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Long-term Versus Short-term Career Goals

Long-term and short-term career goals are exactly what they sound like; long-term goals apply to achievements you’d like to make in your future and short-term goals are supportive, actionable items you can focus on right now that will help move you closer to your long-term goal. 
MIKE’S TIP: When it comes to a timeline, it’s reasonable to assume short-term goals are achievable within 6-12 months and relate to improvements in performance and skills and long-term goals usually extend out from 1-10 years and are generally focused on the final direction of your ultimate career choice. 

4 Common Types of Career Goals:

While goals are broken down into the two primary categories, long-term and short-term, there are generally four common types of career goals:

  1. Goals focused on productivity: Productivity refers to the results you are able to produce for your employer or client within a given time frame.
  2. Goals focused on efficiency: Similar to productivity, goals that focus on efficiency refer to your ability to achieve results, but with a focus on not only producing the desired results, but with the speed, accuracy, and consistency by which you deliver those results.
  3. Goals focused on education: Continuing your professional education helps to ensure that you are always at the forefront of developments within your chosen career. Seeking out opportunities to develop or improve your skills can help put you ahead of the competition, ensuring you remain current and relevant within your field.
  4. Goals focused on personal development: Just as important as education, continuing to improve yourself personally can only help you out in the long run. Improving personal skills like communication, networking, teamwork and leadership will make achieving both short-term and long-term goals easier.

Within these four types of common career goal categories are the hundreds…no, thousands of different types of career goals.