Did you make a New Year resolution for 2013? A survey by LinkedIn showed that 85% planned to make a New Year Resolution related to their professional life/career in the coming year. This is up from 67% who did last year. The top five professional goals of Singaporeans were:

(1) Professional development through learning new skills (50%)

(2) Network more or build more professional relations (50%)

(3) Get promoted or move into a leadership role (39%)

(4) Get a new job or career (36%)

(5) Get a pay raise (34%)

The No. 1 resolution “learning new skills” was reflected worldwide with Brazil at 61% heading the list.

The main reason Singaporeans gave for selecting this goal was “financial security and growth”.

A career coach remarked that with a weak economy and uncertain job market, Singaporeans had understood that strengthening one’s capabilities was the key to stay competitive.

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