Is goal setting important?
Yes! People who set goals for themselves are more likely to be successful, and when it comes to making a career change, having a clear goal in mind is crucial.
So what’s your goal? Do you fancy a complete career change to a different field / sector? Do you want to try something new? Do you want to stick with the same type of work but in a different organisation?
What’s your timescale? Do you need to make a career change immediately to get a job and pay the bills? Can you afford to take time out of work to re-train or gain new skills?
Have a go at developing a SMART goal. SMART stands for:
Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timebound
Here’s two examples:
|Specific & Measurable||I’m a beautician but I want to find a new job in the health and social care sector.||I’ve lost my job as a kitchen assistant. I need to find a new job quickly – any type of job will do.|
|Achievable & Realistic||I think I may need to re-train, but I can afford to do this as I live at home with my parents and have some savings.||If I don’t get a job quickly I won’t be able to pay my rent, so I’m willing to try something new if it pays a decent wage.|
|Timescale||I’d like to achieve this within the next 12 months.||I need to find a new job immediately.|
- Write down your goal – make it personal to you. Remember to keep it SMART.
Decided on your goal? Now you need to refine that goal. Move on to Step 2 – Interests and Values.