Salt Lake City is known as a great place to grow your business and your life. Together with our Community Partners we are working to bring people together to foster balanced growth and an ever increasing quality of place in our community. One of these great community partners, SLCC Workforce, brings a guest blog with thoughts and ideas on reinvention and keeping your 2018 goals:
It’s that time of year again: the time when approximately 40 percent of Americans set massive goals for themselves and dream of a better future. But too often, by the time January is gone from the calendar, those grand plans are wiped from memory.
This year can be different.
No, really, it can.
Jade Ozawa-Kirk, M.Ed., LAC, instructor for the positive psychology certificate program at Salt Lake Community College, offers these recommendations for success in 2018:
- First, try calling your resolution a goal or a growth edge you’d like to work on. The term “resolution” itself can sound so dour, and may stifle progress.
- Consider your values. What is important to you and how does this fit with your goal/resolution? For example, if your goal is to lose weight, ask yourself why. What reasons truly speak to your core? Maybe some of your top values are family, contributing to society and kindness. How does weight loss coincide with these?
- Use others to hold yourself accountable. It’s much easier to let go of a goal you’ve held privately, but harder to drop one you’ve announced to friends or a support group. It may be especially helpful to ask a mentor or someone you respect and to follow-up with you on your goal. Social media can work to your advantage here. Tell your Facebook friends. Better yet, find a group of individuals working on the same goal. You can share successes, tips and encouragement.
If your plans for personal transformation include a career change, there are several options available locally at Salt Lake Community College that can prepare you in one year or less, including:
- Genealogy training. People are more interested than ever before in making connections and learning about their heritage. Certified genealogists help individuals trace their roots and discover their personal history.
- Pharmacy technician training. A good option for those looking to re-enter the workforce after having a family or for those seeking to upgrade their career, pharmacy technician training at SLCC begins in January in either a daytime or evening cohort and concludes in December. Externships give students hands-on, real-world experience and connections to employers.
- Therapeutic recreation technician training. These professionals help improve the quality of life for individuals ranging from toddlers to senior citizens.
“The community of learners created at SLCC helps people stay on track with their goals for career reinvention,” said Dr. Jennifer Saunders, associate dean for Continuing Education at the College. “Being connected with like-minded individuals, coupled with the accountability of the learning environment—whether online or in the classroom—is an ideal setting for realizing personal goals.”
To learn more about transforming your career and elevating your personal economy, visit the SLCC Workforce website.
*Blog post contributed by Karah Altman, SLCC Workforce