At the start of your career transition, you may have a number of questions about what you want to do in your career and/or what you really want to gain from the transition process. On the other hand, you may be crystal clear in your career ambitions and goals, and what you want to achieve.
The purpose of this section is to spend time investigating your current career situation, the challenges you are facing, and your overall goals. You should also begin to think about your career in a different way – in the broader context of your life as a whole. It will help you to organize and clarify your thoughts and better define and communicate your career needs and goals.
Let’s begin by thinking about your Career Influences and important considerations for your career decision-making. Then, spend time reflecting on and recording your initial career thoughts, goals, questions, and concerns.
Identify Issues and Goals
Identifying issues and goals enable you to move step-by-step towards the achievement of career aspirations. The process of setting goals and targets helps you commit to a timeframe and stay on course. Your goals will guide you into doing what you want with your life, rather than just drifting into an unsatisfying job. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where to concentrate on achieving it.
Goals focus on the outcomes you desire and the strategies that you will employ to direct efforts toward the attainment of goals. In establishing career goals, several factors are important to keep in mind:
- People have different views on what they believe is and is not attainable regarding achieving goals. What appears to be an easy goal to you may be perceived as difficult by someone else. Goals must be viewed as attainable based on your own perspective.
- Career goals should also take account of individual circumstances such as pay or organizational grade, the level of experience in the current post, and working arrangements. You should ensure that objectives are achievable but challenging, are appropriate to your own circumstances and have positive outcomes. Also, you should be sure that the necessary support is in place for the achievement of your career goals.
- Goals should be developed that assist you in resolving your immediate career issues or aspirations. It is easy to draw up a list of goals to attain. Focusing on the most important goals is more difficult, but if mastered will allow you the peace of mind to achieve your long-term career vision.
- Work to understand the techniques and strategies that you can use to help you achieve your goal.
- Know that as you explore your interests, skills, and abilities your goals may change. It is your responsibility to consistently re-evaluate to ensure that you are moving toward the right goals.