Goal Sheet: Developing a career goal is a great
way to take charge of planning your career and a useful tool to manage
your career effectively. Many individuals may not know how to develop a
career goal; follow the steps below to help you determine where to
start. There are a few steps that can be helpful in determining your
career goal, which include: conducting a self-assessment, exploring
industries and careers, and determining factors that are non-negotiable
(e.g., geographic location, salary requirements, and health care
benefits). The final step of goal setting is writing the first draft of
Step 1: Self-Assessment
- What do you do well?
- What energizes you?
- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
- What high school subjects did you do well in?
- What issues do family and friends come to you for help?
- What do you receive praise for at work or home?
- What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
- What is something you do where you lose track of time when you are doing it?
If you would like to take an online self-assessment to learn more about yourself, you may take TypeFocus. Visit the Self- Discovery Resources page of My Career to learn how you can register to take the assessment.
Step 2: Career Exploration
Explore job industries by conducting research on the type of careers that use your interests and skillset. O*Net OnLine, the Occupational Outlook Handbook,andBureau of Labor Statistics are great web resources for career exploration, job analysis, and education requirements.
Ask a professional in your career field of interest for an
informational interview. Informational interviews allow you to gather
information from a direct contact about his or her role. There are
various ways to pursue an informational interview. For example, company
websites, social networking sites, newspaper ads, and professional
associations are avenues a job seeker can take.
Also, while deciding on a goal, consider your current lifestyle and
where you would like to be in the future. Some helpful questions to
consider are listed below.
- Does the career you want pay a salary that meets your needs?
- Will it offer you opportunities to advance?
- Are you comfortable sitting at a desk all day, or do you prefer to travel?
- Is the career you are considering likely to exist when you are ready for a job?