Do you have career goals?
We all have career aspirations and goals – but sometimes we don’t have a clear view of how we are going to reach our goals.
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.” – Mark Victor Hansen
Get a realistic view on what it is going to take to achieve your career aspirations, create a career roadmap. This should outline the steps you need to take to reach your goals.
- Start by plotting where you are in your career and where you would like to end up. Think 1, 3 or 5 years in advance.
- Make a list of job titles you want to have during your career as well as companies you would like to work for. Now make a list of skills and qualifications you will need to get hired.
- Identify one or more mentors. Network with them. Ask questions and learn.
- Break it down into small actionable steps.
- Revaluate your goals along the way.
You may have to take a few detours along the way – and your career path may not necessarily lead to your dream job. Take into account any major life events that may impact your priorities, possible changes in the economy and technological advances.
Acknowledge what you are good at…
Working on yourself doesn’t mean trying to tackle all your weaknesses in your work life. Focus instead on your strengths, and then making yourself even better at those specific skills.
Review your career goals and vision statement regularly. Your vision will most likely change as you move closer to your goal.
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain