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How setting career goals can improve your career prospects

One of the most important aspects in career development is the setting of career goals. Career goals can help you map a pathway between where you are now and where you want to be in your career. This guide will explain the importance of career goals and help you get started with planning them.

Why setting career goals is important

When you're busy performing daily tasks and trying to meet targets in work, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Taking a step back and setting career goals can help you to avoid getting stuck in a rut.

One of the best things about career goals is that you can use them to plan your career development. If, for example, in three year's time you want to be training new employees in your company rather than working as a telesales agent, you'll be able to decide what qualifications and experience you need to build up in order to meet your goals.

How to set career goals

The best way to set career goals is to think long term, then work backwards in small, achievable steps. For example, if you ultimately want to end up working in TV production and you're currently working in admin, your goals may seem unrealistic at first. But break it down into a yearly plan and you'll soon to moving closer to your dream job. For example, year one could see you enrolling in a night course, year two could see you taking an internship in media and year three could be about networking and building industry contacts.

How to stay on track

Of course, setting career goals is one thing but achieving them is a very different matter. In order to pursue your goals, you need to remain focused on the long term rewards of your efforts. Making a list of your progressions towards your goal and ticking them off as you go can be a great motivator.

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