Career development is an important part of life. Career development is enhanced by your personal, family, social, environmental and national development. Development in a career can be achieved by setting and achieving specific goals.
There are many things that help to set up career development goals. In my opinion career goals need to be set up by considering the following questions/things:
- What do your parents want? What will make your parents happy and proud?
The first choice is to ask the parents. Obviously, you want their happiness. It’s important to consider which field your parents suggesting you. You also need to consider what are your choices. Parents know more than a child so it’s not a good option to ignore their aspirations. I know that you may have differences in parents choice but in this case, you need to talk to them. So when you set or choose your career then it’s important that your parents, family, husband support the journey. It’s important that whatever you do, your parents, the family will be happy.
- What are your personal dreams? What you enjoy and what kind of experiences that you want to get in the future that makes you happy.
You may have materialistic goals such as car, house, money, position, power, respect and any kind of other passion. You also need to identify what type of experiences you want to get, such as adventures, creativity, leadership and power to change etc. And also what kind of things will make you happy. Once you know yourself and talk to yourself about the future that you want for yourself then it will become easy to handle thoughts and options.
- If married, what kind of husband you want to be?
Your career impacts your family life positively and negatively. Such as many entrepreneurs and job holders do not have time for family and kids. There are various situations and desires in everyone’s life similar to family, so it’s important to set career development goals based on the aspirations of your family. Such as your wife/husband can consider traveling to new destinations once in a quarter, they may want to contribute in kids education, your parents may want from you to support the family financially and socially. There are various things that you need to match. So that when once you will start or upgrade your career you don’t feel frustrated and alone. Your success is your family success. And your family happiness is your happiness. It’s not good if you’re enjoying luxuries in the metros and your parents are fighting for good health and wealth.
- If you’re in the point of marriage then what kind of future you’re looking for?
How you want to live after marriage. what kind of wife/husband is best for you? Do they support your job and business? Is there are anything that can cause the problem. Such as your salary or income. Do your wife/husband will be with you during your struggles. Can they compromise in your struggling times etc? These are things that have to consider while setting the career goals.
- If you’re a single mom then what kind of present and future you want for your kids and family.
You want your kids to be well educated. So that they don’t need to repeat the struggles that you did so far. They will start after you. It means you want their success and for their success, you need to set the goals that will help you to supports kids education, marriage, living, and lifestyle.
- How much per month income is really important for you right now and how it will be after 3 years?
When you set career development goals it’s important that you consider, how much income per month you need this year, and how much it will be in next year. Such as currently it’s good to get 20,000 to $1000 per month but next year you need $1500 per month. Or you can consider min. 30% growth rate in your income per month. Money is important to everyone but it’s important that you know how much you need and how much you want. And at least you need to get what you need.
- What are the top traveling places you want to travel in the future?
Might be you can set up your career development goals based on the destinations you want to travel. Such as Paris, France, London, United Kingdom, Rome, Italy, Bali, and India etc. top traveling places. So you need to set your career development goals that will help you to travel to such places financially, physically and mentally. You can set goals to become a travel blogger. You can become the tour guide. Or you can get 30 days holiday a year from your company.
- What type of luxurious things you want in your material world?
What type of car, bike, home and living space you want for yourself. How much that will cost. How you get each item one by one. Which one you need first and which one in the last. Considering these things will help you to find the right job, right career and correct career development plans. If you’re not enjoying the fruits of labor, then it means you need such career development goals.
- What makes you peaceful?
It can be materialistic things or spirituality. You need to set your career development goals that connected around your interests. For example, you can be a fashion designer, perfume creator or seller, graphics designer if materialistic things make your happy. And you can be a writer, teacher, coach if spirituality gives you peace of mind. It’s important what will give you peace of mind, Is it money, respect, sleep, friends, social media etc. So that later you don’t need to struggle in completing daily life business and personal jobs.
- What things make you strong?
Strong mean you want to be physically and mentally fit. so that your career development goals will be around the things that will make you strong. For example, learning new skills, joining Jim, regular morning walk, exercise, meditation, teaching and writing & reading etc.
Now consider the following things:
After the personal and career desires analysis it’s important that you think about following things to set best career development goals:
- What is the best way to achieve 70% of the above things?
Now create the path. Find out and write all the options that will be possible to achieve above dreams. For example, you can choose to become a software engineer but then it’s tough to get 30 holidays each year for traveling, but you can get a car, home within 3-4 years after a good job. But then you can choose to be a freelancer in which you will earn the money, as well get time for traveling. You can be a blogger or writer, in which there is not time bondage etc.
- How much time will it take to achieve above desires?
Whatever you select above, you must outline the time frame to achieve your 1st goal. , 2nd and 3rd goals. Do little research, and look on history that Is there is anyone who does similar things that I am going to accomplish. Learn from history, execute in present and hope for the best future. For example, after a job and 1st success (whatever) you will buy a CAR, then after 2 years you will buy a home etc.
- How will you manage the failure?
You also need to think, if you fail twice to make your dreams reality what you will do in that condition. Will, you give up or start again. What will be your approach at that time towards your career? Such as If I fail in the first attempt I will learn again and I will try again to achieve my goals.
- Do you need support? If yes, what’s that?
Do you need any support to achieve your career development goals? If yes, who is that? parents, family, money, knowledge, society and friends and your own attitude. Who will support you? For example, if you want to be an entrepreneur then you need the support of your family, money and knowledge and trust of friends, society on you.
- What type of goals do you need to set up to achieve above dreams?
Now, what types of goal you need to set up to achieve make your dreams reality. It means what type of course and degree you will do and which one is the best goals.
Remember, nothing is perfect in the world. No one ever gets everything. If someone has money then they don’t have time for family. If someone has political power then they don’t have respect. If someone has the greatest respect then they don’t have money. There are many things in life. Life, career, and business become complicated once you start looking for perfection. Only God is perfect.
So now we have ideas about what we want. Now it’s time to set up career development goals that will help you to makes your dreams reality. But remember, you need to conduct little research before finalizing about what will be helpful to achieve what kind of dream. And once you’re ready, then believe and convert your imagination into reality with creativity and focus.
Following are career development examples based on the above consideration and situation:
1. Get Knowledge/Update/Upgrade your skills:-
The first goal is learning the skills that will help you to achieve above desires/dreams. If you can identify the most valuable skills that are required right now in your company then you can learn that and present yourself as an option for the company. The company will be happy to promote you and increase your salary. And increment in your salary will help you to save money for the car and home or travel.
If you’re a web developer and looking to increase your income, then you need latest and updated knowledge about your trade. For example, you should have knowledge of Artificial intelligence, cloud computing infrastructure development so that you can code as per the demand. And if you have the knowledge you can charge higher prices for your labor.
In whatever trade or job you’re, your first and foremost important career development goal is to become master in your trade. So the more you learn, the more you earn. And learning means here is that you experiment with your knowledge, launch the new product, launch new services, bid for bigger projects, take bigger challenges etc. and obviously learning skills online.
So there can be following learning goals for your career development:
- Learning Python Programming Skills
- Learning Digital Marketing Skills
- Learning Website Development
- Learning Digital Marketing
- Learning Entrepreneurship
- Learning Leadership skills
- Learning Financial Stability Skills
- Learning Communication Skills
2. Income Goal:-
It can be $2000 per month and you can achieve this goal if you are skilled in any area of business and job. And $2000 goal is 2nd most important career development goals. To achieve this goal, you need to align your working hours around $2000 per month and need those skills, support, and work that will help you achieve $2000 income.
3. Effective time management:-
You can’t achieve your learning goals and income goals if you’re not managing your time effectively. That’s why you need to value your time for the particular time period. Such as you want to save $10000 in next 2 year in your bank account. Or you want to learn python programming skills in next 6 month or you want to double the revenue in your business within next 1 month or you want a promotion or you want to change the job etc. and whatever it is. You need to use every minute of your time. it’s because once this time went, it will never come back again. And you can’t spend 2 days in each week only for planning. You don’t need to spend the time to explain what you want and how you want, you don’t need 2nd thoughts or others opinion once you make up your mind.
I just mean here, that you need to use your time effectively only on productivity tasks and the tasks, the course, the skills, the people, the employee’s anything that will help you to achieve your income goals. It’s because when you manage your time effectively only then you can spend time in learning when you spend time in learning, then you can produce quality in your work and services and once you produce quality in work and whatever you do, it will increase your income. And increased income will help you to make your dreams true. Nothing is free and for no one. If you can’t get it by luck, then get it by doing struggles and hard work.
4. Consistent Growth:-
Now the 4th goal is that you are growing as human, employee, and entrepreneurs. You’re doing better things than yesterday. Your company is growing, your boss and the workplace environment is growth oriented. Your company gives regular promotions and incentives etc. to people.
I just mean here, that don’t spend the time with people who don’t want growth or not doing anything to grow as the human, as the company, as a manager, as an employee, as an anybody.
So growth-oriented mindset is important to consider for career development. For example, you’re a working in a company as a website designer from last 2 year and your income and knowledge growth rate each year is 10%. Now you really need to think, why I am only growing with 10% rate in my career. Is it’s a fault of the company or your skills? Think, What I can do next that will help me to achieve 30% increment in my income and knowledge.
If you’re in business, but only making $1000 net profit each month from last 3 years and growing within only 10% then you need a plan, idea, knowledge, sources to increase it to 30% or double the net profit next month. This type of growth-oriented mindset not only improve your career, your employee’s career but also you will be helpful in the development of your nation, city, village or whatever place you live.
5. Mental and physical health goal:
Don’t’ be only focused to earn money 24/7 but get some time to enhance your health and energy too. Health is wealth. Your $50000 income per month will not give you any happiness if you’re on bedrest in hospital. That’s why don’t ignore your fitness for earning more dollars. Do proper exercise and try to eat good and healthy food.
6. Financial stability goal:
Your next career development goal is financial stability. It means you save money each month for personal development, family development, kids education etc. It means you invest extra money in assets. You invest money on own or others new startups and new business. You invest money in ways that grow within time. For example, you invest in property, you invest in bonds, you invest in a new home, you invest in parking, you invest whatever that provide min. 10% return per annum passively.
7. National Goal:-
Your next career development goal is national development. I don’t mean go from here and join the army. I mean do the work that helps in national development directly or indirectly. For example, work in the company that is not a defaulter, and try to be honest with yourself and your company and don’t do or increase fraud.
8. Execution goal:-
Execution is the key to a successful career, business, and life. It means making sure that you’re executing the plans, working hard and living your dreams. It means you should have execution plan for each day so that you can create momentum to achieve your short-term and long-term goals.
9. Enjoyment of life:-
It means you have time to yourself. You have time for kids. You have time for plants and nature. You have time to travel. You have time for family/friends and you spend at least 2-3 days in month or couples of weeks in a quarter. So that you will keep connected with the people around you and you spread the happiness to others as well.
10. Reporting/Analysis Goal:-
The next career development goal example is reporting and analysis. It means you constantly check and report your performance and growth. This will help you to move faster towards your dreams.
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That’s it, friend, what I know so far about career development. My goal is to help you in your career and business goals. and I hope you liked this article.
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Vijay Kumar is Entrepreneur, IT Career/Leadership Skills Trainer and likes to help students, freelancers, and job seekers with his personal and professional experiences and ideas. The goal of writing is to help students to grow IT related Career and Leadership Skills.
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