New Year’s Resolutions Fit for an MBA

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It’s a new year, and it’s time to set your goals for 2015. Every year, 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions ranging from getting fit to traveling more. But when thinking about your resolutions for the year, why not consider your personal development and career advancement? What New Year’s resolutions should an MBA student make?

Here are a few suggestions, including ideas from current Neeley School of Business MBA candidates.

Think about the Next Step. “I plan to prepare for my new [professional] role as I wrap up my final year of my MBA.” —Marie Anderson, MBA candidate 2015

Never Stop Improving. Ethan Silvers, MBA candidate 2015, doesn’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions (after all, only about eight percent of people who make resolutions will keep them). Instead, Silvers subscribes to the mantra “Never stop improving” year round.

Sleep Well. Getting adequate sleep is important for success in everything you do. Adults should be getting six to eight hours of sleep a night, and, unfortunately, you can never really “catch up” on shuteye. When you are getting the right amount of sleep, your body will be healthier, better able to fend off illness and you'll have more clarity and improved mental function. So give yourself time to sleep in 2015 and set your schedule accordingly. This is something Leslie Hill, MBA candidate 2015, is striving for this year.

Build Your Network. A new year affords new opportunities to expand your network. Make it a goal to participate in a set number of networking events each month—and make them count. Know who your targets are—perhaps a hiring manager or exec at a company for which you’d like to work—and take advantage of any opportunity you have to build relationships with those people.

Define Your Goals. If you are a current MBA student, chances are you have your next steps carefully planned out. But if you don’t (or if you’re considering returning to school for your MBA), take some time to think about what you want for your future. What are your personal, career and salary goals? Define the steps you must take to achieve what you want and begin moving forward.

Whether you believe in making New Year’s Resolutions or not, taking time to step back, reflect and plan is always beneficial. And what better time to do it than when the calendar flips to a brand-new year?

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