Set Career Goals provides you with an overview of questions to ask yourself and steps to take as you create your basic career plan. It’s important to review your plan and update it regularly throughout your career to keep you on track to achieve your goals.
Defining your long-term career goals and the short-term activities to achieve your goals are important steps in building your career plan. As a military spouse, there may be times when you sidestep your career because of relocations and deployments, but having an end goal in mind will keep you moving forward. Formulating SMART — Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely — goals will help you with the following steps of your career plan:
- Measuring your progress
- Deciding how you will accomplish the goal
- Assessing the worthiness of the goal
- Determining how long it will take to reach the goal
Use the goal setting worksheet to start identifying your goals. You may want to work with a SECO career coach who specializes in providing individual career guidance and planning assistance to meet your specific needs. They can assist you in establishing SMART goals, defining a structured plan and making wise career decisions. Setting goals and measuring your achievements will allow you to track your progress and realize your accomplishments.
You may also want to consider developing your individual career plan, or MyICP. For assistance with setting goals or developing your individual career plan, contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance.