Top academic Year 12 and tertiary performers, exhibit one differentiating behaviour – they have a clear career end goal in mind. They have a clear mental image of who they want to be in the future, what they aspire to, and what inspires them.
Knowing what they want to achieve, gives them direction, provides them with a long term focus and motivates them to do whatever they need to do to make that goal a reality. It sets them up for success.
Many students, however, complete Year 12 without such clarity. Or, if they have got an answer to the question “What are you going to be when you grow up?”, they do not really know what they need to do to get there.
There are four steps to reaching your career end goals and having your dream job:
- Identify your unique strengths and values
- Discover your learning and working style
- Identify working environments and careers where you can best maximise your strengths.
- Develop a career “roadmap” outlining the steps you need to reach your goals.
If you want to succeed, you need to set clear career end goals.