Finding Your New Job Or Career:

Self-Reflection And Goal Setting

Are you looking for a different job or career? You need to start with self-reflection and setting goals to get things done. It’s crucial to take the time to reflect on your skills, values, passions, and interests to determine what type of job or career would bring you fulfillment and satisfaction.

One way to reflect is to list your strengths and weaknesses and assess how they align with the job or career you are considering. You can also consider what motivates you and what type of work environment you thrive in.

Goals are fundamental to getting your needs accomplished. Once you clearly understand what you want, set the needed goals. Each goal needs to have five characteristics. They must be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

If you want to develop new software, you may set a goal to complete a coding boot camp within six months.

Breaking your goals into smaller, manageable tasks is vital to completing actions. If you need to improve your public speaking skills, you may set a plan to attend a Toastmasters meeting once a week. Goals and objectives will help you stay motivated and focused on achieving your goals.

Because of continuous improvements, continuing learning and developing new skills is vital to stay up on recent trends. If necessary, you can go to college for a new degree. Take online courses through sites such as Udemy. Or watch YouTube tutorials on your desired job or career. Most positions come with on-the-job training because each company wants things done their way.

Yes, earning a new job or career is work; however, The reward could be just what you seek.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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