Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Do you have Career Goals or Career Wishes?

I read an article this morning that talked about questions one should ask before accepting a job.  The article kept making references to making sure the job aligned properly with one’s career goals.

While there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the article, I wonder how many people truly have “career goals” mapped out.

What is a goal?

A quick visit to Wikipedia produced this definition:

“A goal is an objective that a person or a system plans or intends to achieve.”

Career Goals or Career Wishes

I’m currently working with a 26 year old Millennial coaching client.  I just told my coaching partner that this person is likely one of the highest value coaching clients we’re working with. 

By highest value I mean that on his own at a relatively early time in his career, this up-and-coming security professional recognized that in order to get to where he wishes to be one day, he needed to get some help to clarify the system he will follow on his career journey.

This up-and-coming future security leader is doing what it takes early in his career to create the best chances of getting to where he wants to go further down the road.

Back to my Morning Reading

Yes, it is important to measure every step in one’s career against one’s career goals.  I just wonder how many people actually have specific “career goals” to measure against?

Do you have written, defined and measurable “career goals”?

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