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Career Goal Setting And Planning

Aug 18, 2007
Everyone has certain career goals that we want to achieve. These are your goals that pertain to your career and your future. Your goal may be to climb the corporate ladder or to get that promotion you have been aiming at. Whatever it maybe, make sure it is a concrete, achievable and realistic goal.

Career planning questions

The most important thing about career goal setting is to know where you are headed and where you are going before you get there. Plan your short term and long-term career goals wisely. This can be done by asking your self the right questions.

. Ask your self what you are truly passionate about career-wise. What is it that you would enjoy doing every single day? Is your current career or job challenging you appropriately? Is it fulfilling?

. Are you happy doing what you are doing at the moment? Would you rather be doing something else?

. Do you enjoy the environment you are working in and are you satisfied monetarily?

. Is your current career allowing you to satisfy your dreams and objective in life?

These questions should help you identify your career goals better and more effectively. They will help you identify and segregate your dreams into long term and short term goals.

Career goal setting tips

. Realistic goals: the key to setting career goals is to set goals that are realistic and achievable. If you dream of taking over your company, that may be slightly unrealistic. A goal like becoming the CEO of the company is attainable and realistic. When you set yourself attainable and realistic goals and when you achieve them, you will feel good about yourself. It will give you the confidence to work harder.

. Manageably small goals: Ever heard of dont bite off more than you can chew? Same goes for your career goals. Make sure that the goal you have outlined for your career is manageable. Do this by dividing your main goal into smaller goals that are easier to achieve and take you towards the main goal.

. Work at the goals systematically: Work on your goals one at a time and in a systematic manner. Do not be rushed and disorganized. This will only confuse you and put you off working towards your goals.

. Small changes: Make small changes in your work habits. If you think a particular thing you are doing and one you could do better could improve your chances of getting that promotion, or getting a raise in salary or will help you climb the corporate ladder faster; then do it! What is stopping you?

. Roadmap your career: A roadmap is a guide to direct you in the right direction. Plan and create a road map that will make your career all the more challenging and rewarding and will enhance your chances of achieving your career goals.

. Focus: Nothing better than to stay focused on your career goals and plans. This will help you concentrate on where you are heading in your career.
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