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What is the most important thing I should do when setting my career goals?

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Thank you comment icon Please, note the following :- 1. Identify the career goals. 2. Consider your INTEREST and KNOWLEDGE in them. 3. List them through a scale of preferences. This will help you to choose the best and right ones. 4. Best wishes to you.. Anthony Kofi Hene-Amoah

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Melissa’s Answer

I agree with much of what was already mentioned. Short Term and Long Term goals are extremely important to set. I would also apply, if you haven’t heard of SMART goals before, SMART is an acronym which stands for:

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
Timely

Break down large goals into smaller bite-size pieces. As you organize the steps and schedule out your intentions for each milestone, you will find that they feel more achievable and easier to reach.
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Frank’s Answer

I think Vernie's answer is good, so I'm adding a comment to that answer. One of the key points of career goals is to have short term goals and actions you can work on now. My advice is simply to review your list of goals weekly (at a minimum). You need to remind yourself frequently what your goals are and what you are trying to attain. By reviewing your goals often, you are reminding yourself to take action on those short term goals and training yourself to continuously work towards your longer term goals.
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Vernie’s Answer

Hello!

I think it's important to lay down short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals for your career. In this way, you can lay out which ones you can do NOW and what you can do later. You will also be able to target and identify what you have to do now, and be able to prioritize what you are able to do at this moment, instead of focusing what you cannot do.

I hope this helps. Goodluck!
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Frank’s Answer

Hello Andreas,

A lot of the other contributors have mentioned the important details, like long term and short term goals and mapping out what you plan to do. I would like to add that you need to figure out why these goals are important to you as well to make sure it is something you really want to achieve. For example, if you want to make a goal to become a public servant ask yourself why is it that you want to do that. It could be helping others or it could be something as simple as that position can look good on a resume. It is important to understand the why to the goal because you could be overlooking another goal that can achieve a similar result.
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Christina’s Answer

Great advice here! I would add that when you're thinking about your long term career goals, you should remember this great quote by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” Your short terms and medium term goals are to ensure that you stay on the right path, and evaluate opportunities through the lens of where you're trying to go and what you're trying to achieve. But your long term goals should feel big and different. They aren't about where you are today but where you WANT to be. What your North Star is, in other words. Those goals should scare you a bit and motivate you to think about your short and medium term goals can help you get to where you want to be. Don't be afraid to reach for the stars!
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Brett’s Answer

When setting your goals the best practice I can provide is to write it down and reflect on what you want to achieve each day. I know this may sound like something someone may have already said, however, the most tangible asset you can give yourself is seeing what you want to achieve. Think of the goals incrementally, focus on getting 1% better each day and learn from your experience's, write them out too. It also never hurts to try different fields until you find the right fit. I started out bussing tables, worked in multiple different retail and sales industry's over 20+ years and last year finally landed my dream job. If I can give one solid word of advice, take your time and map it out, this way you can reach your goals at your own pace.
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Pedro’s Answer

Hi,

In general, I agree with Anthony’s answer, but for me you have to balance your career goals with the market demand. Both need to fit together, otherwise you'll likely spend time and money with no return.

Wishing you all the best!
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