How to Set Career Goals

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Be Realistic

Your goals have to be relevant to your education and experience. If you are desperate to achieve something you haven’t trained for then look into the job requirements, and consider further education.

Make Them Achievable

Don’t overwhelm yourself by setting unattainable goals. Becoming a Managing Director of a company in the first year probably isn’t going to happen, but look at the job hierarchy in your company and take steps to progress to the next level.

Include a Timeframe

There is no point having vague goals because then you won’t have an incentive to achieve them. Set a clear timeframe to achieve each goal. Having a five or ten year plan is useful, but you should also think about a clear goal every year.

Break Them Down

Break your ‘main’ career goals down into smaller chunks so you can take steps every month to achieve them. If your plan is to apply for a promotion in a year’s time, think about what you can do every month to stand out and impress your employers.

Don’t Stress

Try not to stress yourself out if things don’t go to plan and you don’t realise your goals as quickly as you had hoped. Keep believing in yourself and know that hard work really does pay off. Don’t get disheartened because you will get there – it may just be with a different company if your current employer isn’t appreciating you!

Amy Durant writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and graduate jobs.

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