Career Goal: Do You Have One?

Many people want to achieve success in their careers. 

Far fewer have a clear overall goal for their career.  Having an overall career goal is about knowing just how far you want to climb the career ladder. 

Maybe middle management is as far as you want to go. 

Others might aspire to be a Director or even a CEO or Managing Director. 

There are a range of benefits of having a clear career goal and these include:

  1. Helping you to make the best choices about potential career opportunities.
  2. Helping you determine where career fits into your overall lifestyle priorities.
  3. Avoiding taking short term decisions that are detrimental to achieving your end goal.

As well as having a clear career goal consider the sacrifices that you are willing and not willing to make to achieve it.  Whether you like it or not every time you say yes to career you are saying no to something not career related.

That does not mean you shouldn’t set career goals.  Just be sure that they are something you really want.

Also take the time to carry out some formal assessment of your strengths so that you can determine whether you are a good fit for the different types of roles that you might aspire to gain.  Most people will never do this or do it in a very basic way.

One of the best tools I’ve come across is Strengths Finder 2.0

What I like about it is that it doesn’t try to fit you into a category but gives you real insight on your top 5 signature strengths.

At the end of the day there is no certainty when it comes to career success but establishing a clear end goal can greatly enhance your chance of achieving what you want and help you make the right career choices.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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