Career goal setting

Career goal setting

Whatever your career dream is, you must have a plan so you can achieve your goals.  This post can be used as a tool to give you guidance and help you achieve your career dreams!

This post covers a 6 step process. This will look into specific areas:

  1. What are your Dreams and Aspirations?
  2. Where are you now?
  3. Where do you want to go?
  4. What steps do you need to take to get there?
  5. Who and what can help?
  6. Time Frames!

1.     What are your career dreams and aspirations?

 Grab a pen and plain piece of paper – write, draw or scribble your dreams and aspirations. 

2.     Where are you now in your career?

This process starts with taking a good look at where you are currently. 

  • What are your skills, talents and interests?
  • What are your values – do you like to lead, work with people or alone?
  • Do you like working face to face with people or prefer independent work?
  • What environment do you like? Inside or outside? 
  • Thrive working to deadlines?
  • Which teams do you like working in, quiet or loud, small or large?

Further Questions to consider:

Questions
Where am I now in regards to my Career?
How do I feel about my current situation?
What does my experience to date look like?  
What do I enjoy the most?  
What are my skills?
What are my strengths and weaknesses? 
What appeals to me in my current situation?
What are my values? (work/life)  
Do I like to lead, work with people as a team or work alone (with data or text)?
Do I like working face to face with customers or back office work?
How do I feel when I think about my ideal job (excited, motivated, fear)?
Is there anything getting in my way of achieving what I want?
What feedback have I received? (try doing 360 feedback in your workplace).

3.     Where do you want to go with your career?

What you’ll do next is:

  • Consider your career goals
  • Explore your career options.
  • Develop concise written statements related to your goals and add them to the table below.

Knowing where you want to go makes the next steps in determining your future career move much easier.

Questions
What does my ideal job/business look like?  
If I could do any job in the world what might it be and why?  
What are my short term goals?  
What are my mid-long term goals?  
What motivates me?  
Where do I want to be in 5 years?  
Are there any specific weaknesses I need to address?    
How will I do this?    
What do I want to see/get/do more of?    
What do I want to see/get/do less of?    
What is my preferred balance between work and my personal life?  
Who else does this affect?  
What normally gets in the way of achieving my goals?  
What kind of work environment suits me best?  

4.     How might I get there?

By answering questions 1 & 2, you should now have a clearer idea of what you want & where you want to go. The next step is figuring out how you might get there. What do you need to do? Below are some questions you may consider in deciding what resources may be useful.

Questions
How can I prepare myself and my environment to achieve my goals?
What resources and tools/resources do I need?
What steps do I need to take to get from where I am now to where I want to be?    
What new skills, knowledge do I need to possess?  
What new skills do I want to learn?    
What existing skills do I need to develop?      
How can I commit to achieving my goals?    
What barriers do I need to remove to make this happen?  
How will I know I have been successful?    

5.     Who can help you and what resources can you use?

Knowing who can assist you and what resources you need to achieve your career goals can greatly assist you in staying focused on your goals.

Questions
What new relationships might I build help me attain my career goals?  
Who do I know who can support me attain my career goals?
Who have I lost touch with who might be able to support me in my career goals?
What role can my friends and family take in encouraging me to stay focused?
What role can my unit head/manager play in supporting my career aspirations?
What communities of practice currently exist that I can tap into?

6.    Career Time Frame

Selecting a time frame will keep you accountable. However you do this, always have a target date in mind.

MonthTarget
January   
February 
March 
April 
May 
June 
July 
August 
September 
October 
November 
December 

SMART – Let’s be career clear

 SMART = Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timeline.

Now you have done exercises that will help you write the clear and concise goals. We have a looked at who could help you, how long it might take you, how to measure the achievement and looked at what where you are now. It is really important to make sure they are specific statements to keep yourself accountable.

EXAMPLE: Perhaps you want to increase traffic to your blog?

Specific: I want to boost my blog’s traffic by increasing my weekly publishing frequency from 5 to 8 times a week. As a blogger this will increase my workload from writing 2 posts a week to 3 posts a week.

Measureable: An 8% increase is my goal.

Achievable: My blog traffic increased by 5% last month when I increased weekly publishing frequency from 3 to 5 times a week.

Realistic: By increasing blog traffic, I will be able to boost brand awareness and generate more leads, giving sales more opportunities to close.

Timeline: End of this month


Now let’s look at that as a smart goal – SMART Goal: At the end of this month, my blog will see an 8% lift in traffic by increasing my weekly publishing frequency from 5 posts per week to 8 post per week.

Urgh, not sure how? here is a SMART sentence you could use a a guide: My goal is to [thing you to achieve] by [timeframe or deadline]. [Resources] will help accomplish this goal by [what steps you’ll take to achieve the goal]. Accomplishing this goal will [result or benefit].


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