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Keeping on track with your 2022 career development goals

BY Skillset Marketing 20 Dec, 2021

Keeping on track with your 2022 career development goals

As 2021 draws to a close and 2022 begins, you may start thinking about new year resolutions and what you would like to achieve in your career over the next 365 days. You plans might include:

  • Finding a new job
  • Getting some new skills by completing a course
  • Obtaining some work experience through volunteering
  • Finding a mentor
  • Expanding your professional network.

In the excitement that comes with new beginnings, it can be very easy to make big plans about developing your career at the start of the year and for these goals to fall over as the year progresses because they seem too difficult to complete.

To ensure your career development new year’s resolutions stay on track, try the following suggestions:

Be very clear about what your goals are

The best way of ensuring you complete your 2022 career development goals is to be precise about what you are trying to achieve. For example, rather than setting a goal which states: ‘I am going to do a course at TAFE in 2022’, be more focused on what course you are going to do and why.

A better goal would be:

‘I am interested in finding a job in the work, health and safety space and so I am going to enrol and complete a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety at TAFE in 2022.’ This new goal is very specific and explains the rationale for setting and achieving it.

Break down each goal into smaller steps

Sometimes when we make big goals, they can seem too big to accomplish. As a result, divide any career development goals for 2022 into smaller, achievable steps. Doing this will allow you to see a pathway for realising each goal and will give you confidence as you start to see progress in completing each of the tasks.

For example, a goal of ‘I will get some working experience in an administration job by volunteering in 2022’ can be broken down into:

  • Research available volunteering opportunities in my area
  • Shortlist 5 administration volunteering roles that I could apply for
  • Assess what skills and qualifications I need to be considered for each of these roles
  • Apply for 2 roles that best meet my interests and current skills
  • Start a new volunteer job by April 2022.

Work out a timeframe for achieving your goals

In addition to being specific about your goals that you want to achieve and breaking them down into smaller tasks, it is important to establish a timeframe for when you will achieve these goals. Without a timeframe or some kind of deadline, you won’t know whether you are on track with completing your career development goals.

The key here is to not be too severe or hardline with the deadlines you set. If you set out to complete all your goals by the end of January 2022, you may not achieve them. Therefore, make sure any timeframes you set are achievable and reasonable.

Write your plan down

To make sure you achieve your objectives, it is worthwhile writing down your career development goals for 2022. By doing this, you can track your performance over the year and revisit your goals.

These goals can be written down in a book or journal, or set up in a spreadsheet or Word document. CareerLink recommends using the as this can help you work out and record what career goals you want to achieve and how you are going to accomplish them.

 

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