A review of my career goals for 2016

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Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll pass my driving test so I won’t
be waiting in the rain for the bus like poor Totoro

 

Way back in January I set myself some goals for 2016 and I thought I’d review them to see how I’m getting on:

 
1. Get a permanent job

I did it! After seven months and lots of interviews I finally have a new job as a graphic designer. Job searching was tough and I didn’t expect it to take so long, but now I realise that I was naive to think it would be easy.

I’m really excited about starting my new job in a few months and I’m looking forward to all the new challenges it will bring.
 
2. Do more illustration

I haven’t done very well with this goal. I’ve only taken part in Colour Collective six times this year because most of my time has been spent doing things like job searching, taking driving lessons and working part time. However, I still have five months left this year to do more illustration.
 
3. Improve as a graphic designer

I have definitely improved in the last seven months and I’m eager to improve a lot more when I start my new job. I find that even learning something small like a new Adobe Illustrator shortcut is an improvement (and it makes work a lot quicker).
 
4. Get involved in more creative groups

I’ll admit that I’ve been rubbish with this goal. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve only taken part in Colour Collective six time this year and sometimes I struggle to get involved in the conversation, but I do like to leave positive comments about people’s work. I haven’t been to any meet ups yet as Draw North West in Manchester is a bit too far, but I’m still interested in finding groups around Wrexham and Chester.
 
5. Pass my driving test

I passed my theory test at the beginning of July and I’ve booked my practical test which I’ll be taking in a few months so I think I’m on target for this goal.
 
After reviewing my goals for this year I think I’m doing well. However, there is room for improvement with regards to doing more illustration and getting involved in creative groups. I’ll review these goals again at the end of the year to see if I have achieved them.