Your first couple of jobs after you graduate college could be trash or the most amazing and fulfilling positions you’ve had thus far, it’s pretty much a coin toss. What’s not up for grabs is how you utilize those experiences to build your career path. Every job you have from being a cashier at Whole Foods to working as a paralegal, has something to teach you. It’s up to you to evaluate how that job is going to help propel you further down your career path.
Once a month I evaluate where I am now to where I want to be to see how I’m tracking. This is a great exercise to make sure you’re not getting lost in the monotony of the everyday life, but to also challenge you to ask questions and do more.
Write out your goals
This has kept me true to my word and my vision. I know what I want to do in life so by writing out my short and long term goals, it helps me level set and make sure that I am not focusing on the wrong things.
Give those goals a timeline
If you’re not tracking it will it really happen?. Set hard timelines for what you want to accomplish, by sticking to them you will alleviate that ‘stuck’ feeling that comes with not knowing what’s next and when it’ll happen.
Keep a list of your accomplishments, skills and where you need to improve
You have to be your own critic and champion. Take any words of encouragement or criticism and deconstruct them. What are you good at, what do you struggle with, and how have those qualities appeared in your everyday life. If you know what you’re good at you won’t take jobs or positions that don’t speak to your strengths.
How do you stay true to your career goals?
Three women going through life.