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Improving skills among top three career resolutions for 2006, says survey

83 per cent of UK employees mix work-related New Year's resolutions with the standard January promises of healthy eating, fitness and lifestyle change, according to research from learning solutions provider Thomson NETg.

The survey of 150 professionals revealed that, among those aiming to change their employment circumstances in the New Year, the top three work-related resolutions are:

* Aim for promotion. A yearning for increased responsibility and salary was the number one resolution for the majority of respondents as 2005 drew to a close.

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

* Update CV. According to the survey, a large number of workers plan to update their CVs during January to reflect successes over the past year and include new experiences and skills.

"The beginning of a new year is the traditional time for people to reflect on the past year and set forward-looking challenges for themselves to meet in the coming one," said Mike Summers, director at Thomson NETg.

"Our poll highlights that the UK is clearly a nation of achievers who want to progress up the career ladder. 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."

He added: "It's great to see that aspiring to better oneself through improving skills is almost as common as more well-known New Year's resolutions, such as eating healthily or saving money."

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