Career Goals - Why You Need To Set Yours Now

Setting career goals may be necessary if your career is not going as you intended.

We often fall into a career path rather than actually choose it, or may choose a career because it is what our parents expected of us.

We also tend to choose our career path at a very young age, and when we get older we may realize that we now longer enjoy what we are doing.

Or you may enjoy your job, but want to progress further up the career ladder.

Even the most successful people have periods of uncertainty about their career goals and choices.

Often these feelings are related to specific events or obstacles, and may disappear when these are resolved.

However, if you are having persistent doubts about your career, or feeling generally unhappy then you may need to take action.

It may be time to examine your career goals, and make new ones as necessary.

You will need to make time to establish these, and the best place to start is to ask yourself the following questions;

Do I enjoy what I am doing now? Do I want to continue to do it? Am I making the income I need?

If not, how much money do I need to be making? Is there anything I need to change in my current job to make me happier? Do I need to leave my job?

What am I passionate about? Would a promotion make me happier? Do I want to work for myself? How does the thought of staying in my current job make me feel?

Be totally honest with yourself, and take all the time you need to answer these questions. They are the key to your future happiness.

Setting career goals is similar to planning a trip- if you know how to get there you will arrive at your destination.

If you have a good idea what it is you want to do, you may need additional training and qualifications.

You will need to find out what these are and set goals towards achieving them, for example completing a college course or night school.

If you are planning to start your own business you may need to learn skills such as book keeping and marketing.

If you are not currently in a career you enjoy, you will need to decide on a career path which suits your skills, values and passions.

You will need to ask yourself questions such as what am I passionate about? What skills do I have?

What hours am I able to work? You may need to do some brainstorming and research before you decide on your ideal career.

Once you have a career in mind, or know in which direction you want to take your current career, you can then set your career goals.

You must be specific when writing these and define them clearly; for example, writing ‘I want to work with children’ is not specific enough and would be better written as ‘I will become a registered child minder, working from home for 30 hours per week’.

You will then need to list the key steps you will need to take to achieve this; in our example above this may involve researching how to become registered, implications of minding children in your own home and qualifications you may need to obtain.

You will ideally set yourself a deadline for achieving each key step, and monitor your progress as you go along.

Check your progress on a weekly or monthly basis to ensure that you are on track to achieving your goal.

It may be a good idea to list any key resources or support systems which you will need and which are already open to you, for example, offers of funding, practical assistance, accountants etc.

Once you have landed that dream job or successfully launched your own business, setting career goals doesn’t stop there.

Set yourself even higher goals, such as promotion to the position above you now, or achieving a larger turnover in your business. Setting career goals is for life!

Learn more about the power and benefits of goalsetting when you read the rest of our information here about: How to Set Goals and Keep Them

This personal goal setting guide will help you to set and achieve your plans this year!

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