Make 2011 the Year of U

Danielle Rubensteinby Danielle Rubenstein
Associate Director of Alumni Career Services
Goizueta Business School
February 2011


It’s 2011. Some of you are employed in jobs you love, some of you are currently job seeking, and some of you may feel stuck in a job you don’t particularly like. Regardless of your current situation, I have no doubt there is a way to improve it. But what do you do?

You proclaim 2011 the Year of “U” (YOU). The key is to determine what that means and how achieve it.

The first step is to find out what you want from life this year. Focus on every aspect: personal and career. Do you want to get a promotion at work? Spend more time with your family? Expand your business if you’re an entrepreneur? Find a job you would really enjoy?

It’s important to take the time to evaluate what you truly want so you can set appropriate goals.

Once you’ve listed your goals, determine a timeframe for reaching them. Organize the information in a spreadsheet, online (I like www.jibberjobber.com for job seekers), or however works best for you. But be sure to write down all your goals with clear steps and deadlines so you can stay on track.

Emory’s career services offices are here to assist you in setting and reaching your career goals; in fact, one of your first goals can be to contact your school’s alumni career services office or the Emory Alumni Association’s (EAA) career services representatives.

Wishing you all a year of happiness, health, and prosperity—make this the best year of YOU it can be.


Danielle Rubenstein, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), is an associate director of alumni relations at Goizueta Business School, where she manages Goizueta’s Mentor Program. Goizueta alumni may email Contact_ACS@bus.emory.edu for further career services assistance.