Define your goals, create a plan, and take control of your professional future by crafting a clear career strategy for the next 12 months.
Envision yourself a year from now. It’s January; you’ve just experienced your most challenging and unpredictable year. “What specific outcomes are you picturing? A new job, a promotion, or maybe starting a new business?”

Goals that are too vague are seldom accomplished, so it’s crucial to determine what you want from your career in the coming year. Begin by finding a tranquil place to jot down some preliminary thoughts. Stepping out of your usual environment, perhaps to a local park, can aid in self-reflection and creative thinking.

After this, it’s time to structure your aspirations using the steps below:
1. Craft a definitive statement of your primary desire. Your notes should provide a broad idea of your ambitions for the year. Now, distil your statement into one actionable sentence, such as, “This year, I will secure a position as a dietician at a private hospital.”

2. Create a plan to achieve your goal. Don’t be intimidated by the word “plan.” A plan is just a list of activities arranged by priority and sequence. You can draw up a spreadsheet by hand or on the computer, whatever is easier for you. Place your action items vertically in the first column. Then, list the months of the year horizontally across the top. As you accomplish a goal, mark the corresponding column with an “x.” This is a simple and visually compelling way to measure and track your progress.

3. Set a deadline for when you want to achieve your goal. If you want to extend your Excel spreadsheet, create separate pages for each month at the bottom and file your objectives according to when you want to achieve them. For instance, if you want to become a dietician, you’ll need to observe a few people in that role and incorporate the best of their behaviours while adding a few of your own. Then, you should consider all the other things you need to do to reach your goals, such as taking courses to ensure your skills are current, researching all the industries and businesses that employ dieticians, approaching them for any vacancies and finding out what required skills and qualifications.

4. Review and update your plan frequently. Your career plan should not be something you create and file away. It should be a living, breathing document. I review my plan regularly and adjust it based on new goals or information as changes occur. This keeps me focused on my goals through difficult times. A plan or career strategy gives me direction, meaning, and purpose.

So, what is your plan for achieving your career goals this year?

Dr Rosie Coppin, the Energizer Coach, helps people change their lives—however that may be. Ready to take control of your life but not sure how to start? Contact Positive Goals & Solutions today for guidance on how to make your career dreams a reality.