Here you are; curled up on the sofa on New Year’s wondering how you can pave the way to a brighter career future in 2018. It is time to face the exciting reality of new beginnings. Read on to find out how to get started:

Learn new things every day

To do so, you will need to pay attention to what is happening at work. Don’t keep your head down. Observe intently; you are likely to understand more about your co-workers, boost your emotional intelligence and become more productive.

Do some road mapping

No one advances without prior planning. Thus, always be on the lookout for the next challenge that will get you closer to your ultimate career goals.

See the big picture

When you can clearly see how your contribution fits in the greater scheme of your organization’s mission, staying motivated and committed to driving results will be easier.

Practise integrity

Say what you mean and mean what you say. Honesty and reliability are core traits regardless of your rank or working pattern. Being ethical will earn you lots of points with your boss and peers.

Mind your wellbeing

This is always on our New Year’s resolutions lists; making sure you eat healthy food and staying fit are crucial to productivity as well. People who are more active are reportedly better performers and generators of new ideas.

Expand your role

Volunteer to contribute to projects that do not strictly fall within your responsibilities. Your boss will notice. However, ensure that you can really add value to an undertaking before joining.

Align with the Manager

Ensure that what you are doing is aligned with your manager’s expectations and strive to exceed them. Furthermore, insist on meeting with them regularly to confirm that you are on the same page.

Learn about others’ roles

Understanding how your peers work is crucial to your advancement and to building meaningful relationships. Show an interest and don’t isolate yourself.


Don’t put an email off if someone depends on it. Share your knowledge openly because a time will come when you will need the favour to be returned.

Have fun

You spend more than a third of your life at work, so ensure that you are relaxed and positive. Make time for yourself, your family and friends too. Don’t be dull and overworked.