Happy new year! Are you ready to kick off the new year with some incredible goals to advance your career or complete a large project at work? I polled the ConfigMgr crowd on Twitter to find out what everybody had planned for 2018 and shared some of my own goals as well. Here are some of the community goals:

1 Perfect Your PowerShell

Learn PowerShell, and if you know it, improve it by a factor of 10. You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that mastery of PowerShell is mandatory if you would like to take your career to new levels. While clicking through wizards or manually completing steps can sometimes give you a feeling of security (i.e., you know what options you picked), it can burn time and prevent any admin from taking on tougher challenges.

2 Master the Managements

Get in the know about all the management options. From co-management, to modern management, to on-prem solutions, the landscape is changing. There are many moving pieces, and a lot to understand. If you want to stand on solid ground in the years to come, mind where it’s shifting.

3 Keep Current

Stay up to date. From patching strategies to drivers and firmware, there are plenty of community resources to keep in mind when detailing a plan to improve how your company stays on top of security.

4 Level Up

Take a course, attend a conference, or get certified. Not all admins have the luxury of employer-sponsored learning. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to level-up your skills. Check out local user groups and join one. If you live in an area where there isn’t one that already exists, start one on your own. Another option is online learning from Pluralsight or other similar platforms. The best networking will be at in-person events, but there is plenty you can do online too. For example, you may be able to expand your LinkedIn network, which could give rise to new opportunities if you look for small ways to improve your skills.

5 Be a Blogger

Start a blog. There are obvious and not so obvious reasons for this. A blog is a great way to establish yourself as a leader in the technical community. Be careful, as it can also be a great way to burn yourself out trying to be the first to post a topic or a solution to a community problem. It is also a great way to document what you learn for your own benefit or the benefit of your teammates at work. If you don’t want to maintain your own blog, develop a relationship with those who have more popular blogs and see if you can submit a few posts as a guest blogger throughout the year.