It’s simple: if you want to achieve something, you need to keep your eyes on the target. Here are some tips when setting career goals.
- Define what motivates you
What do you want to achieve? Is it necessary? Do you need it? Why do you want it? Whatever your reasons, you’ll understand your motivations by asking the right questions. An article in MindTools says that motivation tops the five golden rules of goal setting. If a career goal demoralizes you then you might want to consider resetting it or changing perspective.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses
When setting career goals, take into account your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing what you’re good at and what you should improve can help your career and decision-making skills. You can see what is feasible and what should be prioritized.
- Learn about your environment
Your surroundings are vital when you’re setting career goals, according to a Harvard University article. Are your goals feasible in your current situation or environment? Is being a part-time college instructor compatible with being a full-time, on-call sales representative, for example? Also, consider the people around you. Can they support your goals? Examining your environment will go a long way in achieving your career goals.
- Put them all together
Once you learn your motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and your current situation, list them against your goals. A Berkeley article suggests that writing your career vision down will help you clear your mind, plan what to do and give you the necessary confidence.
- Remind yourself about it
Remembering all of this is important in achieving career goals. Studies show that about 92% of people fail in their goals because they get distracted or forget their real goals. According to this article in The Muse, reminding yourself of your career goals can help you get things done, focus on your target and stay conscious of your progress.
Career development is very important at Orbium. We understand that our people are a big asset. We make sure our people are given enough opportunity to set their goals, develop their career path and attain what they set out to achieve.