Brainstorming your goals is a great way to start thinking of whereyou want to be. People work in different ways, but I always suggest puttingthings down in writing. It’s a great way to put your thoughts into words.Visually seeing the words can trigger more thoughts to help you start workingthrough what your goals might be.
It’s also good to think about your personal goals as well. It isimportant that your personal goals and your career goals align. What do I meanby that? If you are up for a promotion that will require you to relocate, but yourpartner just took a new job down the street from your house that’s somethingthat you need to consider. If you don’t have your personal goals written down,you may want to write at least 5 of those too. Then discuss them with yourfamily. When you figure out your professional goals you can see if they aligntogether.
Goals are an ambiguous term. They can be very broad or specific.When making your professional goals though it’s best to you the SMART technique.SMART is a concept often attributed to Peter Drucker. Peter was from Austria but eventually move to the UnitedStates in the mid 1900’s. His philosophy and cutting-edge thinking continues tohave great influence in modern Business. Since then SMART has been implemented worldwide in the Business realmwhen writing professional goals.
Ourgoals should be specific in relation to what we would like to achieve professionally.
If ourgoals are specific enough, we should be able to measure how we are doing.Rather that’s in terms of capital brought in or how far we’ve advanced in acompany by a certain date. It’s vital we set a measurable component to ourgoals.
Our goals should be something we can actuallyachieve. It is great to want to be a nuclear scientist. However, is that reallyan achievable goal for you based on your skill sets, desires, and personalgoals?
Goals should be realistic. This meansgoals should be plausible. They should be something that is set in reality andsomething we can obtain in reality. For example we shouldn’t dream ofteleporting through space since that’s not a realistic goal.
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Goals should be time oriented and havea date to hold you accountable in order to achieve each goal.
I suggest before using the SMART tactic you have a brainstormingsession. Brainstorming is an important part of setting tangible goals.
10 years seems like a long time to think about where you want to see yourself in a career. Especially if you are a Millennial that welcomes change and opportunity. However, it is important to have career goals. If you don’t know where you want to be professionally you have no direction to work towards. You simply exist and can get stuck in the “9-5 Weekend Hopefuls”, as I call them. Those of you who have ever worked a job with standard hours know what I am referring to.
“9-5 Weekend Hopefuls” are those people who get stuck in a job routine without challenge and passion. They come in, do their job, and go home. They countdown to the weekend and get anxiety on Sundays to go back on Monday. What kind of life is that? We get one life. One change to make everything count. So we should start with taking a step back understanding what we want to do with our career goals. Like it or not most of us must work to financially survive. It is completely obtainable to achieve your goals if you know what they are.
Where will you be in 5 years? In 10 years? If you hate that question, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate your job.
According to Forbes, Millennial’s are taking multiple jobs before they are 30. They are embracing life and career changes. This is causing hiring managers to open their minds and shift away from the standard mind set of looking at a resume and thinking a candidate is a “job hoppers”. A job hopper is someone who only stays employed at one position for 1-2 years. Traditionally hiring managers and recruiters determined job hoppers showed a lack of stability.
However, an entire generation is challenging this ridged mindset in the business world. They are bringing creativity and forward-thinking solutions into the workplace. Now hiring managers and recruiters are slowly shifting their mindset to be more open.
Did you know 76% of Americans have reported having “really bad”anxiety on Sunday nights? This is all triggered by not wanting to go work. Monday. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have anxiety about going to work the next week? So many of us live Friday-Sunday and just survive Monday-Friday.
My blog will focus on how to get out of that rut. We’ve all been there, including me. Don’t be part of that 76%! It is Sunday today, so if it’s too late this week take a deep breath and try to focus on doing something nice for yourself to refocus on that it’s still Sunday! You don’t have to feel the “Sunday Blues” just yet. And check out thisarticle by NBC that will give you some more tips on how to reduce Sunday anxiety.
Don’t worry everyone! Together, we can plan for a better futurethat doesn’t include really bad Sunday night anxiety.
All of us must work to survive. It’s just a fact of lifelike taxes and death. Without financially security we won’t be able to buildmuch of a life to enjoy.
Have you considered that we spend more time at work with ourcoworkers than with our own family? For most of us, it’s not by choice but bynecessity. Wouldn’t it be nice if you enjoyed what you were actually doing withyour invaluable time?
I thought it would be invaluable for me to set myself up for success beyond my 9-5 job. I am a Senior Recruiter and oversee the Training Department for our multi-million-dollar executive level recruiting firm. My passion for the industry has led me to realize that I would like to start my own business to continue helping people. I am currently working towards becoming a Certified Career Coach and launching a new innovative company Career Path Coaching LLC. My vision for CPC is to offer clients high level experienced professionals who will help guide them every step of the way from Career Coaching and beyond. My company will offer unique services that other organizations simply don’t have, so stay tuned!
I have been freelance editing resumes for high level executives for years now. I decided to expand my passion and 9-5 career into one. Recruiting has certainly shown me a lot about the industry, and I would like to continue to help individuals.
My blog will discuss my journey as I continue my 9-5 career and start a business on the side. I will also discuss riveting information to help you in you advance in your career path.