A goal without a plan is just a wish.
The end of the year can leave you feeling a little uninspired, burnt
out and well over it! But we think it's the perfect time to look back
on the year that's been, shake off any negativity you may be feeling
and let your imagination explore the possibilities that 2016 could
bring. And create a plan of action.
The future is unpredictable; life throws up so many unexpected events
that can throw you off course. You may not get the ATAR you expected,
the career you thought you'd love could turn out to be unfulfilling or
you could be made redundant tomorrow… It's all unforeseen. But having
a plan of action that balances the "what if'' with the
"could be" can give you back some of the elusive control
over the future.
What's important to you? Knowing your personal values will help you
to understand why you make the decisions you make, helping to guide
you through future decisions. Psychological researchers conducted a
self-knowledge study on 70 24-year-olds. They found that some
participants were unable to reflect on themselves and lacked direction
in life, while those who had a good grasp of their personal values
(also known as ‘personal intelligence') appeared more driven and proactive.
Deciding on an ideal career is an amazing first step. Some people
never make that realisation and float unsatisfied from job to job. But
picking the job for you is only the start of what can sometimes be a
long journey to an eventual payday. If you didn't get the marks you
need to begin that degree, research what pathway courses you need to
take. Set short-term achievable goals that will help to make you feel
satisfied with your career choices.
If things don't work out, creating an alternate plan you can pick up
and run with can help reduce anxiety. It's the difference between
planning and worrying… Worrying about getting a job at the end of your
course isn't productive. But planning for life post-graduation by
attending networking events or reaching out to your dream company for
unpaid work experience will give you the edge over the competition.
Too much of anything is unhealthy – study included. Plan your year
with fun rewards throughout! The secret to living a balanced life is
to be organised and structured with your study routine and prepare for
life after TAFE. That way you can cut loose and enjoy the present
without feeling guilty about it.