Sunday, 20 May 2018

* Achievable Career Goals You Can Set Yourself Today

Unless you want to be stuck in a rut forever, it is wise to consider setting career goals. Going beyond the basic goal of ‘getting a job,’ if you’re unemployed, it’s also worth self-reflecting on your career dreams and aspirations and finding a path to get there. After all, life is too short to be in a career that doesn’t hold much value to you, or that isn’t giving you enough to survive beyond your monthly pay packet. Now, the goals in this list aren’t for everybody, but you could pick and choose the ones that are relevant to you. You may also have ideas of your own to add to this list. Whatever the case, set some career goals today to better your career tomorrow.


Goal #1: Be better at your job


It doesn’t matter what kind of job you are in, whether it’s something you want to be in forever or something that is a stepping stone to something else, you should improve your performance level. Not only will this give you better job satisfaction, it will also improve your skill-set when you’re looking for a promotion or a change of job. So, take the most of any training opportunities open to you, speak to those people at work who can help you in your development, and practice those things you are weakest in to improve yourself.

Goal #2: Change your career

If you are caught in a job that holds little value, don’t waste time hoping things will get better. They might, but there could be something out there that is more closely associated with your talents. Explore the opportunities available before you ditch your current job, and then take steps to get the career you want. You may need to start at the bottom of the career ladder again, but that doesn’t matter if you have the opportunities to rise to the top. Applying for payroll jobs, as examples, may be just what you need to do to climb into the higher echelons of the finance world if that is where your interest lies. Think big and start small until you get what you want.

Goal #3: Make friends with those ‘in the know’

Sometimes, it’s not what you know, but who you know that will land you your dream job. So, say yes to networking, and find ways to meet those people who will prosper you in your career path. Attend trade and industry events; get yourself along to your company’s social events and have a chinwag with the bigwigs; and contact the relevant people in your industry on social media or through a simple phone call. When you’re looking to improve your career chances, you can’t sit on the side-lines and wait for these people to come to you. You need to be proactive, so find out who you need to talk to and make those conversations happen.

Goal #4: Be happier at work

Being happy at work is subjective, as different people have different ideas of what happiness means. For some, it means being in a meaningful job, including those careers where they can help others. For others, it’s having a decent salary that matters. Some people want to find something that improves their work-home balance, and for a lot of people, it’s getting to be in a job that closely matches their hobbies. Whatever ‘being happy’ means to you, take steps to achieve that. This might mean changing your career, or it may mean a word with your boss is needed to increase the chances of you being happier in your current job.

Goal #5: Earn a qualification

We have already mentioned the training opportunities that may pop up in your current workplace, but you should also consider higher accreditations that come from taking a course online or at your local college. If you’re in a full-time job, you can still take a flexible course that can be done in your spare time, and despite the added workload to your week, you will see the benefits down the line when you’re seated in a more comfortable position at work.

Goal #6: Start your own business

If you aren’t happy in your chosen career, you may achieve what you’re looking for by setting up your own business. This may give you a better work-life balance (if that is what is important to you), and you will no longer have to ‘work for the man.’ If you have a particular hobby you enjoy, you can tailor your business around your past-time and do more of what you enjoy on a regular basis. Now, running a business isn’t for everyone, and there are risks involved, but the advantages and the fresh challenge may outweigh the negatives if this is something you want to consider.

Goal #7: Become an expert

The longer you stay in a particular field, the better you become. If you can find ways to rise the ranks and increase your knowledge, you can become an expert in your chosen field. Now, aside from the reputation and credibility this will give you, there is another reason why being an expert is important. You can change things for the better. When you speak, others will listen, especially if you have proven credentials in your industry. You could become a keynote speaker at conferences, or a published author, as examples. It’s the pinnacle of their career for many, so put the work in, whether you stay or move in your career, and set yourself the goal of being the best you possibly can be. Then remember us little guys trying to start out at the bottom and don’t shut us away when we try and network with you (remember goal #3).

Final word


Being better at your job and earning a qualification are fairly achievable goals to set. Becoming an expert is far-reaching, but achievable if you follow the simpler goals on this list. So, consider what is important to you, think about what you want from life, and set yourself the goals we mentioned (or your own) and concentrate on finding ways to achieve them. You will have a better future if you do.


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