Many people set career goals at various stages throughout their adult life. Career goals are very easy things to set. On the other hand, actually completing them and being rewarded with that feeling of satisfaction that comes with completing them is nowhere near as common. Many people claim to have the answer about how to set and achieve career goals. I do not claim to have that answer, what I have is the seven steps that I took, that enabled me to get where I wanted to be in my life. I hope that by illustrating these, you will be closer to recognizing the steps that you need to take, to get to where you want to go.
If you have a list of twenty different things that you kind of want to achieve than you are unlikely to the majority of them. We are often influenced by what other people want from us or what we feel we should be achieving. Such goals are not concrete and they are simply one of the obstacles stopping you from completing what your real goals are. Forget about what you should want and what others want from you. Make a short list of what it is that YOU want and where YOU want to be in the future.
We all want to be millionaires and movie stars. It probably isn’t going to happen. If you are currently making forty grand a year, making eighty next year is pretty unlikely. It’s sad but true. Remove all unrealistic career goals. Attempting them only leads to failure and takes time away from what can be spent going after realistic career goals.
Don’t go it alone. When on the road to success, it is not unusual to encounter minor failures. These can be difficult to pick yourself up from. It is important to have someone that you can discuss these failures with and who will help you to remain positive. It can be somebody you work with or just some guy or gal you regularly go for a pint with. You just need to have somebody.
Be prepared to try multiple different ways of achieving what you want. There are many different ways to get where you want to go, if you are encountering a particular road block over and over again, be prepared to take a different route. If you have been working and working for a promotion but are obviously not going to get it where you are then going to a different company in order to get is not giving. This is not failure. Staying at the same company and never getting the promotion, that’s failure.
Face your fears. Failure can be scary. Attempting to succeed can be terrifying as it not only can lead to you failing to succeed at what you are trying but losing what you have already won. This is in some ways related to the example above. Going to work for a new company is a risk. Perhaps your previous successes have left you in a comfortable position there. Perhaps going to the new company will leave you far worse off. When faced with fear that needs to be overcome in order to achieve my career goals. I always ask myself one thing. Am I happy where I am? When the answer is clearly no, I realise that I must take action and that in some ways I don’t actually have that much to lose.
Don’t be a perfectionist. If you constantly look for failure in everything that you do, you will find it. The second richest man alive could have been the richest man on the planet if he had just tried a little harder. If you have achieved some of your career goals but not all of them, instead of wallowing and moaning about what you have not yet achieved, recognise the success in what you have achieved and keep fighting.
Take responsibility. Your personal success is your personal responsibility. Perhaps your boss wouldn’t recognise talent if it punched him right in his self satisfied face. This cannot be controlled but what you do about it can be. What you do in the face of stupid people is your responsibility, blaming them for your failure will get you nowhere.
In conclusion, I believe that everyone needs to find their own techniques for achieving what they want. I believe that self help books were written for nothing but personal profits. I offer you these steps because they worked for me and I hope that in reading them, you will be closer to finding your own.
What a difference teamwork makes. Teams and teamwork have become a central part of our work life. Why is teamwork important?
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The following factors give us some explanations.
Creates synergy – where the sum is greater than the parts;
Supports a more empowered way of working, removing constraints which may prevent someone doing their job properly;
Promotes flatter and leaner structures, with less hierarchy;
Encourages multi-disciplinary work where teams cut across organizational divides;
Fosters flexibility and responsiveness, especially the ability to respond to change;
Pleases customers who like working with good teams (sometimes the customer may be part of the team);
Promotes the sense of achievement, equity and camaraderie, essential for a motivated workplace;
When managed properly, teamwork is a better way to work!
Why is teamwork important? It doesn’t mean everybody doing the same thing or everybody being able to do each other’s jobs. It’s more a means to a synergistic way of working, where the sum is greater than the parts. Properly managed, teamwork maximizes strengths, bringing out the best in each team member, a key theme on this site. These specific, possibly unique individual strengths are then complimented by the strengths of others, or of the team as a unit.
The value of teamwork is regularly seen in sports. How often do we see teams made up of expensive star players outperformed by teams with players who may be individually less talented. Assuming transfer price tags really are an indicator of talent! The answer lies in two things. The synergistic value of teamwork (our glue and oil), and in the crucial role of the manager.
I encourage you to pick up a pen and a piece of paper and jot down the goals you want to reach. Look at each goal and evaluate it. Make any changes necessary to ensure it meets the criteria for a SMART goals:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely
Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do.
Specific is the What, Why, and How of the SMART model.
WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organize, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build etc.
WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
HOW are you going to do it? (By…)
Ensure the goals you set is very specific, clear and easy. Instead of setting a goal to lose weight or be healthier, set a specific goal to lose 2cm off your waistline or to walk 5 miles at an aerobically challenging pace.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. In the broadest sense, the whole goal statement is a measure for the project; if the goal is accomplished, the is a success. However, there are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal.
Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. How will you see when you reach your goal? Be specific! “I want to read 3 chapter books of 100 pages on my own before my birthday” shows the specific target to be measure. “I want to be a good reader” is not as measurable.
Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goals.
When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop that attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Your begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to doing. Although you may start with the best of intentions, the knowledge that it’s too much for you means your subconscious will keep reminding you of this fact and will stop you from even giving it your best.
A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you. For instance, if you aim to lose 20lbs in one week, we all know that isn’t achievable. But setting a goal to loose 1lb and when you’ve achieved that, aiming to lose a further 1lb, will keep it achievable for you.
The feeling of success which this brings helps you to remain motivated.
This is not a synonym for “easy.” Realistic, in this case, means “do-able.” It means that the learning curve is not a vertical slope; that the skills needed to do the work are available; that the project fits with the overall strategy and goals of the organization. A realistic project may push the skills and knowledge of the people working on it but it shouldn’t break them.
Devise a plan or a way of getting there which makes the goal realistic. The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. A goal of never again eating sweets, cakes, crisps and chocolate may not be realistic for someone who really enjoys these foods.
For instance, it may be more realistic to set a goal of eating a piece of fruit each day instead of one sweet item. You can then choose to work towards reducing the amount of sweet products gradually as and when this feels realistic for you.
Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!
Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months, by fifth grade. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.
If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.
Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.
Everyone will benefit from goals and objectives if they are SMART. SMART, is the instrument to apply in setting your goals and objectives.
Your time is precious. The importance of time management has never been greater than it is today. Most people today find they run out of time, can’t find enough time or time just gets away from them.
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Business time management and personal time management at work are critical if you want any life balance. I believe success and enjoyment of your work is dependent on effective time management.
Time spent on high impact tasks is critical in the workplace. Effective employee evaluation helps identify the best workers, keeps them focused and motivated, and increases productivity.
1. Examine all possibilities – Don’t jump into another career without researching all opportunities, including careers that you may have never considered – you might just find the career of your dreams.
2. Assess yourself in detail – Take a look at yourself – your skills, values, and interests. Make a list of your skills –those you like to do and those you never want to do again. Ask questions like, “Am I a people person?” and “Do I want to sit for my job? Or, “Do I prefer to work on my feet?” Knowing what you want is a great step to another career.
3. Create a plan – Work with someone to go over what you would like to do or would be good at doing. Develop a detailed action plan including strategy, finance, research, and education. Having a plan is essential to career transition success; without one you might make the wrong decision and find yourself not enjoying your new career.
4. Refresh your career network – Identify your next career, and then start developing contacts – this can be done by talking to work counselors, instructors, and classmates, and by joining industry associations.
5. Refine your resume and cover letter – Don’t worry about years of experience in your new career. Employers also look at training, education, and a diverse skill set – and these are the items you want to focus on while updating your resume and cover letter.