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CareersThe Chinese New Year begins tomorrow, February 8, and it will be the Year of the Monkey. According to Chinese astrologers, the Year of the Monkey will be characterised by adventure and discovery for everyone, and it promises learning, change and progress.

If you were born in the Year of the Monkey (e.g. 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 or 2004) or work with someone who was, then factor in the following:

 The Monkey is the most versatile sign of the Chinese zodiac. People born under this sign are usually inventors, entertainers and the geniuses behind anything innovative, even mischief. They are good with their hands, are dextrous with machines, possess technological intuition, and easily come to grips with new concepts. Their innate flexibility and versatility, coupled with enthusiasm, make them adaptive to different work environments.

Monkeys rise to new challenges naturally and hammer away at a problem until the right solution is found. With their agile minds and multiple talents, they can master any subject. They possess great organisational skills and are perfectly suited for work which involves investigation and speedy responses.

In this Year for Monkeys, they should consider career changes or explore their entrepreneurial side; their extraordinary ability to make good decisions can help them do so. However, Monkeys may encounter roadblocks at work due to their impetuous temper and tendency to look down on their colleagues.

Although some people like the eccentricities associated with Monkeys, others don’t trust their sly, restless and inquisitive nature. Their tendency to sometimes appear jealous, suspicious, cunning and selfish can negatively impact their work relationships.

Once Monkeys set a target, it is rare for them to fail. However, even though they are good at assessing risks and have a keen sense of financial situations, it is important for them to know their limits.

– Fauzia Kerai Khan
The writer is Chief Consultant, i&b Consulting, Training, eLearning. fauzia@iandbconsulting.com.