Create a Plan & Set Goals

Now that you have narrowed down the direction you want to go in, setting goals and making a plan will improve your chances of getting there.

Why Set Goals?

People who set and finish career goals tend to get more done and often earn more money than people who don’t set goals. Some people used to rely on their boss or company to give them chances to advance. Now it is up to you. If you don’t make it happen for you, no one else will.

In today’s world of work, you need to take charge of your own career.

Here are some reasons why being in charge of your career will benefit you:

Advantages to the New World of Work
You Relate to Others as Equals: There is more of a “team” mindset in the workplace. Supervisors’ roles have changed from "parent" to "coach.” You joined the team voluntarily and can leave any time. You can leave when you are ready. You also know that an employer can ask you to leave at any time.  
You Find Greater Joy in Work: You can choose work that you find interesting. Since very few jobs offer real security, why not do what you love? 
You Keep Growing: To keep growing, you need to expand your skills and add to your knowledge. You need to build relationships with coworkers and others in your field. You must be flexible and able to adapt to changes in your work. You must be able to transfer your skills to different types of work.
You Get to Define Yourself: Telling your story about how you are using your skills puts you in charge of your career. You can say, “I am good with my hands and I’ve put my skills to use in the past four years in painting houses.” You have more options than saying “I was a painter.”

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