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2016 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

If you’re looking to improve your life or turn over a new leaf in January, you aren’t alone. Between 40 to 50 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. This year, health and career are top of mind as people look to improve their lives in the New Year. Advancing your career is a popular resolution; 10% of people who make New Year resolutions are committed to finding a better job in 2016.

Making a resolution is the first step, but how do you keep your resolution into February and throughout 2016? If you’re looking to jump start your career in 2016, here are five ways to advance your career:

Learn How to Lead

Is 2016 the year you become a business leader? Looking to take the first step? Whether you are an engineer interested in taking on a leadership position or you want to learn to create an inclusive work environment to harness your full potential and the best in your colleagues, learn from business leaders and secure the key leadership skills you need to succeed.

Achieve Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance and how to achieve it is on everyone’s minds. A recent Pew Research Center Survey found in nearly half of two-parent households, both parents work full time. And, more than half of all working parents say balancing work and family is difficult. Even employers are resolving to giving back employees’ nights and weekend.

In 2016, make managing work-life a priority while advancing your career. Learn to create better work-life integration with Catalyst Inclusive Leadership Training: Get Beyond Work-Life Balance.

Get a Promotion

Want to make your resume or skill-set stand out in today’s crowded and competitive job market? Education and learning new skills are a great way to earn a promotion in the New Year.

Position yourself for success by learning something new or gaining in-depth knowledge in your field. Learning with a MOOC or an online professional education course shows an employer that you are interested in self-improvement and motivated to advance your knowledge and career – and you’ll have the certificate to prove it (and to share on LinkedIn).

Start Your Own Business

Maybe 2016 is the year you fulfill your dream of being your own boss. Want to become an entrepreneur, but not sure where to start?

MIT grads are certainly experts in starting their own businesses. A recent report showed the entrepreneurial spirit and innovative reach of MIT graduates. The study estimates that living MIT alumni have:

  • Launched more than 30,000 active companies
  • Created 4.6 million jobs
  • And, generated roughly $1.9 trillion in annual revenue

Learn from the MIT business experts who taught these successful entrepreneurs and find your entrepreneurial path today. Or, check out other great start up courses from top universities in Germany and Australia.

Don’t Go It Alone

No matter your 2016 New Year’s resolutions, you don’t have to achieve them alone. Tricks to keep your resolution include, setting short-term goals, keeping track and employing the buddy system. EdX courses have these resolution-keepers built in to every course. With due dates, assessments, and a global community of learners, edX courses give you the structure and flexibility you need to achieve your career goals.

So, sign up with a friend today and advance your career in 2016!

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