Professional Goals Keep Your Career on the Right Track

During a recession, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day concerns about keeping your job or finding a new one, especially when people you know are going through similar situations. Often sacrificed is the big picture — and the long-term health of your career. One way to make sure you continue to move your career in the right direction, even today, is to establish professional goals. Here are some tips for doing so successfully:

Focus on goals you can accomplish. When setting career goals, make sure the objectives you strive for are realistic. You’re likely to do little more than spin your wheels if, for instance, your goal is to become a CIO within three years if your career is well-advanced, yet you have little management experience under your belt. The goals you set should be challenging but not so much so that you frustrate yourself by trying to reach an impossible target.

The goals you establish also should be specific, and you should have a time frame for accomplishing them. These details will give you something concrete to work toward and help you accurately gauge your progress.

As you create your goals, make sure to keep one thing in mind: the economic upturn. Although any signs of recovery are still faint at the moment, conditions will eventually improve, and you want to be ready. You may want enhance your knowledge of areas of IT or industries that are likely to see growth in the coming years,…


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