Possibilities and promise for workers across the country

We asked several people across the country about their career-related plans for the new year. Here's what they said:

Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2006

"Find a new job. I need more money."

- Robert Fhergelli, Hamburg, N.Y.

"Looking for the best internship. I graduate in 2008, so I need a great internship this summer to help put me on the right career track after graduation."

- Alice Hilgenberg, Canton, Ohio

"Retirement. I taught at Naperville Central. They're in eighth period right now and I'm here."

- Shari Wood, Aurora, Ill.

"Organize my cubicle and keep it organized. It's kind of a pigsty, and it's getting to be embarrassing."

- Marti Black, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"Do something productive during my commute. I work in Manhattan and spend a lot of time doing nothing while traveling back and forth to work. I want to find a way to teach myself Arabic during my commute."

- Rick Bouchard, Stamford, Conn.

"Prioritize better. I'll spend some days working on nothing but small stuff and let the big stuff wait."

- Fred Erichson, Philadelphia

"To get a clinical license as a social worker so I can make more money."

- Amy Menconi, Hammond, Ind.

"Spend more time with my mother, who's been sick lately. My company recently changed its telecommute policy, so I can spend more time working from home this year and looking out for her."

- Denyce Sparrow, St. Paul, Minn.

"To work from home. I hate traveling. I commute about two-and-a-half hours a day if I take the train."

- Adreyenne Rockman, Chicago

"Convince my firm to help fund this daycare down the street. There are more parents there than before, and the best way to help keep them happy and at their job is to find a daycare solution."

- Michelle Loverde, Fresno, Calif.

"Find more balance. I spend too much time at the office and too much time away from my wife and kids. I have to balance it better. I don't want to be one of those dads who leaves before his kids wake up and is home in time to tuck them in."

- Michael Hester, Las Vegas

"My career-related resolution is to continue to build my network both internally and externally and build my skills in my firm's mergers and acquisitions practice."

- Brian O'Conner, Los Angeles

"Make more money, get a better job and work closer to home. I commute about an hour and 20 minutes a day."

- Ken Menconi, Crestwood, Ill.

"More sleep. I spent a lot of time studying for the bar exam last year, and now I need to catch up on some sleep."

- Anthony Estati, Boston

"See how I can get more out of my staff at work. We all do a good job, but something isn't clicking. I want to find out why that is and take care of it."

- J.H., Cape Coral, Fla.

"To find a job as a marriage and family therapist at a private agency. I just got my master's degree."

- Patricia Mackie, Bolingbrook, Ill.

"My resolutions for 2007 is to decide on a grad school, decide if I want my masters in social work or my masters in counseling, and to apply."

- Jessica Ortiz, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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