change career career refresh woman laptopFeel stuck in your job? Do you need to change career? As we head into the new year, it’s not uncommon for people to start thinking about their future. As you reflect on the year gone by, you may feel a little ho-hum about your current position. You may start to think that it’s time to change career.

But here’s the thing: calling time on your current role and moving on might not be the best thing for you. Instead, think about giving your career a little refresh. With a little direction and planning, it’s possible to create a new you for the new year. You’ll be pumped and ready to go. Let’s take a look at how we obtain a career refresh and reboot. 


Just like your garden needs constant care and attention, so does your job. If you feel like your time and energy are being drained by unnecessary tasks or projects, it could be time to take a step back. Learning to say ‘no’ can be tricky but ultimately it can lead to less stress. And actually, you will find that you will put your full productivity into your actual work. So, list your top priorities that you want to focus your attention on over the next twelve months. Start trimming the fat so you can give yourself 100 percent to achieving those goals.

Look at your options

We’ve covered whether to move on or stay in your current job in a previous article. But, instead of making things so dramatic – and potentially risky – why not see if there are other roles within your company first? Maybe you could land one of the better graduate jobs with your current employer, or even request to move departments and try something else? If you are wanted at work and are known to be a good performer, there’s every chance your boss will want to keep you around.

Work the network

You can breathe new life into your role by taking more of a lead on your own career success. Joining a professional society or group can be helpful in connecting with others in your field. Having a professional network  could provide you with insight and connections. These mentors and colleagues will provide you with fresh thinking and new ideas to move your career forward.

Polish your public profiles

The end of the year is also a good time to update your profiles – both on your resume and online. Writing down what you have done over the past twelve months will help you track your accomplishments. It will remind you of successes that you may have forgotten, and even give you some pointers on where you need to brush up. So, refresh your resume and LinkedIn profile.  You never know when it might come in handy. Put your best professional self forward!

Do you have any tips for giving yourself a career refresh? Share your knowledge in the comments section below!

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