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Jan 1 2008   5:36PM GMT

Career horoscope: Libra 2008

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Libra, the balance
Your 2008 keyword is data analytics

Libra, your astrological position at work this year is tech support. Your charm and good listening skills make you a valuable resource for co-workers who need counsel. In 2008, you will reconnect with past dreams and hopes and finally begin to listen to your own advice.

Last year you may have struggled with what you perceived to be a poor return on your investment. A project close to your heart may have ended abruptly or may not have received the praise you felt it deserved. The world as you knew it might even have changed dramatically, through no fault of your own. In the coming year, you will make positive, practical changes to recapture what you have lost.

In 2008, your success depends on your willingness to take off your rose-colored glasses and look at the world as others see it. This may be difficult, even painful at times, but it’s necessary. You will need to crunch numbers and count beans. By being more analytical and less self-critical, you will find success and gain the admiration you desire.

This is a good time to think about changing assignments or perhaps even changing jobs. Although you may be afraid of more change, remember that change you initiate on your own can be empowering. Think about where you want to be five years from now and then start making a mental map for how to get there. Don’t be afraid of trying something new or stretching yourself beyond your limits. This year, as long as you keep an eye on the bottom line, you cannot fail.

Your keyword in 2008 is data analytics. Become your own ROI specialist and build on your strengths. As you expand your skill set this year, take time to think about long-term goals. Work the job you’ve imagined.

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