Planning to Work – Short and Long Term Goals


By Anna D. Banks, GCDF
Employability Coach, Adjunct Profesor ECC-WDP

Determination is a key factor that helps us achieve our goals. Goal setting is the process of identifying something that we wish to achieve in a specific period of time. Many of us still do not set goals in our lives, and some don’t even know how they can do so. When they do suddenly decide they need defined goals, they are often unrealistic. So, set your goals with both feet firmly on the ground, keeping your strengths and weaknesses in mind.

One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to put your goals down on paper with pictures or some other visual representation of your goals. If you stick this up somewhere near your work desk, you can often refer to it to see how you are progressing, and it is fulfilling to see all the goals you have already achieved.

Have you heard about the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting outline? It is the acronym for SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVEBLE, RELEVANT and TIME RELATED outlines. If you take all of these factors into account when setting your goals outline or creating your goals poster, you will no doubt come up with a fantastic set of goals, suited to none but yourself.

Members of the November 2007 Workforce Development Program at Essex County College accepted the challenge of putting their goals on paper.

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