Set your professional goals to advance your career on 2022

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2022 is comming! But how have you done in the past year? Are you a little satisfied or have you not really got the most out of the can, with the result that the can is clearly still half full? Did you surprise yourself and your boss? Because let's be honest, being satisfied with meeting expectations without a spicy extra isn't everything.

I vote for a smashing 2020 with all the trimmings. A kind of frikandel special, but then professionally. Setting professional goals will explain this to you. I'll give you some handy tips and explain how to maintain focus.

Setting Professional Goals: Why?

When you start a new job you're on edge. You want to make a good impression, take in as much information as possible and show what you've to offer. But after a while you start to feel comfortable, you do what is expected of you and maybe a little more. The ambitious worker bees among us will strive for more, but that isn't possible for most people. The start of a new year is therefore a good time to evaluate your position and functioning and to put your ambitions on the map! In addition, setting goals professionally helps you to make conscious choices in your career. This prevents you from drifting with the flow and ensures that you're and remain progressive.

How do I do that?

I often find it difficult to set goals professionally for a whole year, because in November I no longer have the same focus as in January. That's why I like to combine them with quarterly goals. How does that work?

Let go of your position and the results you need to achieve and then take a look at your personal characteristics, skills and ambitions. Link that to the growth opportunities you have. This is where your goals come from. Pick one or two goals you want to work on in 2019. Those are your annual goals. Let's take the following goal as an example: "Getting better at presenting". To achieve your goal you can:

  • Attend presentations
  • Follow a course
  • Discuss tips & tricks with people who can present well

To practise

To ensure that you maintain focus for a year and to make your goal measurable, you create a few intermediate steps. These are your quarterly goals. They can look like this:

  • Q1: I want to attend at least 3 presentations
  • Q2: I'm going to attend a presentation course
  • Q3: I look for colleagues and friends who can present well, to discuss tips & tricks with them
  • Q4: I'm going to give some presentations to practice

Of course it doesn't have to be so static. In Q1 you can also attend a presentation, discuss tips & tricks with colleagues and already give a presentation. However, in this way your goals become more tangible and it becomes easier to be actively involved in them for a whole year.

And who is going to arrange all this?

The level of support you can expect at work depends on your employer, your position and your goals. Think carefully about this when setting goals professionally. Does your goal have priority within the company and is it completely in line with your position? There is a good chance that your employer will then want to support you and that you can follow a course through your work, for example.

Is your goal good for your "professional development", but does it not relate to your current tasks? Then you'll probably have to work on your goals on your own initiative. That may seem difficult, but it doesn't have to be. In the case of a presentation, you can, for example, see if there are network meetings where you can give a pitch. Taking a course doesn't have to be a problem either, there are many organizations that organize workshops for and by freelancers/starters.

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