Setting goals at work is a great way to boost your professional development and skills, giving you a clear direction to grow and acquire more knowledge in your career.
Making short term goals will keep you motivated and give you clarity. The journey won’t always be straightforward but working towards a realistic goal will help you identify and improve what’s needed to reach your long-term goal.
Whether you are looking to get that promotion, searching for your dream job or just wanting to enjoy each working day, here is a way you can set your own realistic goals to help you achieve your career aspirations.
The SMART way to reach your goals:
S – Specific: Your goal should be precise and detailed.
M - Measurable: You must be able to track your progress. Do a step by step to keep you heading in the right direction. This will give you the opportunity to identify any areas that may need evaluating which will eventually lead you closer to your goal.
A – Achievable: Don’t set yourself up to fail. The goal should be attainable and not unrealistic.
R – Relevant: The goal must be reflective of your career and needs. Why is this specific goal important to you? Will this contribute to your career aspirations?
T – Time: Make a timeline and make deadlines. You should be able to track each step.
Here is an example:
GOAL – To earn a promotion as Marketing Manager within the company by completing a qualification and applying for the role at the end of the year.
S – Specific: Applying for a promotion
M – Measurable: Completing a qualification will provide an increased opportunity to apply for the manager position
A – Achievable: Setting time aside each week to complete the work for the qualification.
R- Relevant: By obtaining a qualification this will further the knowledge and skills to gain more responsibility within the company.
T- Time: There is a clear timeframe to apply for the promotion by end of the year.
Remember to be precise, set deadlines and make clear steps. Being vague and unrealistic with your goals and time will only de- motivate you and take you off track. Evaluate your steps as you go to make the process attainable and accessible to succeed. Be patient and embrace the journey.
Happy goal setting!
Written by Cesca Abbott
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