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How to Set Career Goals and Plan Your Best Life

Sep 5, 2017 | Harrison College

How to Set Career Goals and Plan Your Best Life

Maybe you have passions and hobbies that you enjoy in your spare time but aren't sure how to turn them into a full-time job. Or, maybe you're still trying to find your niche and figure out your calling.

Either way, setting your career goals can be challenging.

In today's fast-paced, super-charged society, it's difficult to think past the next short-term deliverable, much less strategize a full and rewarding life that includes professional and personal achievement.

Yet, it's important to take that time and make those plans. Doing so can make all the difference in whether or not your dreams become reality.

Not sure where to start? Let's get into it!

1. Make Specific, Actionable Plans

The best-laid plans are those with a clear roadmap to fulfillment.

That said, when setting your career goals, make sure you're including enough detail so you know your next steps to take toward them.

This means that rather than saying, "I want to be some kind of nurse in the future," you take it a step further and state, "I want to be a nursing professional. I want to earn my nursing degree and start working in a hospital in five years."

While that might not be your exact goal, the concept is the same.

Make sure you're as specific as possible about your vision for your life so you're not floundering about trying to discern how to make it happen.

2. Ask for Guidance

Chances are, you know someone who seems to have this whole "best life" thing figured out. He or she is successful at work, invested in healthy relationships and emotionally at ease.

As you set out on your journey, don't be afraid to reach out to people like those for advice and mentorship. Ask them how they got there, what they'd do differently and how you can follow in their footsteps.

Still looking for someone to talk to? That's what makes higher education so rewarding. Find a program that fits your interests and learn from the best, interacting with peers and professors with like-minded interests.

3. Stay Accountable (and Persistent)

Setting career goals and striving for a more well-rounded, satisfying life is a personal decision. That means that while others can cheer you on and encourage you, you're ultimately the only one who can make it happen.

So hold yourself accountable.

Along with your major deadlines (e.g. earn a degree, enter the job field, become profitable), don't forget to set smaller, more frequent ones as well so you're always checking back in on your progress.

Keep in mind that because the process is so personal, experiencing any sort of roadblock can feel like an attack on your character and drive.

Don't let challenges and obstacles hold you back. Remember the initial rush you got when you first realized what you wanted out of life, and let that guide and propel you onward and over any setbacks you face.

Ready to Set Your Career Goals? We Can Help!

As you decide where your interests lie, it's important to partner with an academic institution designed to support them.

We offer many programs to fit myriad tastes. Moreover, our online classes make it easy to pursue your dreams on your time, allowing you that school-work-life balance that's so necessary for peace of mind.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help turn your goals into the life you deserve!

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