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Setting Career Goals

Kundan Pandey
Making career goals is an inevitable step that each one of us has to take during our student life. Most of us, however, seem to be confused due to the vast career opportunities available in this field.
It is necessary to set goals because they can play a crucial role in determining your professional success. If you master the art of goal setting, you can easily scale new heights in the professional world.

Importance of Goals

Why is it so important to set career goals? Goal making is important so that we know where we wish to reach. Moreover, setting such goals is different for every individual.
During our school and college life, we are equipped with knowledge so that we can have the necessary skills to compete in this world. Setting goals gives us a clear picture of the path that we have to take. This increases our self-esteem, confidence and mobilizes our energy on one single idea. 
As Earl Nightingale, an American motivational speaker says, "The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment."

First and Foremost

Many students are confused about choosing something that really interests them. Here are some effective guidelines on choosing a career one is seriously interested in.

Knowing What You Want

Every individual is unique in this world. Some are good at sciences and some at sports. While some love to dive into the depths of literature, there are various others who find their passion in maths. In some cases, students are average in studies, however, they may show extraordinary potential in sports and games.
Since childhood, we all have some inherent quality that can be called our USP (unique selling proposition). So, ensure you know what is that one thing in which you can really excel and succeed.
Parents and teachers must help the students to choose a career, that motivates and inspires them. If the child is unwilling to study law, well, don't force him. If he loves basketball, why not give him a chance to live his dreams? So, first thing to remember while choosing a career goal is to prefer the field as per your dreams.

Equip Yourself With Required Skills

When you know what you want, all you have to do is to give yourself professional training. You may be the swimming champion of your school and college, but, as you enter the professional world, the competition increases and you have to be ready. In fields related to studies, work hard and try for admission in elite institutes. Keep upgrading your skills.

Identify Short and Long Term Goals!

Don't plan out for the next 20 years of your life. If you are in high school, set yourself a target of 3 to 5 years. By the end of 3 to 5 years, you must have achieved what you wished for. Divide the yearly targets into monthly and then monthly targets into weekly.
Live each day by doing something to achieve your goals. Involve your parents in the decision-making process and remember to avoid procrastination and other negative habits. Long term goals will be easily covered, once you start achieving the short term ones.

Keep Yourself Under the Scanner

You are your own best critic. Keep analyzing and reviewing yourself. Ask yourself questions like how can I improve my efficiency? How can I be more focused? Talk to parents and friends when you feel demotivated. You should keep a regular check on your achievements and also reward yourself when you attain some goal.