Goal-Setting for Your Career

Goal-Setting for Your Career

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Whichever stage you’re at in your career, you should develop goals for your career plan. The following questions should help you become more successful in both your current job or aid you in a new job search.

Are you satisfied in your job?

Be honest with yourself – are you happy?  Do you feel challenged and excited at work? If you can answer yes, keep doing what you’re doing. If you can’t answer 100% yes, imagine how you can make changes that will move you closer to satisfaction and happiness.

What do you hope to have accomplished in your career by this time next year?

It’s always a good idea to measure your growth or improvement, both for your own career development, and when considering your career goals. In order to achieve anything, you need to break down your goals into action steps. Take note of all your successes.

In what ways do you want to develop your career this year?

Develop a clear vision and goals for your career. Are you looking for a promotion or a raise? Are you looking to improve your skills in a particular area? Be very specific both in what you want and how you will make it happen.  A clear plan can help you move forward in your career.

What’s your ultimate goal?

Is your ultimate goal early retirement? Management? Opening your own company? It may seem a long way off, but identify even one step you can take toward that goal in the next year and you will maximize both the likelihood that you’ll achieve it and your positive mindset that you can.

Could you improve your work/life balance in any way?

You need to have strong boundaries around your work responsibilities so that they don’t bleed into your personal life all of the time. Sure, there are sometimes when you have to stay late but you shouldn’t be living in the office. Ask yourself: are the long hours worth it?

Get in touch with Staffworks to begin your new career journey.