My career goals for 2016

MyCC2015 copy

Some of my work from 2015. I’m going to do a lot more this year!

 

I thought I would start the new year by making a list of career related goals that I want to achieve in the next 12 months. Having this list will make me feel more organised and hopefully it will keep me focussed. I feel very motivated to get stuff done this year and I’m a lot more confident than I was this time last year, so I know that 2016 will be amazing!

 

1. Get a permanent job

My current job as a graphic designer is on a temporary contract which ends in a few months so I am aiming to find a permanent job as soon as possible. It feels scary to be job searching after such as short time but now that I have more skills and experience I hope that finding a job won’t be as difficult as it was a year ago. In the next few weeks I am going to update my CV and put together a graphic design portfolio, then I need to apply for jobs. Wish me luck!

 

2. Do more illustration

Unfortunately, illustration took a back seat in the last half of 2015 as I was concentrating on my graphic design job. However, I am aiming to get into a better routine this year so I will have time to illustrate in the evenings. I want to develop my skills and the only way I can do this is to practice more.

 

3. Improve as a graphic designer

When I studied illustration at university I never thought I would be working as a graphic designer and always imagined myself as a children’s book illustrator, but as it’s a very competitive industry I found it hard to get into and had to look at other career options. I’m so glad I did that as I love my job and I’m looking forward to continuing my graphic design career. I have learned a lot over the past 9 months but there is still room for improvement and I am very keen to learn more this year to become a better graphic designer.
 
4. Get involved in more creative groups

In the first half of last year I regularly contributed to Colour Collective on Twitter, but I found that I had less time to get involved when I started working full time. This year I want to take part in more groups like this as I really enjoyed looking at everyone else’s work and exchanging feedback.

I would also like to get involved in meet ups with other illustrators and designers, such as Draw North West. I joined their Facebook group a few months ago, but I have to admit that I was scared of travelling to Manchester on my own at night to meet people I don’t know and I hate that I let this fear stop me from going. I would really love to talk to other creative people so I need to have the courage to go to one of these meet ups! If anyone knows of any similar groups around Wrexham or Widnes please let me know via email (contact@helendennettillustration.co.uk), Twitter or Facebook.
 
5. Pass my driving test

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and I am determined to get it done this year. I first learned to drive about 10 years ago but didn’t pass the practical test (3 times!), then I took a break and haven’t been back to it since. Having enough money to pay for lessons and tests has always been the main reason, but now that I’m working I can afford to start taking lessons again. Not being able to drive is very frustrating and I can’t wait to have my own car so I can be more independent and can get to work without having to rely on rubbish public transport.
 
So that’s my list of goals for this year. I think they are all achievable and I tried to keep them realistic as there is no point having goals which are impossible to achieve! I’m going to keep going back to this list throughout the year to see how I’m getting on and to keep me on track. Here’s to a brilliant 2016!