Setting Career Goals

Setting career goals can be overwhelming no matter what your stage in life may be. For most traditional professions, we will spend about 50% of the waking hours in our adult life on work or activities associated with our career. Those are pretty important decisions we are making! The decisions we make regarding our career impacts how we spend the majority of our time as well as the type of people we will associate with.

When setting goals associated with your career, the first thing that comes to mind is the career itself. Some goals may include:

  • Finding your first career or job
  • Finding a new career or making a career change
  • Getting a new or better job
  • Starting your own business

Once your career desires are established, your goals are likely to evolve toward how you can advance in your chosen field or profession. For example:

  • Earning an education in related field of study
  • Earning a degree and/or professional certification(s)
  • Acquiring other job-specific training
  • Designing a career track
  • Performing better in your job
  • Getting a promotion or raise
  • Reducing the stress of your job

As part of your career goals, you might also want to consider developing skills that can help you find or advance in your profession. Here are some examples:

  • Skills for working with others and getting work done through others – Leadership, Team Building, Delegation, Managing People
  • Communication Skills – Listening, Speaking, Writing (proposals, technical writing, etc.)
  • Sales Skills – Selling, Negotiating, Networking/Referrals, Marketing
  • Technical Skills – Project Management, Computer Applications, Accounting


Here are some great resources to help you with your career goals: