We are now at that time of year where everyone is making New Year’s resolutions about how they want to better themselves by losing weight, getting fitter etc. It is also important to think about what you want to do with your career and there is no better time to think about this than New Year.

Happy New Year from {Coding in the Trenches}
Happy New Year from {Coding in the Trenches}

New Year is a good opportunity to take a good hard look at what you do for a living and think, is this what I want to be doing? Does this job still have the same level of opportunity that it initially did when I first took it? If the answer is yes, then great, but if the answer is no, maybe now is the time to look for a new opportunity, as getting a new opportunity elsewhere for yourself even opens up opportunity for someone who is taking over your job.

I don’t mean for this to sound negative about whether you are happy in your current job, but maybe New Year is a good time to evaluate things.

For me I have a number of career based resolutions that I have made, and I thought I would share them with you.

    • Keep up the momentum on this Blog. Coding in the Trenches has been an amazing success for its first year. Readership is growing every month and this is helping to keep me inspired to continue.
    • I have mainly been working with Web Services for the past 7 years, and although I am pretty good with other .NET technologies, I seem to have missed the boat with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). We have a big WPF project going on at my current job, and although I don’t expect to be coding on that part of it, I would quite like to get more up to speed on the technology.
    • Learn a new language. I have been using C# predominantly since 2003 and not really had much reason to use anything else, but I quite fancy learning a new language. I am not totally sure which one yet, maybe Ruby, maybe Python. We shall see.
    • I have a number of security based pet projects that I want to continue with (SafePad), or start coding on. They are reasonably small projects, but I would like to complete them in 2014.
    • Improve and practice my software development leadership skills. I spend a large amount of my time leading a development team, so I want to keep up the focus on that area of my career.

I shall finish this post by saying Happy New Year. I hope 2014 is a successful year for you both professionally and personally. I thank you for your readership and support of this Blog and I hope you want to come back to read more interesting software development, architecture and leadership articles throughout 2014.

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