As the year begins many people plan forward progress in their careers. This article provides an overview based on my most useful advice from the past few years.
I was never a fan of flashback episodes on TV, it felt lazy; why write a new show when we can just take clips from old shows? I came for new laughs, not old ones.
Information, on the other hand, has the opposite problem. There’s often a disconnect between when you read information, and when you need that information. People like me may put out evergreen ideas, but when you read it, it may not be relevant, and when you need it, it is likely buried under millions of more recent posts and inbox clutter.
(This, by the way, is why I created Brain Bump, because you can save and direct what information you need, when and where you need it, instead of hoping someone throws it out into the world when you need it. You can get all key ideas from this blog, and many other books, blogs, podcasts, talks, and more in the app, all for free.)
That said, at the start of the year, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what people are thinking about. Some are trying to lose weight, others to drink less alcohol. For many, and certainly for readers of these articles, it’s a time to refocus on your career. Here are key ideas to start your professional year off right, chock full of “flashback clips” (i.e., links to the most useful prior articles).
Many of these posts apply to more than one category (and are tagged as such in on my website’s blog and in the tags for the blog tips and books tips on Brain Bump), but here I can only put them in one list. I’ve selected articles based on what has been the most popular with readers the last few years as well as what I think would be most impactful at the start of a new year.
These articles will help you build skills and advance your career.
More career articles.
Help to plan for and find your next job.
More interviewing articles.
Why and how you need to get better at negotiating.
More negotiation articles.
Advice to improve your networking skills and overall network quality.
More networking articles.
Leadership & Management
Unspoken lessons about leadership and management.
In addition to teaching professional development at MIT for over twenty years and writing The Career Toolkit, I’m also a CTO with multiple AI-related patents. I help companies implement AI and help people adjust their careers to benefit from AI. This was an especially popular topics in 2023 and will likely continue to be in 2024.
More technology articles.
If you haven't stepped back and thought about your career direction in a while, start with these career questions. Then pick one of the topics above and focus on that; come back to the other articles later, rather than try to read them all at once and get overwhelmed.
Again, this is where the free Brain Bump app helps, because you can have all this in your pocket and just pull up the tip (and link to the original article) within seconds. To get it
Best of luck with your career in 2024 and beyond. If you have questions send them to me and I may answer them in a future article.
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