How do you define your career goals?
When most people begin to think about career planning, the
tendency is to focus on promotion and advancement. While moving up
is certainly one career option, it is not the only one. You may, in
fact, be able to meet your career objectives by moving in a number
of different directions.
There are a number of possible career moves you could work
towards. All of them present options for career and personal
Some possible career moves are: - UP - ACROSS - DOWN - ENRICHING
- SKILL BUILDING/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Now consider these in detail:
UP: To a more senior level in the organization
ACROSS: Laterally to acquire new skills; to incease your
exposure to other areas of the organization; to obtain your
perspective on your career
DOWN: To start a new career; to try something different; to
acquire new skills and experiences, which can lead to future career
ENRICHING: Making your job more challenging and stimulating by
increasing your involvement in some areas, delegating tasks in
others; changing how you perform your job; participating in a task
force or committee; taking on a new assignment
OUT: To a more appropriate position in another organization; to
set up your own business
SKILL BUILDING/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Developing new skills or
abilities; acquiring new knowledge by participating in development
assignments, a training course, or further education; changing
yourself in some way, for example, developing a hobby; changing how
you relate to people.
To get yourself out of the UP ONLY trap, list possible career
goals for each of the six options:
SKILL BUILDING/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
I define my career goals by 5 steps:
1. Examine your true career dreams.
2. Outline the skill sets that you have.
3. Determine the experience you have and what you have based on
your past work.
4. Research the minimum qualifications it takes to have your
5. Start working to meet those minimum requirements.