Week 7

CAPS Career Development III Capstone

Selecting goals, setting a path towards them, and enjoying the satisfaction of achieving them is an approach that applies to many areas of life: from budgeting goals such as paying off a credit card to personal goals such as buying a home. Knowing what you want, plotting a course to get to what you want, adjusting that course based on changing circumstances—these are important skills for your career and your life.

For example, if one of your career goals is promotion within the company, you will need to determine what kind of promotion you want: supervisor, department change, or something else. You need to know yourself to set goals, too. Be realistic and think hard about what it is that you want. Promotion often means more income, but it always means more responsibility.

During your studies, you have worked to develop professional skills. After graduation, apply the process of setting and achieving goals to your career. To facilitate your future career goals planning, you will write about and discuss how you set and met goals related to your professional skills or volunteering. Going forward, use this reflective-exercise process when developing your short- and long-term career plans.

Read the article, 7 Tips for Settting and Achieving Your Goals (Halford, 2004) to get your head in the goal game for this activity.