“Fear melts when you take action towards a goal you really want” (Robert G Allen)
The insecurities in the job market these days, often make us wonder if we are pursuing the right job or the ideal niche. Sometimes we also wonder if it is the right time to embark on a new job or focus on the current one. Well, pen down your career goals on a piece of paper so that you can actually visualize what you really want.
Know that you are the only person in the entire world who understands exactly what his career goals and dreams are. So, now is the time to determine what you really want to accomplish by writing you career goals.
Basically career goals include your objectives and some critical methods to achieve those objectives. Setting your career goals require a little self-analysis of your professional skills and experience. It also requires you to have a clear idea of the expectations of a potential employer. When determining career goal, it is suggested that one should not plan a stringent course of action but a feasible one. Heed the following insider’s tips to learn how to write career goals efficiently.
• First and foremost, identify your interest or passion on the career goals sheet. Think about the tasks which you can do well. Determine what is there which you can carry out better than anyone else. Determine what sorts of professions make you tick. Most importantly, consider whether you really want to work for someone else or start your own firm.
• List down some three to four niches which you are interested in working. For instance, if are passionate about marketing, determine what sorts of product you want to sell or promote and what type of company you want to work for. Remember that there are hundreds of thousands of products that you can help promote or sell.
• Write the names of the industries you are interested in on the sheet of the career goals. Sketch a vertical line under each industry and draw a box under each line.
• Now write brief notes about the benefits and disadvantages of each industry in the box that you just drew. Also, identify the work experience that you might have in any of those industries.
• After assessing each industry carefully, determine which one suits your best.
• Identify the different sorts of trainings or qualification you need to pursue that career. Find out what sort of qualification level does that career requires. Remember that there are some jobs that require Master’s level qualification. Find out how much it would cost to complete your Master’s in that particular field.
• Also write down your long-term goals. Determine where you see yourself in next 10 years within a particular niche. Also determine how much pay you would be making in the next few years and beyond. Finally determine how much time it would take you to complete your qualification.
Last but not least, if you do not wish to work for someone else or you wish to work under someone else only for a short period of time and then start your own business, make sure you also include it in your career goals.