3 Goals of a Career Activist

An excerpt from an interesting career article I read recently:

How do you keep your career in motion? By setting and working continuously toward 3 goals:

Your Achievement Goal is something you can accomplish in the next six-to-twelve months. It identifies an outcome you can achieve in your current job, such as a step-up in your performance, the completion of a special project, the solution to an especially tough problem or the resolution of an issue that has degraded your work. It enables you to give your employer a fulsome return on its investment in you and to give yourself a “career victory” that is meaningful and useful for you.

Your Advancement Goal is an objective you can reach in the next three-to-five years. It identifies the next job you want to hold or the next level of work you want to be able to perform. It may involve your current employer or it may require that you move to another work situation, but it will always represent a major leap forward in your capability and contribution in the workplace. Your advancement goal should stretch you beyond your current level of performance, but also be a realistic challenge. It is a brass ring, but one that you have a reasonable chance of grabbing.

Your Development Goal is the bridge between your achievement goal and your advancement goal. It enables you to build on the success you accomplish in the near term by adding the supplemental skills and knowledge that prepare you to conquer each of the challenges you identify for the longer term in your career. Your development goal transforms you from a stationary state to one in motion, from operating as a worker-in-place to the continual growth of a worker-in-progress.

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Learning Leader Tech Ed Advocate Empassioned Educator Perpetual Student Professional Learner Chief Learning Officer Tonya is a learning leader, instructional design, performance support and multimedia communications professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, instructional design and training, web and creative design, internal and external marketing, PR and communications, social media, service excellence, leadership development and non-profit operations management. She is currently Director, Staff Learning & Development, Teach For America; President, A2ATD; principal and Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Beta Technology & Instruction; grad student at The University of Michigan; and author of the Learning Leader Blog (www.learningleader.org,) an emerging technologies resource for 21st century educators. She current is living in Macomb County, MI, with her cat and several Mac and iOS devices.

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