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How to set goals

How to set goals

Setting goals helps you get where you want to be.

Think of a goal as your target. Think of steps as the actions that will get you to your target.

How to get started

How do you decide what to do first? Begin by answering what’s most important right now. All steps are important, but it's impossible to work on them all at once. After tackling your first step, then move on to the next. These are the main steps:

  1. Do you know what kind of career you want?

    If yes, go to the next step.

    If no, learn what types of careers fit your interests and skills. Explore careers to find a career you want.

  2. Do you have the skills and training to do the work you want?

    If yes, go to the next step.

    If no, find where you can take training. Set a goal to develop your skills for that career.

  3. Do you have a resume and know how to apply for jobs?

    If yes, go to the next step.

    If no, get help to write your resume. Practice answering questions for job interviews.

  4. Learn how to find job openings in your career.

Tips to achieve your goal

Write down the steps. Write down your career goal and the steps to get there. Writing them down will help you remember the steps. It will also help keep you on track. Post your list where you will see it often.

Set deadlines. Give yourself a date to complete your goals by. Write the date when you actually finish each step.

Reward yourself. Taking steps toward goals is hard work. Think of small rewards to give yourself when you complete any step. This will help you stay motivated.

Have a goal partner. Find someone to help you stick to your plan: a friend, a job coach, or someone else. Tell them your goals and ask them to remind you of deadlines and give encouragement.

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