Once we find a job in the business world it is easy to fall into a state of complacency and acceptance. It can be difficult to find the motivation to better ourselves. Using strategic career goals, though, can help change that. These goals can be difficult to come up with, which is the reason that E.M. Rawes from Demand Media wrote the article, "10 Great Examples of Career Goals to Achieve Success". This article outlines ten different career goals which can be modified slightly to fit almost any position and will help you keep focused and improving throughout your career.
Rawes sets goals following the S.M.A.R.T. model - specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. This set of criterion allows for the best goals to be set by individuals. Rawes then outlines a set of ten career goals that fit this mold. I have categorized these goals into three areas: Measurable Individual Traits, Career Enhancers, and Measurable Company Traits.
Measurable Individual Traits:
1. To Increase Performance Metrics
2. To Increase Performance Review Marks
These goals are set with an idea of continuous personal improvement by the numbers. Within performance metrics and reviews there will be quantitative evaluations, and setting goals with these ideas in mind will help you keep focused and working toward more improvement.
3. To Earn a Promotion
4. To Earn a Management or Executive Position
5. To Start Your Own Business or Practice
6. To Obtain Employment
7. To Earn a Degree or Certification
8. To Obtain Ideal Employment or Employment in Your Preferred Field
These types of goals surround improvement of your career status. Whether it be promotion or obtaining employment these career goals allow you to take a look at your broader personal picture in order to strive for not only the present, but your future as well.
Measurable Company Traits
9. To Increase Sales
10. To Cut Costs
These career goals are all about a company focus. If you are able to strive for greater sales and lower costs for your company there will always be a focus to keep pushing toward. Employers are always looking for ways to improve sales and cut costs, so having a focus on these issues yourself can put you one step ahead of the game.
Using these strategies laid out by Rawes we find three different focuses that, when combined, make for an extremely driven and effective employee. If you can find goals within these categories that drive you to succeed, not only in your job but elsewhere as well, you will find yourself to be a much more driven and unstoppable person.