• Goal Setting


    Do you ever feel like you’re working really hard just to make ends meet and have a complete lack of focus when it comes to your future career success?

    At one point or another many of us have been there, but now that we are about to usher in a new year this may be the perfect time to self-reflect and set some professional goals—giving you a much better chance of achieving your own definition of success.


    Why Set Goals?

    Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you determine where you want to go in life and what you need to do to get there. It allows you to develop a vision of what you want to achieve in your future, while motivating you to get there in the present. 

    Taking pride in achieving these goals can also boost your self confidence and can help you reach higher levels of success.

    Start Now, Start Here...

    • First, start the process. Think about all aspects of your professional life—financial, career path, work/life balance, schedule, hours, etc.
    • Then begin by setting big picture goals—i.e., things you would like to achieve in the next 10 years or so. The goals should be realistic yet challenging enough for you to have to work hard toward achieving them. Some examples might be: “I would like to obtain my nursing degree” or “I would like to be promoted to vice president at my bank” or “I would like to embark on a career path where I make a difference helping others.”
    • Next, think about what you need to do to obtain these big picture goals. For example, make a list to attend open houses at online and local colleges to find out more about their nursing programs. Or investigate obtaining additional credentials such as a Master of Business Administration or a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner™) certificate so you can increase your chances of being promoted at your bank.* You also can volunteer at a local homeless shelter or help the hungry through your local church to start exploring career paths in the public service area.
    • Finally, break down your yearly goals into short-term monthly goals. For instance, one goal might be to obtain copies of your transcripts in order to begin applying to nursing or MBA programs. You can also volunteer at a local homeless shelter or help the hungry through your local church to start exploring career paths in the public service area.

    Throughout this entire process, it is important to make sure that your goals are attainable and realistic. Don’t jump from 0 to 60 without taking the necessary middle steps.

    Now Go and Move Forward Toward Goals.

    Then, all you have to do is start your plan! Give yourself frequent reviews to make sure you are staying on track. If you stray or are overwhelmed by work and family issues one month, don’t be too hard on yourself—just take baby steps to get back on schedule.

    Most importantly, celebrate each goal and milestone—and visualize yourself in that career that’s a perfect fit for you and your future!

    If you are considering pursuing higher education, we invite you to find out more about Kaplan University’s programs and explore our undergraduate and graduate degree offerings.

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    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    *Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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