Four Strategies for Effective Career Goal Setting

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Goal SettingThe Four strategies for effective goal setting are as follows:

  • State your goal in very specific terms that you can accept
  • Confront your fears and expectations immediately and progressively
  • State your goal in very specific terms that you can accept
  • Put your plan on paper and into action as soon as possible

Your goal

Planning a career move is much like mapping your route for a road trip. If you don’t know where you are going, you can’t decide how to get there, but if you do know where you are going, you’ll get there faster.

Goals like “Go back to school” are too common and not precise enough. You have to interpret these goals into precise statements such as “Enter a college accounting program by next fall” or “For the next two months, search for work in the computer securities field.” You have to know precisely what you want to do and when to go about it.

Deal with your fears and expectations of yourself

Look over your list of things you will have to do to attain your goal. Do you believe that you can do it? If you have doubts, take some time to think them through first.

Are your expectations realistic? Have you succeeded or failed at tasks that were similar to this before? What can you do to enhance your chances of success this time around? For instance, if there is a good chance you will not follow through with your plans, you have to ask yourself why.

Are you a professional procrastinator? If so, what can you do to make sure that you will keep going until you reach your goal? Are you afraid of failing?

If so, work at enhancing the skills you will require. Or test the waters by taking an evening or distance education course before you sign up for a whole program.

Talk to people you trust if you are having trouble identifying your fears or figuring out how to deal with them. Ask for their suggestions, but always make your own decisions.

Plan Backwards

Plan backwards is one of the best ways to move forward. Start by asking yourself if you can achieve your goal today. If you can’t why do you think that is? What do you have to do first? Is there something you have to do before that?

Keep thinking backwards like this until you arrive at tasks you could do today. This will help you to achieve the goal’s starting point.

For instance, if your goal is to take a two-year business administration program, could you start today? No, you have to be accepted to the program first. Could you be accepted today? No, you have to apply first.

Could you apply today? No, you have to decide which post-secondary institutions to apply to.

Could you decide today? No, you have to do some research first and so on. You could do this all day but you get the point.

Don’t worry if your list of things to do becomes several lists.

Put your plan into action from to do list

By this stage, you probably have more than one list of things to do and, if it is necessary, some plans for preventing or dealing with potential problems. Now you need to put them all together into one comprehensive plan.

You must list tasks in the order in which you must finish them and set deadlines for the completion of any major plans. Successful career planners keep themselves on track using a variety of methods, such as:

  • Marking tasks on a monthly calendar
  • Making weekly or daily lists of things to do and cross off tasks as they are finished
  • Using a commercial appointment book or a notebook; even a palm pilot with a new page for each day or week.
  • Using a computer program to create timeline charts which give you your time limits for task completion

Use whatever methods work best for you. If it is completely essential, ask a friend to check on your progress occasionally or question you on your successes because you are more likely to get things done if you know you’ll be asked about it.

Now you have learned all that you could want to set successful career goals. If you follow the things in this section and have remembered the previous sections, you will do just fine because there is nothing to hold you back now.

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