Goal setting is a powerful tool to help you find a career that you will find interesting and fulfilling.
Before setting specific goals for your career, whether for finding a new job or advancing in your current company, you should spend some time to ensure that you are clear about what you really want in your career. This is a critical component of executive coaching.
This article provides some simple ideas and practices you can use to get clear about the career you want. Then, you can use goal setting to help you get there.
Getting Clear on Your Career Goals
1. Discover your purpose
The first step to gain clarity about what you want your career to be is to think about your life purpose.
Why are you here? What do you want your life to be like?
Remember that you will be spending a good portion of your life at work.
One of the best ways to achieve fulfillment and satisfaction is to ensure that your career choices reflect your true purpose in life.
2. Consider your talents, interests, and passions
Start by making a list of all your talents, skills, and abilities. Include all the things that you are good at, or that come easily to you.
In addition, think about any specialized knowledge that you poses. Do you hold a degree in a certain are? Are you an expert on a particular topic or field?
3. Identify your driving values
Your driving values determine the aspects of a job or career that provide the most motivation and fulfillment.
Understanding your driving values can help you make the best career and work choices based on what is right for you.
Here are some of the common driving values:
- Income - Making money
- Power - Ability to take action (start something, make something happen)
- Influence - Ability to influence or direct others
- Variety - Work on a variety of different things, use different knowledge & skills
- Lifestyle - Free time to pursue interests
- Autonomy - Make own decisions, choices, direction
- Intellectual Challenge - Solve problems, complexity, thinking
- Altruism - Do something that will benefit others
- Security - Financial responsibilities/taken care of
- Recognition - Being recognized by others for your work
- Affiliation - Working with others, networking, groups, social
- Leadership - Ability to lead/guide others, mentorship
- Achievement - Accomplishing something significant
- Mastery - Becoming very good at something
- Growth - Opportunity to develop talents, abilities, knowledge
- Advancement - Opportunity to advance in career
- Responsibility - Being responsible for an outcome
- Environment - Having a pleasant & comfortable environment
- Status - Personal status (title), prestige of firm, etc.
- Contribution - Contributing to something bigger than yourself
- Freedom - Freedom to do what you want, when you want
- Fulfillment - Work that you find rewarding
Identify the top 10 values that you consider to be most important in choosing the best job or career. Then rank them from 1 to 10.
Use this list to help you make future decisions about your career so that they are based on what is most important for you.
Strategic Career Plan
A strategic career plan is a document that combines all the elements we've described here.
- Your purpose statement
- Your vision for the next 3-5 years
- Your values
- Your guiding principles
More information about developing your strategic career plan will be available soon.
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