If you’re new to the workforce, you probably have a few short-term career goals lined up (such as leaving a good impression on your new boss or making some friends at work) and a few long-term ones (the kind often referred to in interviews – the “where do you see yourself in five years” type of goals). Truly, any of these goals may change over time as you spend time at work or an interesting opportunity comes along that changes your entire career trajectory. There are many unknowns ahead of you and that can be both exciting and daunting.
Career goals are good to have as they sharpen your focus and help you achieve your potential. In this article we will be sharing a few career goal examples, especially if you’re new to the workforce or changing your career path.
Understand your passions
Anyone’s dream job would be one that allows you to do something you enjoy; you are good at and pays well. That’s a very ambitious goal to set for yourself, but it isn’t impossible. Understanding yourself better will help steer you toward a career which hits as close to this trifecta as possible. When looking at a job offer, remind yourself about your long-term goal. Will this job opportunity push you towards that goal or will you end up in a rut? The ideal job is not only one that gets you a fat paycheck, but rather about self-fulfilment and satisfaction.
Build that arsenal of skills
Developing your skill set should always be a top priority. This helps to keep you in demand as a worker, but also puts you at the top of your chosen field. Set goals for yourself – such as learning a skill or program within the next six months and take concrete steps towards achieving this. However, before enrolling for courses, do take the time to consider how it will help your big picture plan and whether it will make a concrete difference in your future. Studying for the wrong reasons could leave you feeling burnt out and frustrated.
Make your own path. Most of the time, opportunities do not simply present themselves instead you must make them yourself. Want to take on a Managerial role? Present an idea and lead it to fruition. Sometimes, a job is what you make it and you never know what it may develop into.
Your life goals and your career goals
It’s good to keep in mind that life goals and career goals are not one and the same, however they need to align. Personal goals may involve relocating, starting a family, getting a mortgage on a new home and even going back to university. These should all be taken into consideration as they will allow you to build a more realistic picture for yourself and set concrete, attainable goals.
Find your niche
Making yourself indispensable within your field, and your role, will help you achieve your long-term goals that much faster. Network through events and online platforms and stay up to date with the latest happenings both locally and internationally in your field. This will give you the extra edge.
Remember that nothing is set in stone. Goals may change. A new job may redirect you to a new and surprising direction and you may well like it! Times change, and the market changes too, so it is important to be flexible rather than keep resisting the change. Own the changes and make sure you still recognise yourself in Future You. It is important to look at your list of goals from time to time to refresh them and remind yourself of where you’re headed.