When it comes to setting your career goals, it is crucial to write them down. Why? Because studies have shown that you are more likely to reach their goals when you write them out. We can all say what we want, but our desires can change on a daily basis. You might no longer want what you wanted last year or five years ago. As you learn more about the world, you start to want different things. When you put your goals to a document, it forces you to clarify what you want. It also gives you the motivation to take action. Moreover, you can look at it and celebrate your progress. On the other hand, you might be confused when it comes to starting. This course gives you information on how to accelerate your career in 30 days.   If you are writing a career goals essay, read on to learn how.

Many graduate and undergraduate programs require an essay on your life, personal interests and career goals. For me, I can easily articulate my goals in a few sentences. However, when I’m asked to put it to paper, and in a concise way…well, that requires some thought and planning. Not to mention if graduate or undergraduate school acceptance depends on how well you convey your goals–it can be downright daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is some practice and thoughtfulness.

What Are Career Goals?

This is what you want to do with your professional life. It can be anything from getting hired by a specific company to holding a particular position. It can also span out five, 10 and 20 years from now. To illustrate, your first goal might be for an entry-level position at your dream company. However, 10 years from then, you might want to have a management position. Then, 20 years from now, you might like to work as a C-level executive. So, if these are your goals. You want to explain each one, in detail. How do you plan to get hired at the entry-level? How do you plan on moving up into management? How do you intend to acquire a C-level position?

All of these goals need research above and beyond some assumptions. For example, you could say you will work really hard to get into management. Nonetheless, is that specific enough? For the most part, no it is not. What do you mean when you say you will work really hard? There is a difference between working hard and working smart. You could lift heavy boxes all day. That is back breaking work, but will it get you into management?

So, you need to put your steps into detail. For instance, you can say you will strive for perfect attendance, take and complete offered train, work with mentors, ask for advice and follow the company guidelines for moving forward with your career. The same thing goes for the entry-level position. Instead of saying, you will obtain an interview, describe exactly what you would do to get that first interview. Moreover, detail all of the ways you will prepare to excel at your interview, as well. Think about it, do you understand the presence you exude? 

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