How To Set Career Goals For A Successful 2018

How To Set Career Goals For A Successful 2018

Unfortunately, finding the right career sometimes a matter of luck. The same holds true for getting that pay rise or promotion.

But if you find yourself coming into 2018 and not believing then your career is on track then as people interested in pushing the boundaries and personal development we need to find a way through.

And that way through starts with a plan. You need to take the necessary steps now to set yourself up for success in the future. So let’s get going


Get Started / Define Your Goals

createaplanWork out what your professional goals are and why you want to achieve them. Don’t write down something wishy washy, be specific.

Not only that start with the distant horizon and work your way forward. For example start with your 10 or 20 year goal. Who do you want to be? Where do you want to be?

Once you have that in place you can breakdown that decade long goal into a 5 year plan, a 3 year plan and a 12 month plan.

Know your strength and weakness

To understand what you need to do to achieve these goals you need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Where are you falling short in your game?

Perhaps you want to be the Manager of your team, but don’t have any management experience to warrant the company giving you the role. Now ask yourself, what can you do to close that gap?

Maybe your company has a trainee management program? maybe you can do a management course after hours? Or perhaps you need to get more involved in other company activities to showcase how your capabilities extend beyond your current job description.

Create a plan to achieve these goals

When you determine which of the tasks will be difficult to achieve because of your weakness, and which ones will be easier due to your strengths you know exactly where you stand.

If you have a weakness that requires a significant amount of time to overcome its better to know now, so that you can start working on it now, rather than wait another 1, 2 or 3 years before it to become a roadblock in your career development.

Having a plan also helps keep you focused. You have broken your goals down into actionable steps and now its time to execute on them.


Continue To Showcase Your Talent

As you continue to acquire more skills, more experience and take on more demanding projects don’t be afraid to showcase your talent and ask for the compensation to match.

This may simply involve asking for a raise or perhaps the job opportunities at your firm are limited and you have to jump to another company and role.

Once you have your plan and an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses you will very easily be able to see if it is you (or your own experience) holding your career back or perhaps the company you work at just isn’t the right place for you.

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