Actually Accomplish Your Career and Academic Goals this Year

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We’re a couple weeks in to the new year now, so…how are those New Year’s resolutions coming? I’m sure you’ve been hitting the gym, clipping coupons, and steadfastly writing those daily journal entries. But if statistics are any indication (and they usually are), you’ll most likely only do this for a few weeks, and then settle back into your comfortable old ways.

And I was just talking about the simple day-to-day stuff. What about those grandiose career and academic goals you haven’t even started yet? Like changing careers so you can finally do what you love for a living? Making more money so you can pay off debts and save for retirement? Finally learning web design, or Italian, or whatever you’ve been meaning to do for years?

Those kinds of resolutions take commitment, planning, and *gulp* even homework. Goals that require education are among the most common New Year’s resolutions people make, yet because of their daunting nature, they’re a bit hard to set in motion.

But you’re not alone in this! We have resources to help get those wheels spinning. Check out some of ValuED’s most popular articles that can help you set the stage for a successful year ahead:

See if You’re Really Ready to Make a Change
If you’re thinking about going back to school to help accomplish your goals, be aware of how much you want to make this change at this point. Read what Colorado State University’s Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Jody Donovan, suggests you consider.

Find Your Career Calling
You can make a living while doing something meaningful. Psychology professor Bryan Dik, who specializes in career calling research, explains how to identify your true calling, and how to live it out.

Take the First Step Toward Grad School
Many master’s and doctoral-level programs require applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Find out what it entails, and get practical study tips from professional test prep instructor and Ph.D. candidate, Athena Kennedy.

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