Goals = Results!
Humans need goals! Utilize any search engine and type in the words “goal setting tips” and you will find thousands of links that can help you set a plan for yourself. Here are just a few of the basic goals you may need to think about:
- What do you want your professional life to look like when you complete your degree? Do you want to be working part-time or full-time? Do you want to work in a small office, a mid-sized company, or a large corporation? Do you want to relocate? If not, how far are you willing to drive? What type of salary are you looking for? What types of jobs are you interested in pursuing? Take some time to really think about these things. Write down some of your thoughts and the goals that come from them.
- What are you willing to do to make your professional life look the way you envision it? Are you willing to continue your education to earn a higher degree? Are you willing to take an entry level position so you can work within an organization you respect? Are you willing to make phone calls and meet with people in your chosen field so you have connections throughout the industry? Are you willing to volunteer while working in another field just to get your foot in the door? Write down your thoughts and the roadblocks that arise as you consider these options.
- What are you realistically able to do to create the life you mentioned above? What is your financial situation? Do you need to find a job doing something unrelated now to make ends meet? What do you need financially to keep you afloat and moving toward your one year target? Being realistic about this is an important factor as you move ahead. Take time to write down your status on these questions. Writing down exactly where you are now, where you’d like to be when you graduate, and what you are willing to do to get there is key to your career success!
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