The 2022–2023 academic year will soon be underway at campuses across the country. Leaders in higher education are strategizing for the year ahead to ensure it’s a successful one for their institutions. But what about your own career? In the midst of strategic planning on an organization level, devote some thought to your own career growth. We have three tips to position yourself for advancement in the 2022–2023 academic year.

Understand your goals. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never find your way. What are your long term goals? What intermediate steps can help you reach them? Spend 30 minutes in open-ended dreaming and brainstorming and then pare down your list to a few refined objectives. 

Focus your efforts. Most professionals are already taxed and don’t have endless energy to devote to career development. Rather than haphazard efforts in many areas, strategically engage a few avenues. Perhaps you want to regularly meet with a mentor or hone a new skill or attend a conference. Be realistic and concentrated for maximum efficacy.

Expand your network. No one grows their career alone. One of the best ways to build momentum for career advancement is through ongoing collaboration. Intentionally spend time connecting with colleagues—not for what you can get out of your relationships, but how you can invest in your community.