Do you know what your career goals are? This is perhaps the most often asked question and the most imperative. You’ll be surprised that even though this is just a simple question, very few can really answer it with conviction. Interestingly, several career individuals in the workforce actually spend too much time with working toward their ambitions and planning with career goals that they barely could even identify.

Usually at the beginning of a profession, some things do not seem to be so much of a big deal; as a matter of fact, things seem to be easy-breezy and free-flowing. Mostly, it is because the job is new, so most individuals find the tasks or assignments to be challenging.

Not to mention that employees appreciate at least having a job most especially nowadays in times of economic decline. During this phase in our careers, there are some, if not several of us getting promoted; managers and employers typically keep track of the employees’ work performances and progress. But then again, do we even know or recognize our definitive objective? As time goes by and the years come to pass, we also grow old, and politics and relationships and our networks leverage us more.

Now, promotions become less and less, and pressure, responsibilities and expectations shoot up not just at work, but also at home. Your career goals will be more ever-changing and evolving over time. This time, your being worldly-wise takes over and take note that as you mature and develop personally and you have this overall awareness about life, don’t be surprised that you are now prone to changing your mind and as often.

Okay now, since we’re at it, how could we now go about in finding and unearthing our true career goals? Well, here goes…1. Know your interests well; give some time to discover your real interests regarding work preferences. Remember back in time what are those trainings or courses you truly enjoyed doing and pursuing and what are those careers or professions you even considered being a part of.

2. Establish and enhance those skills to attain your career goals. Your skills and abilities could stem from your experiences in school and work experiences as well. Develop a list or inventory all those skills you presently possess and even those skills or talents you wish you have. 3. Realize once and for all what is it really you want.

By knowing more about yourself will give you an idea what are those work and professional options which best suit your values, abilities and proficiencies. 4. Discover and delve various fields when it comes to setting career goals. I’m sure it’s a vast sea of choices, so don’t just limit yourself to only one but also set your sights on the different possibilities of having many alternatives.

5. Then, set your goals and targets. You can then summarize the outcome of your own self-analysis in a statement or a concised list that could serve as a source of information to look for employers.

Author's Bio: 

The author of this article,Amy Twain, is a Self Improvement Coach who has been successfully coaching and guiding clients for many years. Let Amy help you find Happiness in Your Work Place. Click here to learn how to become a Happy Worker.