Having goals, ambition and knowing what you want in life is critical for you to truly succeed in your chosen career. Without a clear direction it can be difficult to make good effective decisions, to maximise your potential or to achieve the things you hope for.
A good idea is to consider where you are now, where you want to be, and how you are going to get there.
Here are a few tips to help you…
Where you are now?
Think about and evaluate your current work situation, your personality, your preferences, your skills and your values.
Here are a few questions to start you thinking…
- What motivates me and what do I enjoy doing?
- What are my personal attributes and lifestyle priorities?
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- What do I look for in a job?
Where do you want to be?
Based on all of the above including your key interests, attributes, skills and experience, you can now start to formulate ideas on the type of roles that you’d like secure. Start by brainstorming as many ideas as possible and then reflect upon them and start to narrow them down. Think about what skills you might need to reach your goals.
What steps do you need to take to get there?
Now that you have an idea of what you want to achieve, it’s time to think about the steps you need to take to be able to achieve your goals. Asking yourself these questions may help you to break down your goals into smaller, more manageable milestones for your career plan:
- What do I want to achieve and when do I want to achieve it by? Six months, 12 months?
- How, when and where will I secure the additional training and education I need?
- How, when and where will I gain any additional skills and experience I need?
- How can I expand my network, and by when?
Once you have established your goals and how to achieve them, you should have a clear indication of the route you need to follow. While it’s important to monitor the progress of your career plan and stay on track with your goals, it’s perfectly normal to change direction when opportunities arise, when life circumstances change or during a changing economic climate.