Why you should have career goals?


People are naturally ambitious. We prefer to set the highest possible goals that you can have in mind. Setting goals activates and ensures that, in addition to the daily routine, you continue to challenge yourself to further develop yourself. Yet it is often forgotten how important it is to set career goals in addition to personal goals. But why is this so important?

Why you should have career goals?

A goal is a desired outcome that you want to achieve. Setting goals helps you to pursue your ambition, make decisions and give direction to your life. For example, if you are in a rut, it can be nice to fall back on your goals. Achieving goals also makes you feel fulfilled.

How do you set your career objective?

If you want to set goals for yourself, the trick is to find the balance between feasibility and challenge. When thinking about your goals, the 5 W questions can help you:

- What do you want to achieve?
- Where do you want to achieve this?
- When do you want to achieve this?
- Who plays a role in achieving your goal?
- Why do you want to achieve it? What benefits does it bring you?

Formulate your goals

Once you have a bit of an idea about your goals, another tool is the SMART formulation. The SMART method provides a number of guidelines that you must adhere to when formulating your goals. The goal must meet a number of conditions so that it becomes a real goal and not a "wish":


"Get rich" or "get a good job" are examples of non-specifically formulated goals. Because when do you think you are rich and what do you think is a good job? "At the end of the year I want to be manager of my department." is, for example, specific


If you set a goal, make sure it is measurable. This way you can better determine whether your goal has been achieved. If your goal is to earn more, then say, for example, how much more you want to earn so that it is measurable.


Is the goal acceptable to yourself and those around you? For example, how does it affect you, your partner, children or other people in your environment?


Make your goal achievable. Enthusiasm is good, but be realistic. If your goals are not achievable, it will only be demotivating in the long run.


Set a deadline for yourself. Only then can you properly measure whether you have achieved the goal and plot the path to it. For example, use a few "measurements" when setting a goal deadline for 2018. Plus, setting a deadline makes you more productive.

Setting goals ensures that you have a certain direction in mind for yourself. Formulate your goals SMART. Make them achievable, but also challenge yourself. Focusing on reaching your goal is important, but don't forget to learn from the way there.

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