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Career Goal Setting – Is It Time For A Change?
If you feel like you are in a dead-end job, or that your career is headed nowhere, then you need to focus on your career goal setting!
Just like you make resolutions for New Years, you should make resolutions for your career too! To get the ball rolling, set yourself some short-term goals and then set out to achieve them. You want to be careful to set goals that are attainable, but that will also present you with some satisfaction when you achieve them. Make yourself a list so you can check off as you accomplish each goal.
There are many different ways you can start to focus on your career goal setting. One of the most important ways is to set learning goals. You could achieve this goal by taking a class, attending a seminar, or reading some learning books. Educating yourself on new things will also increase your value as an employee to someone.
In today’s fast-paced world, it is also important that you keep up with technology. Don’t be afraid to learn about new technology that is available. Potential employers are always on the hunt for people who are up on the latest technology and can help use that technology in their company.
You could also set yourself the resolution of learning a new language. If you are in a field that puts you in contact with people that speak different languages, this resolution could be especially beneficial for you, and really set you apart from the crowd of your peers. You might even take a course on the new language, which would be like accomplishing 2 goals at once for you!
Another very important step in your ‘revitalization’ is networking with other people. Not only can you learn from others that know things that you don’t, but you can make contacts that might help you excel one day in the future, either in the corporate world or in accomplish some of your goals.
Yet another outstanding goal within your career goal setting that you can set for yourself is to read some of the best-seller books from the business world. Being well versed on today’s business trends and tactics can only help your situation. It could help by allowing you to be able to simply talk with peers and administrators about today’s business world, or even debate with those who are not in the know like you are.
One other vital goal must be setting time aside for yourself and for your family. There may even be opportunities to bring both aspects of your life together. You might be able to bring family with you on a business trip, for example. Every once in a while, it wouldn’t hurt you to set your work aside for a bit and leave the office early for the afternoon and go to your child’s soccer game or softball game. You might even set up an assigned family reading time, where you can all sit around together. You can catch up on some of the aforementioned best-selling business books, while your family reads something that interests them.
A simple goal you can set for yourself is to increase your savings. Perhaps make a goal for yourself to set aside a certain amount next time you get a pay increase, and put it towards your retirement fun. A small adjustment now can pay BIG dividends when you retire, and you will thank yourself later for it!
One other recommendation is for you to change your lifestyle for the better. We all know exercise and a healthy diet are good for us, but rarely take the time and effort to work on it. So make time for it! More and more restaurants (even fast food places) are offering healthy menu choices for you, so take advantage of what they are offering. Also take a little bit of time to do some form of exercising, whether it simply be stretching, or parking a little further away and walking. Just start with small steps and work yourself up when you are comfortable with your progress towards your career goal setting.
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