Setting your goals
Career Development: Setting Career Goals That Reflect Your Personal Goals
Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career. She is the author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – find
Setting your goals – for a successful life will mean including both personal and career goals. In a world of 24/7 access to work related information, it is pretty obvious that you cannot wholly detach your personal life from what you do at work. You can’t really do this even if you wish to. Developing as a person means finding a way to integrate the two.
I’d be very surprised if you didn’t have some goals already set at work and probably for your career. The job related goals will show the needs of you employer organization. But hopefully within them there will be some opportunity for career development. For that to be successful you need to have some idea of where you want to take your career and that, in turn, leads right back to home.
At different times in your life, your personal goals will vary. If you are at the start of your career, what you want from your personal life may be very different to what you want later on. Though, what matters most is that you are clear about what you do want from your personal life. You may need to spend some time reflecting on this.
Even in these days of portfolio careers, most people still seem define themselves by what they do at work. The first thing they say about themselves is that they are a doctor, a lawyer etc. Although of course there some unpopular careers that people don’t like to volunteer – I expect you can think of them.
Setting your goals – integrating the personal with your career
Being happy in a career often depends how well it fits in with what you want from the rest of your life. To know that, it can be quite useful to start a list of answers to the following question;
“I am an xxxx because 1, 2, 3, 4….”
You then go on listing answers until you touch on the personal – for example, at its simplest, this might be “because it pays enough to support my family.”
When you get to those personal issues think through the goal associated with the wish. If you do this thoroughly you will begin to see how you can meld your personal goals with your career goals to best effect.
So, time to begin working to bring harmony between you life at home and that at work. If you need help to do it, please get in touch.
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