This may seem obvious, but do you have clear and concise employment goals? Many of us jump into the workforce without having clearly outlined what our overall career goals are. Establishing a few overall goals now can save you time and improve your chances of landing that dream job.
Here are some quick tips on how to make great career goals:
When you’re formulating goals, take time to dive into the specific outcomes, motivations, and actions that are required to achieve your goals. If your goals are too vague, they may be easy to forget and difficult to track. Although writing specific goals may raise unexpected questions, it’s better to address these now in a thoughtful way as opposed to later in your career journey.
Think about a timeline
Make sure to include a set of time markers when constructing your goals. This will help you take actionable steps in achieving them.
Measure your successes
Think of ways to keep yourself accountable for your career goals. Set quantifiable ways to keep yourself honest and on track. Reward yourself each step of the way.
If you find yourself feeling burned out or frustrated when it comes to achieving your goals, it’s certainly acceptable to re-evaluate them. Use your goals as a general guide, and be prepared to change them if you need to. This pandemic shows how quickly things can change, so be ready to adapt your goals to new challenges and requirements.
Ask yourself the following questions to get started
- What skills, experiences, and credentials do you currently have?
- What industry do I want to work in?
- What work do I want to do?
- What else do I need to achieve those career goals?
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