Career goals involve what you ultimately want to be. The reason so many people seem unhappy with themselves, their jobs, and their lives is because they have never taken the time to decide what they really want to do in life.
The best time to plan your career goals is while young. Those who set off into adult life without clear goals often go adrift and end up making decisions such as having children, getting married, or taking jobs that limit their opportunity. In such cases, time starts working against you making setting and achieving long term goals more difficult (but not impossible).
To achieve a long term career goal such as becoming a project manager, an airline pilot, a plumber, or a mechanic, one must get involved in short term goal setting. After all, going from a high school graduate to a senior executive is not something that will happen by chance.
Short term career goals involve learning more about the career you have chosen. By meeting people willing to share their experiences, you can first confirm whether or not that field appeals to you, and you can learn more about how to get into that position.
You can also work to develop skills in the career you have chosen by engaging in volunteer work and doing career research on your own.
Before you finish planning how you will achieve your goals, almost everyone will come face to face with one short- to mid-range goal: education. Without gaining the formal training necessary to compete in your field, you will find your career goals elusive.
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