“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In business, every week, every month we work towards a goal, a target, a result or a budget. We as professionals work towards these goals every day in our working lives for the business to succeed. So why is it so many people find it difficult to set their own professional goals? And some decide not to set any at all?

Do we not know how? Do we not have time?

Are we too occupied with working on the business goals for our workplace?

We have put together a simple guide to help you set your career goals for the year ahead, that is easy to follow, will not take up too much time and will benefit not only you but where you’re currently working or the new career path you are embarking on.

Firstly, it is important to understand why career goals are so important and what benefits you by setting them.

  • Assist you with career progression
  • Shows where to focus your efforts & energy
  • Motivates you to be more productive
  • Makes you accountable for you

Step 1 - Evaluate

Look at your current professional situation. Are you happy with where you are in your career? What is the next step for you? What skills have you learned to date? What skills do you feel you require to develop further?

Step 2 - Be Realistic

Your goals should be manageable to be a success. Setting a goal to be director of a company and having 1 years’ experience in a specific industry is not very realistic, however setting a goal that you wish to progress to the next level in a specific time frame is.

Step 3 - Positive Goals

Setting a goal with a negative slant puts you in a negative frame of mind, for example “I don’t like what I do so…”. Aim to start your goals with a positive statement to ensure they don’t reflect any negativity you may be trying to elude from your career path.

Step 4 - Measure

Studies show an individual’s satisfaction and happiness can improve by making progress towards their goals. To track the progress of our goals we need to measure how we are doing along the way. When setting out your goals give yourself a realistic timeline for what you wish to achieve and monitor this as the year goes by. Keeping a journal is a good way to track your progress.

Step 5 - Adjustments are ok

Life throws curve balls and with these curve balls come changes. If it is looking like a goal is further out of reach from the time frame originally set or if changes need to be made to your overall plan, adjustments are ok! It is better to adjust than throw in the towel. The key is to stay motivated.

Good Luck!

Author: Amy Duignam | Marketing & PR Executive @ Euro Executive Recruitment | AA Euro Recruitment Group

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