Achieve your career goals
It goes without saying - you'll need a lot of conviction and determination to see your goals through, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some useful strategies to help you set realistic goals and achieve them.
Setting goals doesn't mean planning out your entire working life, but it does mean considering where you'd like to be in the future, then carefully planning the steps to get you there.
Start with some 'big picture' goals
Ask yourself: What do I want to do? Where do I want to be? Examples of career-related ‘big picture’ goals include:
- Getting a job in your chosen profession
- Landing a promotion
- Making more money
- Getting more recognition from your current employer
- Broadening your understanding of your industry
- Changing careers
- Starting out on your own.
In almost all cases, these goals can be achieved through the right education and training.
Break down your goals into milestones
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. To achieve your goals, break them down into smaller goals, or milestones. This will help you identify exactly what steps are required to get you there, and roughly how long it will take for you to achieve them.
For example, if your goal is to become a designer, your milestones could be:
- find out what courses offer design
- enrol by the end of the year
- graduate within top 10 per cent of the class
- get some great work experience in a creative agency.
For the best chance of success, set goals and milestones that follow the SMART formula:
Be precise about your goals.
“I want to change careers and become a counsellor” is far better than "I need a change".
Set goals that you can actually track.
"I'm going to be qualified for a career change in 12 months" is better than "I should study something soon".
Set yourself up for success by setting goals you can actually meet.
"I can complete my Business Administration course in 18 months by studying 7 hours a week" is better than "I'm going to study 30 hours a week and keep my full-time job too".
Make sure each achievement is directly related to your end goal.
"Within 6 months, I'll be enrolled in a design course" is better than "I'm going to watch less television".
Set timeframes for each milestone, and the big picture goal.
“I'm going to be a qualified teacher in 12 months" is better than "I'll be a teacher some time reeeeeal soon" .
Want more information on better studying habits? Check out our handy tips on studying smarter, not harder, or contact a SEEK Learning consultant today.
See our range of courses