In our most recent series of blog posts on planning for your job satisfaction and career growth, we’ve addressed a couple of important topics:
1.“Questions for Reflection and for Evaluating Your Job Situation”
2.“5 Steps for Short-Term Career Planning”
The third and final part of our series deals with long-term goals. If you remember, short-term goals include anything less than a year. Long-term goals, on the other hand, are anything over a year.
Once again, this is subjective and can change, depending upon the person involved and their specific goals. You’ve probably heard people talking about their “five-year plan.” You might even have been asked this question by a hiring manager: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Five years is certainly one standard by which you can measure the length of your long-term goals. Other common time frames include three years and 10 years.
It’s important to reiterate that these goals depend upon the person who is setting them and trying to achieve them. What one person thinks is a sensible, long-term goal, another person might not. Preferences and personalities are part of the equation.
It’s also important to note that a person’s long-term goals should be an extension of their short-term objectives. At the very least, they should connect to each other in some way and make sense from a big-picture perspective.
It’s not very useful to set a series of short-term goals for job and career growth and then set long-term goals that are not in any way related. All of this might sound like common sense, but it is information that you should keep in mind while thinking about your goals and planning for them.
With all of this firmly in mind, below are examples of three long-term goals for job satisfaction and career success:
#1—Obtain any and all professional certifications in your field.
You might already have some certifications and licenses. However, do they represent all of the ones available to workers in your field? Conduct some research to discover which ones you don’t have and create a plan for obtaining them.
#2—Position yourself for a leadership role.
Promotions and raises are fine and dandy, but what about a leadership or management position? This definitely falls into the three, five, or 10-year time frame necessary to qualify as a long-term career goal.
#3—Reach a certain level of compensation.
Or perhaps you have a financial goal in mind. This certainly applies, as well. However, as with any goal, you must be specific about what it is you want to achieve (in this case, a certain amount of money or other compensation) and the steps involved in getting there.
If you have long-term goals at this point, one or all of these might already be included in them. Or perhaps none of them are. What’s important is that you do have long-term goals for job satisfaction and career success and that you’re working steadily toward achieving them.
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