Ready to ring in 2020? If you’re embracing the changes the new year will bring, you’re a step ahead. You can jump in and sing Auld Lang Syne, but resolutions are out. Goal-setting is in. Making resolutions that are destined to be broken by February can’t help your professional gains, but creating measurable, attainable goals for your career certainly can. Job Store Staffing is concluding this year by showing you the importance of creating some great goals for 2020. Here’s how you can take that initiative and make it happen.
Create a Career Plan
To cultivate realistic goals for yourself, you’ll want to examine your potential path. Where do you see yourself professionally in two years, or five or ten? Think about what you picture for yourself, and then identify what you’ll need to do to make it happen. For example, if you picture yourself moving up from an entry-level warehouse position, research how to become a machinist or prep for machinery licensing exams. Set specific dates for when you intend to accomplish each task to take you one step further throughout 2020.
What Will You Do?
It’s one thing to make a plan for your future career; it’s another to plan for that eventuality on a day to day basis. How can you prep? Be a better employee. Show commitment to your daily tasks, and don’t be afraid to take the initiative. When you set your career goals, think about how you can get there and how each day can get you closer. If you need to continue with higher education or achieve a certain milestone, add pieces to each day’s to-do list, so your goals don’t become broken resolutions.
Work With Your Supervisor
In most working relationships, you’ll be able to develop a rapport with your boss. Ask your supervisor’s opinion. The more you can work toward your goals with the resources and assistance of your boss, the easier your transition into your next role will be. They can also give you direct insight – ask a few questions to gain their perspective or your career opportunities:
- What do you view as my professional strengths?
- Where can I improve in my current position?
- What skills do I need to advance?
You want to be ready for your next move, and the best way to look ahead is to get help from those that know your professional abilities.
Looking for a way to stay accountable for your career goals?