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Explanation of Career Goals

by Johnny Kilhefner , studioD

Setting goals and working toward them is part of leading a normal life. The career goals people set should be remarkable but should also be achievable. Set goals by deciding what you want to do with your life. Next, decide on smaller goals that lead to a larger goal for your career.

Contemplating Your Career Goals

Consider what motivates you, career-wise. From there, begin thinking of things you need to do in order to reach the ideal point in your career. Make a list of the basic steps you need to take to reach your large goal and a time frame to reach it. For instance, if your goal is to become a screenwriter, think about what you may have to achieve first to make that goal a reality.

Setting Goals You Can Achieve

Your goal should be a realistic one, so consider the factors you may need to accomplish to reach your goal. Determine if you'll be able to gain the amount of expertise necessary in the time you've given yourself. Make sure you're passionate enough about your career choice that you'll be able to consistently meet goals and deadlines. Contemplate whether or not your career makes you happy and the balance between your personal and work life.

Setting Short-Term Goals

The road to your major career goal can be discouraging without small victories to boost your morale along the way. Setting short-term goals that eventually lead to your long-term goal not only helps you achieve your desired career status but keeps you motivated as you move along your career path. You may set short-term goals every few months or even daily, such as meeting a certain quota, learning a new skill, updating your resume or networking more.

Setting Long-Term Goals

Your long-term goals are your road to the future. These goals allow you to know what short-term goals to set and keep you focused on making the present count for the sake of the future. A common question in interviews is "where do you see yourself in five years?" If you can answer that, then you have a long-term goal.


About the Author

Johnny Kilhefner is a writer with a focus on technology, design and marketing. Writing for more than five years, he has contributed to Writer's Weekly, PopMatters, Bridged Design and APMP, among many other outlets.

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