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Skills Priority for Workers in 2006


Broadening skills and gaining promotion have topped a poll of new year's resolutions.

More than four-fifths of UK employees mix work-related new year’s resolutions with the standard January promises of healthy eating, fitness and lifestyle change, the Thomson Netg poll found.

The top three work-related resolutions were:

  • Aim for promotion: Increased responsibility and salary was the number one resolution for the majority of UK professionals as 2005 drew to a close.

  • Broaden skills: Many felt that in order to move up the career ladder and increase their chances of promotion, they needed to strengthen their existing skill set through new qualifications and courses.

  • Update CV: In order to get promotion, a large number of workers planned to spend January updating their CVs to reflect successes over the past year and include new experiences and skills.

  • Mike Summers, director at Thomson NETg said it was encouraging to see work-related goals featuring so highly in the survey.

    “Our poll highlights that the UK is clearly a nation of achievers who want to progress up the career ladder," he said. "In today’s competitive market, employees are realising that, in order to attract the attention of management and achieve that work-related resolution, they need to broaden their experiences and knowledge.”


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