A study commissioned by Colorado State University Global found that more than half (56%) of Americans want to strengthen their resumes in the coming year. Why? Almost a quarter (22%) of the U.S. workforce is unhappy with their professional life and 37% feel behind on their career goals—especially Millennials (51%).
Because of this, 72% of Millennials report planning to set professional resolutions, particularly wanting to improve their work-life balance (34%) and make new connections (33%), while Gen Z is most focused on growing their skills and education (29%). Regardless of age, everyone is looking for a raise amid rising inflation and cost of living, with the average worker seeking a 32% increase in their salary in 2023.
“With a changing workforce, we may see more people looking to set goals next year to advance their professional lives, whether that is continuing their education, earning a promotion, or pivoting career paths,” said Pamela Toney, CSU Global President. “Intentionally framing goals on your career aspirations in the new year may prove to be more approachable and fulfilling and provide lasting effects long after the year is complete. Education is a great way to open doors to new career and promotional opportunities.”