It’s February, and that means the joy and wonder of the holiday season is past us and the motivation of the new year has also faded away. This is the time to get down to the nitty gritty of setting and achieving your career goals in 2018. We are expecting 2018 to be a good one for job seekers and professionals who want to advance their careers. If you’re preparing your goals for the coming year, how can you stick to them and move forward? Here are a few tips for setting your goals in 2018.
- Know what you want. Before you start making adjustments to your job search, evaluate your priorities and know what you really want to do. It’s easy to fall back on something you don’t love, but giving up won’t get you to your end goal. Review what you want to do, what skills you have and make a plan to find a way to incorporate both in your career.
- Be firm with yourself. Don’t be afraid of failure. The country’s top professionals all understood there would be occasional setbacks, but they pressed on anyway. Every mistake is a lesson that can help you advance your career. It’s also important you’re not too hard on yourself. Know what you can’t control and focus on the things you can.
- Know which small steps have big outcomes. Is money your only motivator? Money is a fine goal but it doesn’t have to be the only thing pushing you forward. There may be occasions where a small step forward leads to a much bigger leap. If something will be better for your long-term career goals, try to figure out a way to make it work. Look at all the factors, from experience to work/life balance, to make your decision.
- Don’t wait. No matter what you want to do, don’t wait to do it. Don’t allow yourself to get in your own way. Don’t wait to do something you want to do because you think you have to for some arbitrary reason. Take initiative in your own career path and be clear about what you want. Find a mentor to talk with and help you see what steps you need to take to move forward.
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