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By Perminus Wainaina

Hellen (not her real name) has had a tough year, as she puts it. She suddenly lost her job after working for an international NGO for close to three years. Her plan had been to work at the company for five years, before venturing into her own business.

“This way, I would leave having saved enough for my business,” she says.

Without a job, she had to reevaluate all the goals she had set for herself and work on finding a job as soon as possible.

“I have not been able to secure a job. I have not even achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the year,” she adds.

You too may have been looking for a job or a career change this year, without much success. How far are you in terms of your career plans? Have you achieved your goals?

As a professional, it is important to keep track of your progress. This way, you are able to set and achieve your goals better. If you have no plan for your career yet, this is the time to consider creating one.

As we prepare to wrap up 2019, here are questions you should ask yourself, to assess how far you have come in your career progression.

1. What Was my Biggest Set Back in 2019?

Is it a presentation that you performed dismally at, what went wrong? What did you overlook that made it fail? Is it misjudgment at your place of work that made you lose an opportunity? What would you have done differently to ensure that you didn’t lose out on the opportunity? In the interviews you failed, what could have gone wrong? In all your job applications that went unanswered, was it your CV that was letting you down? Make a list of all those setbacks you faced this year, and devise solutions from the lessons learned.

With this question, you are able to identify your regrets, failures and setbacks – carefully and objectively analyzing their origin and solutions.

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