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Time for a Mid-Year Career Review

27 Jun
by Suzie Business Owner & Senior HRBP

As we hit the midpoint of the year (6 months until Christmas!), many of us find ourselves knee-deep in daily routines, often losing sight of long-term career goals we may have set. This is why conducting a mid-year career review can be an opportunity to reflect on your achievements and reassess or realign your goals.

1. Evaluate Progress and Celebrate Wins

A mid-year review allows you to evaluate the progress you’ve made towards your annual goals. It’s easy to forget about the small victories when you’re focused on the bigger picture. Acknowledging your achievements not only boosts your morale but also helps you gain a clearer understanding of what strategies and actions have been most effective.

2. Identify Areas for Improvement

No doubt you’ve faced challenges. You have enough data by mid-year to identify what hasn’t worked and why. This is the perfect time to analyse setbacks and obstacles. Understanding these pain points allows you to adjust your approach and implement changes that can steer you back on course.

3. Realign Goals with Changing Priorities

Personal and professional priorities can shift over time. What seemed like a crucial goal at the beginning of the year might no longer be relevant. A mid-year review provides the opportunity to reassess and realign your goals with your current priorities and the evolving demands of your industry. This ensures that your efforts are always directed towards what truly matters to you.

4. Strategic Planning for the Second Half

The second half of the year presents new opportunities and challenges. You can create a more informed and strategic plan for the upcoming months with a clear understanding of your progress and setbacks. This proactive approach increases your chances of achieving your year-end goals and sets you up for a strong finish.

5. Enhance Professional Development

A mid-year review is also a chance to focus on your professional development. Identify any skills gaps and seek out training or development opportunities. Whether attending a workshop, enrolling in an online course, or finding a mentor, investing in your growth will pay dividends in the long run.

6. Boost Motivation and Productivity

A Summer break often provides the mind space to reflect.

Reflecting on accomplishments and resetting goals can reignite your passion and motivation. This renewed energy often translates into increased productivity and a more positive outlook on your work. It’s a chance to refocus and approach the remainder of the year with a fresh perspective and renewed enthusiasm. 

7. Strengthen Communication with Supervisors and Mentors

Sharing the insights from your mid-year review with your colleagues can strengthen these professional relationships. It demonstrates your commitment to your career and provides a platform for valuable feedback and guidance. These discussions can lead to new opportunities, promotions, or even shifts in your role that better align with your strengths and aspirations.

By adopting the practice of a mid-year career review, you’re not just passively letting the year unfold—you’re actively steering your career in the direction you want it to go. Take the time to reflect, adjust, and plan. Your future self will thank you.

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