It's that time of year: How to look back and plan ahead for career advancement

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These TechRepublic Premium resources make it easy to take stock of your 2021 accomplishments and look ahead to next year's goals.

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2021 is winding down fast. Before you know it, you'll be trying to remember to use 2022 when typing out the date. The pace usually slows a little in December and picks right back up again in January. Now is the time to carve out 30 minutes in your schedule to think about your career. What did you accomplish over the last year? There's a good chance that you had some new challenges to tackle. 

Once you know what you've done, it's time to plan what you want to do next.

What do you want to learn in the new year? Are there certifications to earn or professional milestones to reach?  

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These TechRepublic Premium resources will help you check off both tasks: taking stock of work well done and thinking about a new set of goals for 2022.

Accomplishment tracker

This spreadsheet offers a basic framework for recording your achievements, feedback and activities throughout the year. This simple form makes the self-evaluation and review process easier. Of course you can use it to take a look back on the last 12 months. Ideally, you'll start the new year off right and open it up every month to log your wins.

7 steps for setting goals in a new year

If you're facing down a deadline from HR for completing a self-review or planning 2022 goals, this structured exercise can help. You won't have to start from scratch or remember what S.M.A.R.T. stands for. This short but thorough process makes it easy to match your own goals with your company's goals and set a plan for meeting both. 

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