Taking Charge (2nd ed.), Chapter 1.3

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Taking Charge (2nd ed.), Chapter 1.3

  1. 1. Planning Your Future Section 1.3: Achieving Your Dreams Taking Charge : Chapter 1 © 2010 TSTC Publishing
  2. 2. Professional Goals <ul><li>Now, in college, is the perfect time to discuss professional goals </li></ul><ul><li>Find out whether your career offers advancement opportunities </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  3. 3. SMART: Specific <ul><li>Specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visualize yourself working in your chosen field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write your vision in your journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be as detailed as possible </li></ul></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  4. 4. SMART: Measurable <ul><li>Measurable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set your goals in measurable units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incremental success builds job satisfaction and self-confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on factors you can control </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  5. 5. SMART: Attainable & Realistic <ul><li>Attainable and Realistic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unrealistic expectations only bring disappointment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach for high standards that stimulate and challenge you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals should be flexible and transient so you control them </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  6. 6. SMART: Timed <ul><li>Timed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider if the career you choose offers advancement opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set a tentative time line for reaching various levels </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  7. 7. Steer Your Ship to Safe Harbor <ul><li>Check your expectations against the SMART rule and the THREE P’s </li></ul><ul><li>Know the facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does your career pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What education is required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep your journal close </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  8. 8. One Final Thought <ul><li>Be aware of dream stealers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People in your life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time management </li></ul></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  9. 9. Further Reflections <ul><li>What goals have you already set for your professional life? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you vision yourself in your career? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you want to be in five years? </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing
  10. 10. Additional Resources <ul><li>Salary.com </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.salary.com </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics http:// www.bls.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Setting & Achieving Career Goals http:// lifeskills.endlex.com/article/career_goals.html </li></ul>© 2010 TSTC Publishing

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