11:06 07 January 2010
The start of the New Year is traditionally the time to take stock and review how our lives are going, but it is all too easy to have forgotten our resolutions by the time February comes.
Instead of making unattainable New Year's resolutions that fizzle out almost as soon as they've begun, why not make a longer-term plan?
The Careers Advice Service has joined forces with expert careers and life coach Carole Ann Rice to develop checklists of things to do before you reach the landmark birthdays of 30, 40 and 50-years-old.
Here are your easy-to-follow tips, designed to encourage you to think about how you can realise your dreams and keep your life on track, whatever age you turn in the year 2010.
Things to do before you are 30
Carole Ann Rice says: "In your 20s you have your whole life ahead of you, but it is still important to make the most of your opportunities, so by the time you're 30 you should have a clearer idea of your long-term goals.
Aim to achieve one personal and one professional short-term goal before the end of each year. Why not learn a new skill or widen your circle of friends by joining a local club or social group?"
Things to do before you are 40:
Rice says: "As you approach you the big 4-0, the key is to keep things fresh. Why not take a course to make sure your basic skills are up to scratch?
"Perhaps you could take an IT course to make sure your skills and knowledge are up to date, or learn to handle your finances and start saving for a rainy day."
Things to do before you are 50:
Rice says: "Your 50s should be about making time for the things you want to do. I would advise people to try to achieve a work life balance that suits them while in their 40s.
"We might be working longer than we used to, but why not book a trip away and plan to see and do the things you've always wanted, or take a part time gardening course? You never know, it might turn into a money-making hobby!"
The government's Careers Advice Service provides free, impartial and confidential advice for those interested in learning a new skill, wanting information on different courses, or help to find out about funding options and ways to get started in a new career.
For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/careersadvice.
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