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What the Year of the Horse holds for your career

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With a day to go before Chinese New Year, we decide to see what the Year of the Wooden Horse might have in store for everyone career wise.

Here is a quick summary according to zodiac animal (and if you’re not sure which animal you are, click here).

Unfortunately, it isn’t going to be a smooth year for those born in the Year of the Rat. However, those who are willing to be patient, play their cards right and wait for the right opportunities will be in a better position to take on the world. Think long-term, and don’t be tempted to act on impulse when it comes to work this year.

Don’t rush into any decisions when it comes into your job this year, but rather, take time to contemplate your next career move. Think about where you want to be and start making plans on how to get there. This may not be an exciting year for you, but it’d be a good time to re-access and reprioritise your professional life.

This might be a good year for you, but only if you’re willing to get your hands dirty and earn your stripes, Tiger. If you’ve been considering a job switch, this might be a good year to pursue that change.

This year will be fast-paced for those born in the Year of the Rabbit, but if you’re able to keep up with the speed and stamina of the Horse, you’ll reap in the benefits. It’s a great year to follow your passions, kick start that big project you’ve been eyeing or just making your ideas more heard in the office.

If you’ve been planning on a career switch, it might be a good idea to shelf that thought this year. The Year of the Horse might be just to time to lie low and wait it out. This isn’t to say you’re going to have a bad year; stay close to your social networks and maintain relationships. When the time is right, you might find something positive there career-wise.

This is the year you should finally stand up and be heard. You’ve proved your worth in the company over the past few years and that effort is just about to pay off. Follow your gut, show initiative and continue being a valuable member of the team – something bigger and better might just be waiting for you around the corner.

It may be your year, but it doesn’t seem to be time to giddy up and jump ship. Even if things do get tough this year, remain strong and show perseverance. Keep your eye on the end goal, but it won’t hurt to have a Plan B in the wings just in case things do get rough.

Last year saw your putting your best foot forward and you’re about the enjoy the fruits of your labour. The Year of the Horse is the perfect time to ask for the promotion or go for that big job you’ve been dreaming of. The odds are definitely in your favour this year.

The say failures present the best learning opportunities and that cannot be truer for you this year. Show off your problem solving and analytical thinking skills this year, but you might also have to stay on your toes. You never know when opportunities will come knocking so be prepared for anything.

Forget those working around you – this is the year to focus on promoting and branding yourself. Trust your instincts, remain flexible and don’t let past mistakes or career set backs prevent you from achieving what you’ve set out to do this year.

The horse will have your back this year, so it’s a good time to take on bigger challenges at work. This will be a good time to chase those ambitions you may have been putting on hold. Show off your leadership skills and you might be surprise at where this year will take you.

It’s time to dream big and stand your ground this year. It may not be all smooth sailing this year but remember you’re worthy of your goals and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise – or steal your thunder. You are more than deserving to have a great year, but no one will be in a better position to get you there than yourself.

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Sabrina Zolkifi
Deputy editor
Human Resources Magazine Singapore

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