The Career Express
- Spring 2005 articles
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STEPS to Successful Career
The STEPS model - Decision-making
Now that you understand about goals and
objectives, it is time to decide on some specifics. Remember: goals
that are consistent with your values, interests, and lifestyles are more likely to be
In reaching your goals, is there anything that
you can do right away? What, specifically? What can you realistically have
accomplished one week from today? What can you do within the next month to implement
or reach your goals? Goals can help you guide you where you want to be, when you
want to be there!
Career goal-setting is not as intimidating if it
is broken down into smaller chunks containing short-term, intermediate, and long-term
Here are seven tips to help you set reasonable
goals and to begin to achieve them. . .
Be specific and concrete.
The more specific you get, the easier it is to meet your goals. Plan small
steps and specify what you will do within each of the four
career development quadrants (Self-discovery, Investigation, Decision-making, and
Implementation), and when you will
take each step.
Examples of specific goals include getting your
resume critiqued by a career advisor by the end of the week, or looking through the ASU
course catalog to find interesting classes before pre-registration starts.
Visualize. Close your
eyes and picture yourself taking action to meet them. Live with your goal.
Does it feel right?
Put goals in writing.
This brings reality into your goals and greatly increases your chance of attaining them.
Put goals into time frames.
Set deadlines for yourself and revise the deadlines freely. They are not set
in cement! Create steps in your time frames and write these steps into your daily
calendar or "to do" list.
Create a support system.
Tell family, friends, and faculty of your goals, and ask for support.
Personalize your goals.
What is the benefit of reaching this goal? Turn action items into things you
want to do for yourself !
Evaluate. Track your
successes and stumbling blocks. Give yourself credit and positive feedback.
Recognize which goals you aren't meeting and ask yourself why this is. Do your plans
still fit your personal career goals?
Congratulations on your
excellent career planning preparation. Now you are ready to take action!!!
Continue on to Implementation