Why you should make a New Year’s resolution

We are half-way through the first five day working week of 2011 and it is time to ask yourself a question.  Did you make a New Years resolution?  Of course you did.  And even if you haven’t consciously decided you have a New Years resolution, the chances are there is inevitably something you want to change about yourself or achieve this year.

Upon quizzing the Inspiring team about New Years resolutions for the purposes of this blog, the majority definitely fit into the latter category.

Of those that gave clean/legal responses, most of the team have decided that they will go to the gym more often and/or lead a healthier lifestyle.  The ever effervescent and apparently philosophical Ben (our CEO) informed me he planned to do into others as I would have them do to mean whilst Christina (HR executive) has decided to stop being stubborn (!?) and Leonie (HR executive), rather depressingly, has decided she needs a better life.

Upon asking Hannah (our newest marketing intern) the same question, I received possibly the most relevant answer to this blog.  In 2011 I plan to take every opportunity that comes my way.

If you are reading this blog it is highly likely that you are on the look out for a career or a career change and that you view an internship as a way into said career.  Maybe you’re thinking you’ll put off applications, that you’ll wait until next month or even the summer.  Whilst that is several months away, it’s never too early to start looking for an internship.  In fact, now is the perfect time.

There are always internships available throughout the year and those of you who get the applications in early stand a much better chance of securing the internship you want.

However, you may already have an internship.  In which case, why not consider a New Year’s resolution something along the lines of take full advantage of the opportunity.  Remember that in a working environment you are not only exposed to what could be a completely new industry but also those who are around you.  Networking during your internship creates huge advantages for you so do your best to develop relationships with potential mentors. You will be viewed as emerging talent and networking with new colleagues or those who work in the same industry will expose you to their experience and knowledge.  You never know, this could be a way of converting your internship into a permanent job or just a good way of developing working relationships which may come in handy in the future.

So there it is.  New Year’s resolutions.  It’s not too late to make one and perhaps making your target official will encourage you to go that little bit further to achieve it.