The Ultimate Guide on How to Set Career Goals For 2018

It is time to set clear plans because 2018 is fast approaching. You dream of recognition and respect, right? To achieve that, create better systems and strategies. Determine your destinations and the key metrics you need in order to achieve your goals. Below are 5 key points to help you to put your career in motion.

#1 – Create a Plan for your long term career

How many people do you know are trapped in their jobs? According to Workplace Gallup Poll, only 30 percent of educated workers love their jobs, and that means 70 percent of employees are unhappy or stuck. Spend 75 percent of your life doing what you love most.

To start every day feeling good about yourself, find a career that inspires and makes you energized. You require persistence, forethought, and planning to become satisfied and inspired. Come to terms with your career and avoid bad influences to achieve your goals.

#2 – Step Forward on Your Career Goals

Set abstract goals because they are doable. Take a step forward and assess what will make you achieve your goals. To achieve your career, identify your personal process, pick an institution of your choice and start your studies.

Understanding how you approach your goals is a critical step because it is a process that seem like stalling. Failure to recognize your process can make you feel like you’re going nowhere. Moreover, you can try online tools psychologists have developed to break goals down into understandable subjects.

#3 – Identify the Gaps between Where You Are and Where You Need to Be

Gap analysis can be defined as need analysis, need assessment, or need-gap analysis. The core principle is finding solutions to problems holding back your career. Assess your current, actual performance and compare it with your planned performance.

Even though gap analysis can be performed on an operational level or a strategic level, it simply depends on your objectives. After contrasting current performance and planned performance, you may realize that your results exceed expectations. In that case, change from finding problems to identifying success factors.

#4 – Create a Plan to Fill Those Gaps

After completing gap analysis, use gathered information to create an action plan to fill the gaps. Think about areas you need to change, manage, and develop, and then prioritize those areas into time-frames, actions, and responsibilities.Focus your ideas and decide the steps you need to take to achieve your goals.

An effective action plan provides a concrete timetable and well-defined steps to help you achieve your objectives. To avoid confusion, make an action plan for each of your objectives. Additionally, you can apply appropriate career techniques to make your action plan simple.

#5 – Be Realistic in Your Planning

Being realistic is the best strategy for setting and achieving your goals, because the reality is that by January 15th, 92 percent of new year’s goals fail. Setting the bar too high is one of the reasons why you might not stick to your goals.Setting realistic goals will foster hard work.

Additionally, it will benefit you psychologically and emotionally. For you to set realistic goals, think about what you want to achieve, be specific, do thorough research, and determine the steps. To make your goals realistic, assess your commitment, consider personal limitations, determine external obstacles, and revise if necessary.

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Hardhome Gavin
Gavin has 15 years experience as a HR Manager and Leader within large and growing companies. During this time Gavin has seen thousands of resumes and conducted just as many interviews. Gavin has turned his knowledge and passion in this space into a full time profession and launched Jobs in Bradford his career advisory and consulting website.