No matter what career you have or are in the process of pursuing, setting goals for yourself is essential. Without tangible goals, you risk becoming stuck in a perpetual rut of feeling unproductive and unhappy. It’s important that you consistently remind yourself why you’re on the path you’re on, and what you hope to gain from it in the long run. That said, here are five of the most important career goals to prioritize ASAP.
Becoming a More Effective Communicator
Effective communication should always be your number one priority because of its ability to inform all facets of your career. If you want to become better at team-building, networking, or just developing your interpersonal skills overall, it’s imperative that you effectively communicate with the people in your office and in your network. Becoming a more effective communicator is the first step on the road to becoming a dignitary in your field.
Expanding Your Network
When it comes to your career, who you know could make all the difference when you’re pursuing your next opportunity. It may mean the difference between a promotion and continued stagnancy. The more you expand your network, the more people in your field you’ll be establishing yourself with, and the more opportunities you’ll find knocking on your door down the line.
Obtaining a Higher Education Degree
If not having a higher education degree is hindering your longterm goals, then perhaps it should become one of your short term goals. Most MS, MA and PhD programs will provide their students with substantial scholarships so that they finish their degrees on time with little financial burden. The catch? These are incredibly competitive programs, so you’ll need to put in the work to earn and maintain your place in one – but with a little hard work and determination, anything is possible.
Learning a New Skill
At some point in your career, being a one-trick pony isn’t going to be sufficient or elevate you to the levels of success you desire. By making the effort to learn a new skill, you’re broadening your horizons while advancing your current skill set. Enroll in a class, seek out a mentor, or become a self-teacher. You’ll feel great having learned something new, and even better when the time comes to put your new skill to use.
Taking the Necessary Steps to Increase Your Productivity
This is, of course, a no-brainer that is still often taken for granted. Don’t underestimate the impact that taking the steps to increase your productivity will have on your career. What does taking those necessary steps look like? Usually, it means effective time management, eliminating daily distractions, getting a restful night’s sleep, and maintaining short-term (even if they’re daily) realistic goals that you feel good about achieving.