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How to Set Effective Career Goals

By Team CareerJini

What do you want to get out of your career? The answer usually isn’t just “an income.” We all have dreams of what we’d like to accomplish in our careers.

Some people imagine being at the head of a business, leading the rest of the team to success. Others just want a job where they feel like they’re making a difference.

One of the best ways to make your dreams a reality is to set effective goals.

Setting realistic career goals is how you visualize your target and come up with a solution to help you reach out.

While there’s no guarantee that your plan will always go off without a hitch, a goal will at least keep you pointed in the right direction.

The key to successfully setting goals is ensuring that they’re clear, realistic, and achievable.

Consider these top tips for establishing successful targets.

Start With Clarity

First, exactly what do you want to achieve?

It’s not enough to just say “I want to be the boss.” Do you want to be the CEO of a corporation, the manager of your own team, or the head of your entire business? Get to the crux of what you really want and be as specific as possible.

Studies show that we’re more likely to succeed in our goals when we make them clear.

If you’re not sure where to begin, ask yourself what your ideal job would allow you to do each day. Think about what kind of tasks you like and hate in your current job.

It might even be a good idea to look up some information on the careers you’ve considered pursuing before. This will help you to see what kind of day-to-day tasks are involved in each position.

Aim High, but Be Realistic

The more ambition you have, the better. However, it would help if you still were somewhat realistic.

For example, if you’re still in the first year of your accounting degree, but your goal is to become the CFO of Microsoft by the end of the year, you’re probably not going to achieve your target.

Setting yourself up to fail with a goal you can’t achieve is another way of ensuring that you never go anywhere.

Unfortunately, this also means that your goal can’t be to just make a lot of money without doing any work.

It’s important to take the time to think about the skills you have, the things you enjoy, and the talents you can use to actually make an income.

For instance, if you love working in your marketing role now, but you think you could do more, perhaps you could aim to become a manager of a marketing department or the owner of your marketing company within the next 5-10 years.

Visualize a Path

Once you have a goal, you can begin to think about what you’re going to need to get there.

Chances are that you don’t have all the resources you’d require to get your dream career just yet. Otherwise, you’d probably already be doing it.

So, what are you missing?