Your end-of-year career checklist

What is an end-of-year career checklist you may ask?

Well, this time of the year is a great time to reflect on the year and years past and to create a to-do list to help organise and get you prepared for the new year ahead.

Here are some things you can add to that list so that you can feel perfectly put together and ready to step into a new work year after your break.

Reflect and reward

First things first, have a little think about the year you’ve just had. Congratulations on making it through! Make a list of the things you’ve achieved and the goals you’ve conquered or exceeded. Think about the good deeds and memories you have collected amongst your work colleagues. Look back with gratitude and pride. Reward your achievements with a team lunch, your own Christmas present or whatever you feel is suitable!

Nothing is too small to celebrate and appreciate – this can really help us gain confidence and closure as we reach the end of the year.

Update your resume

Something more practical is to update your resume. I’m sure you may have collected some new responsibilities this year or worked on some impressive projects. You may have even been lucky enough to get a new job. Make sure to keep your resume up to date so there is less for you to do in the future!

Organise your files

As the year comes to a close, you may realise the folders on your computer getting a little wild. Make sure everything is organised and compartmentalised properly. And that anything you no longer need from this year is filed away in a 2020 folder.

Think about your goals

Lastly, it can be exciting and motivating to have some goals in mind so that when you start back at work you aren’t overwhelmed with what you want to achieve. Make a list of three to four things you would like to achieve in the new year, may they be work related or not. Then you can expand on them and plan more when you are better rested.


What other kinds of things do you do at the end of the year to help keep organised?

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