Achieving Success: It's All About Goals

Setting goals can help you achieve the professional success you have always wanted. Even if you have a career you may struggle with how to continue to progress forward. Having a clear vision of where you want to go and what you want to achieve before taking action is the key factor to success in accomplishing any goals you set.

How to Set A Career Goal

Although it may seem obvious the first step of setting a goal is deciding what you want to accomplish. Often these goals are complex so it may be beneficial to split your larger goal into smaller, more achievable goals. This will make accomplishing your goal easier to manage and will help streamline the process.


Examples of Career Goals

If you aren’t sure where to start or don’t think you can benefit from setting career goals, here are a few examples:

Increase Sales or Performance Metrics: Metrics can measure performance, productivity, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction. Those who are paid for their performance will greatly benefit from metric based goals.

Short Term Goals

  • Learn how to network better and attend networking events
  • Learn how to under-promise and over deliver with clients or managers to surprise them

Earn a Promotion: Getting promoted is beneficial in many ways, it may mean more money, more responsibility or it can be a step closer to your dream job. A promotion involves careful planning, commitment, and execution and will generally be a long term goal that you can work towards over time.

Short Term Goals

  • Ask your boss for more responsibility or more clients at work
  • Find a mentor or become a mentor

Start a Business: A lot of people associate success with branching out on their own, and a viable career goal, in that case, can be to start a business. When opening your own business, it can be helpful to outline a series of goals that can help you get to where you need to be.

Short Term Goals

  • Create a website, promotional material, or social media page for your business
  • Be known as an expert in a certain field or area

Get a Job: For many, an example of a career goal might be simply finding a career. Trying to find a job can be a long but rewarding process.

Short Term Goals

  • Learn a new skill
  • Build a personal brand or an online website or blog

Earn A Degree or Certificate: Earning a degree or a certificate is a great step into jumpstarting goals and putting you on a path towards success since many careers requires specific knowledge, skills, or a degree in a specific field.

Short Term Goals

  • Use online resources to learn professional skills
  • Read industry accredited blogs and articles to stay up to date with current standards

Tips for Setting A Career Goal

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. There are probably certain areas of life where you can better excel professionally than others, so maximum the use of your strengths
  • Develop a time frame and know what your overall goal is for your career. This will help you know where your life is going and how it will intersect with your career  
  • Consider any road blocks you may face and think about how you will overcome them
  • Measure the progress of your goal, this will help keep you motivated and provide you with a sense of accomplishment
  • Utilize all available resources such as:

A career is one of the most important things in your life, and with a properly planned career goals, you will be able to achieve what you want from your career in the most efficient way possible. To accelerate your career by learning how to set and accomplish goals, utilize resources, and build an excellent professional brand, enroll in CPE’s Successful Job Search Strategies course.