Are you setting SMART goals for your career?
What would you like to achieve in the next 3 months, 6 months, year or even 3 years? What skills do you need to get there? What would make you an impressive candidate? With SMART goals you can plot out achievable goals to achieve in a defined period.
You should be setting short and long term career goals that are specific and measurable goals to provide a path to improve your career prospects and achieve certain accomplishments – but be realistic and flexible!
“If a goal is worth having, it’s worth blocking out the time in your day to day life necessary to achieve it.” – Jill Koenig
Set SMART goals to get ahead in your career
- Be SPECIFIC with your goals
- Must be MEASURABLE
- It should be a challenge, but also ATTAINABLE
- It must be RELEVANT and worthwhile
- The goal must be TIMEBOUND
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
Do a periodic check-in on whether you are completing the steps to reach your goal/s and adjust timelines if needed – but more importantly, keep a running list of all your wins and celebrate them.
Hold yourself accountable for your goals by:
- Writing down your goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them
- Setting deadlines for each goal and also dates of when you should take the steps for each goal
- Rewarding yourself when you complete the steps and achieve your goals
- Be flexible when you encounter barriers that may derail your progress
- Nominating an accountability partner to help you keep on track with achieving your goals
Setting goals on an ongoing basis works best – as circumstances change and you should adapt to new challenges and demands.