University of Battambang (UBB), "Goal Setting & Career Planning"

Having a clear vision of the end state we are trying to achieve before we take action to reach our goals is the key factor in accomplishing any goals that we set. Do you have a clear mental image of who you will be in the future? Your vision is a “picture” of what you aspire to – and what inspires you – in your work life. Articulating your vision statement for your career is the first step in helping you eventually reach your career goals.

Setting Career Development Goals

Goal-setting techniques are used by successful people in all fields. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure your progress and continuously motivate yourself to progress toward the vision you have for your ideal work life. You will be able to see forward movement in what might otherwise feel like a long, pointless grind. By setting and taking action toward your goals, you will raise your self-confidence.

The following are some tips for setting effective goals:

Express your goals positively, rather than framing them in terms of what you don't want.

Be precise in setting dates, times, and amounts so that you know when you have achieved your goals.

Set priorities so that you know which of your goals to focus your attention toward and helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals.

Write your goals down so that you can visually be reminded of them and so that you can craft them to be precise and clear.

Break down your goals into small, achievable tasks so that you get frequent opportunities to accomplish them and feel motivated to take on other goals.

Set realistic goals that you can achieve and that are in your own control.