Some people enter the job market with a very clear career path to grow. If you are an attorney, maybe you hang out your own shingle after passing the bar. Then you pursue your first position with an established firm.
For others, possibly you have a particular career level in mind, mid level or upper management but no single position in mind. So could be a Manager, Director or VP depending on the industry or organization.
But have you really decided what you want to be when you grow up yet?
More and more people are asking themselves whether the field where they started is exactly where they want to stay. Over the last 10 years, a willingness to consider changing companies and even industries has become more common.
So if you don’t have an “end” position in mind, setting career goals is worth your time. Today it may be more about gaining particular skills than landing in a specific industry or field.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What specific skills do you want to gain?
- What industries or fields do you find interesting?
- Where do you think you will find purpose in your work?
Write down your answers. Use this information to start compiling a list of potential roles or positions that would help you achieve one or more of the goals identified by answering these questions.
And as always remember, “Goals that don’t get written down, don’t get done”.
So here are a few other tips to turn those career goals into successes.
- Use your personal planner to pencil in your goals
- Smart phones are a great invention for goal setters
- A standard wall calendar is a great way to keep you on track
- Use Outlook or other electronic calendars to remind of tasks
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