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There’s no better time to consider goal setting and career planning than near the start of a new year. Setting yourself career goals is important to ensure you have a clear focus for what you want to achieve to feel motivated and inspired to move forward in the right direction for your career and in your personal life. Goals and objectives give you specific direction and help you establish what is most important to you and keeps you accountable and on track for your own aspirations.
In this article we talk through all factors to consider
when focusing on your career development and effective goal setting.
You can create a career development plan at any stage of
your career, whether that’s later in your career where you’re focused on your
end-career goals, the mid-senior level in your career or the earlier stages of
your career. We often hear the term ‘career development plan’, but what do we
really mean by this and how do you create one?
A career development plan is a collection of both short- and long-term career goals, it focuses on your current role and achievements as well as planning for the future. Creating a career development plan takes a lot of thought and reflection to enable you to decide what you want out your career and what you will need to do or achieve to succeed.
There are steps to take to create a clear plan for your own
career development, it’s a great opportunity to establish what you want to
achieve and how you can get to that point. Here are our seven steps to help you
develop your career plan of action:
The opportunity to reflect and evaluate your career to date
is an important part of the process of career planning. It enables you to
establish what you have achieved, the experience you have gained and the skills
that you have developed. This reflection allows you to understand what you have
done well and the areas where you have overcome challenge or faced
difficulties. This exercise can solely be a mental task, however it’s more
beneficial to document your thoughts on paper.
Think about what you want to achieve in both the short- and
long-term stages of your career. Set yourself realistic and achievable goals
and objectives while still pushing yourself and giving yourself a challenge.
Setting goals gives you focus and purpose. Further into this article, we delve
into the principles of goal setting and what you need to consider to create
effective and achievable goals.
Establish the areas you excel the most, why is this? This
will enable you to highlight your biggest strengths and key skills. This is an
exercise you can do by yourself or reach out to your peers to find out where
they believe your strengths lie. Which of these skills will help you develop
your career as a leader or at a senior level position with accountability and
No matter what stage of your career, or how senior a leader you may be, there is always an opportunity to develop existing skills and learn new ones. Establish the development areas to focus on that will benefit your career growth. As a leader, there are certain skills that may be of benefit to delegate to others who are more skilled or experienced, rather than focusing on developing on those skills yourself. This is a great exercise to decide on the skills most beneficial for you to develop or seek further exposure to, and those that are not essential to your own career growth.
Decide what is most important to you in life and in work.
This will help you decide the type of company you want to be part of in the
long term, and the type of values and culture you are keen to avoid. How can
you translate this to your current and future roles to ensure you live and
breathe your values and align to the company you are part of.
To reach your career goals on a short term and long-term
basis, there may be certain qualifications or training that is necessary. For
certain professions and career paths, there are essential or desirable
qualifications or formal training required to reach a senior or leadership
level, ensure you do research into the potential training you may need to
consider to reach your career goals.
If you achieve these goals, what impact will this have on
your career and your personal life? Achieving certain career goals may bring
career stability, dream role achievement, financial security, all of which
would have a profound impact on personal and family life. Consider what your
career goals will mean for you, having this as a focus will both inspire and
motivate you to succeed to get the results you desire.
Our recruitment experts know the impact new job opportunities can have on candidates lives when securing a new senior role. When at a senior level in your career, the impact of a new role can be life changing, with re-location often being an option for new career opportunities, there are many factors to consider and this is something our recruitment experts support candidates with across the globe.
As highlighted by Locke and Latham, there are five
principles of effective goal setting; clarity, challenge, commitment, feedback
and complexity. Let’s explore those principles in more detail:
To set yourself effective goals, it’s important to be clear
in what you want to achieve. Having clarity and understanding of the goals
you want to achieve will give you focus, it will also allow you to effectively measure
the success of your goals. The SMART goal methodology is a great way to set
clear, well defined and measurable goals.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
It’s important for your goals to be realistic, while still pushing you out of your comfort zone and feeling challenged. Having goals and objectives that challenge you, yet are realistic and within your reach combined with hard work and focus, can be extremely motivating.
This is key part of goal setting and without it, achieving
your goals will not be possible. Achieving goals can be challenging and in
order to stay focused, your commitment to the end result will play a crucial
role in ensuring you remain motivated and inspired to overcome any challenges
on the journey to achieving your goals.
Goal setting can achieve short- and long-term results, it’s
important to regularly review and track your progress against objectives and
goals set. You can review your activity, behaviour and progress yourself, while
also reaching out to colleagues or a manager for feedback on how they feel you
are performing against your goals.
Ensure you give yourself the best opportunity to achieve
your goals in realistic timescales, managing the complexity and challenge in an
effective way. Consider how much time you spend on more complex tasks, shorter
bursts of activity will help you remain focused, especially when working on
tasks that require more concentration and greater complexity.
At CSG Talent, not only do we support our teams with their
own career development and opportunity to grow as individuals, managers and
progress their career within our business, we also support candidates with
their own career development, sourcing new opportunities at a mid to senior
If you’re interested in exploring career opportunities at
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