How Important Are Your Career Goals?
Career goals are very specific goals. They are short-range objectives relating to your working life which you have determined, often by way of self-directed study or experience, that you wish to reach. They can be short term, such as obtaining a certification or promotion, or they could be long range, such as being a highly successful executive in your dream organization or running your very own successful business. But whatever the case may be, your career goals should be in alignment with your talents, skills, and personal interests and pre-requisites. You would not be happy and comfortable in an office setting where you were not achieving the goals that you have determined.
Some of the most common career goals, both long-range and short range, involve financial rewards, such as a promotion to senior management, a raise or a new position within the organization. Setting up a long-range career goal usually involves you becoming an upper-level manager. Your long-range goal may also entail a change of career, such as becoming a director of operations or planning to become a team leader. In either case, it is important to have appropriate leadership skills. This may sound obvious, but if you do not have the proper leadership skills, you cannot achieve the goals that you wish to achieve.
Many executives, although they enjoy the excitement of being involved in planning and leading the day-to-day operations of the company, do not have the necessary leadership skills, especially when it comes to strategic planning. A simple example of this would be a CEO who was very good at managing the business side of things, but not so good at strategic planning. These short-term career goals can easily go wrong because of a lack of long-range planning or an inability to determine what strategic goals to set for the company over the long term. The short-term career goals of the CEO may also involve a pay increase, but he or she may not know how to properly use this to increase productivity.
Another mistake made by many people, particularly short-term career goal setters, is to set a long-term career goal that is too long-term. Some people unknowingly believe that they need to hold on to a job until their retirement. Unfortunately, this is not always the best idea. A career plan that is too long term can actually cause you to feel trapped in your career rather than progressing.
A common mistake among career-minded people, both long term and short term, is to set career goals focused on a “quick” fix. This often means that they wish to achieve a certain amount of money before retirement. This can often become an addiction, which causes individuals to have a very difficult time quitting their jobs. An example might be: someone has a career goal of becoming a millionaire by next summer. This is obviously unrealistic. It’s much more likely to be: someone who wants to make ten thousand dollars by next summer.
There are many correct example of what should and shouldn’t be done when setting career goals. However, many incorrect examples are also out there. If you are reading this article, chances are you are not the only one that is not making the right choices. That’s why it’s important for you to consider hiring a professional. They can provide you with everything you need to know about the correct example, along with a plan of action to help you reach your goals.
Many people think that a good example is having a personal brand or resume that is impressive to employers. In my experience, most employers want to know about your personal development efforts, so this is not a good example. Instead, let’s look at an example: let’s say you’ve set up a professional website for yourself, and you’re hoping to get hired as a virtual assistant. There are a lot of virtual assistants out there, but very few personal brands – even fewer than you’ll find using Google!
The goal you set for yourself should be both short-term and long-term. For example, “set a short term career goal of creating five eBooks and teaching them to five people over the course of a year”. For this goal, you will probably not make this goal happen in one day, but you can use this as a base for your long-term career goals. Let’s take a look at some examples of how this works in practice: