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Want to Keep Moving Forward? You Better Know the Answers to These Key Questions

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When it comes to your career, it’s not only important to keep moving forward, but also to look back and reflect. By taking the time to think about what’s happened so far, you can actually get lots of clarity in terms of where you want to go next and how you’ll get there.

If you’re looking for a little help getting started, ask yourself these key questions:

  1. Start at the core: What are your personal values—and how are you ensuring that they’re a key component of the work you’re doing? (Wall Street Journal)
  2. Think about this in terms of big picture as well as your skills: Would you hire yourself? (Observer)
  3. There’s an old Jim Rohn quote about how we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. So, who are your five? (Lifehacker)
  4. Everyone has a role in the office. What’s your role? Do you like it? How could you change it or make it even better? (Inc.)
  5. Often there’s a discrepancy between how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us. Are you aware of your own blind spots? (Forbes)
  6. Are there new skills you can learn? If so, check out these 37 websites that can teach you something. (Medium)
  7. Answering an interview question about your dream job is tough, but it’s important to ask yourself: What would be your ideal situation 10 years from now?
  8. Another crucial question: How do you find happiness at work? (Tiny Buddha)
  9. Need a little more help beyond these questions? Here are 11 career quizzes that can point you in the right direction. (The Daily Muse)