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Types of Goals

As you might be interested in a different set of goals than the ones mentioned above, it’s important to help develop techniques that will allow you to identify your own goals. Generally speaking, career goals can be split into four categories:

1. Productivity

Being productive at work can help you maintain your performance and, therefore, identifying objectives that will help you produce results is an important first step for all professionals. Productivity goals refer to your ability to consistently work to certain standards or deadlines that may be imposed by the client or the employer.

2. Efficiency

In a similar vein to productivity, efficiency refers to your ability to achieve results in the workplace. But what makes efficiency different is that it is crucial in progressing your career. Efficiency goals have to do with the speed, accuracy and consistency with which you can produce strong results to a high standard.

3. Education

In this context, education refers to your ability to develop in the workplace. As industries and sectors evolve and look to explore new technologies, you need to seek out opportunities to learn new things. Developing your skills, investing in emerging theories and keeping yourself at the sharp edge of developments can all help to put you ahead of the competition.

4. Personal Development

Personal development is essential for success and as such you need to identify goals that fall under this category. These could be improving your communication or leadership skills and developing conflict management and strategic contribution skills at work.  These skills are just as important as vocational competencies, and they can help professionals develop short-term goals that will lead them to achieving their longer-term ones.

As you can see, goal setting doesn’t have to be difficult; it simply needs to reflect your priorities in life, as this is the only way to ensure that you’ll be passionate about reaching them. The best way to achieve that is with self-motivation, although you can implement a few of these strategies as well.  

What career goals have you set for yourself? Have you ever made any mistakes while pursuing your goals? Let us know in the comment section belo