Do You Have a S.M.A.R.T. Career Goal?


To achieve heights in your career and be at the top notch, it is necessary to have a goal, and the path to that goal, that is your plan. Setting your goal S.M.A.R.T way makes things easier for you.

 Here’s how you can have a S.M.A.R.T. Career Goal:
  • Specific:
    You must be very specific about your goal, i.e. you must have a clear idea of what you want do. Also your goal has to be realistic.Key – You can ask 5 “W” questions to yourselves:

    1. What: What do I want to achieve?
    2. Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits on achievement of goal.
    3. Who: Who is involved?
    4. Where: Identify a setting (location).
    5. Which: Identify needs and constraints.
  • Measurable:
    Goals must be measurable. It must not be impossible to know if you are progressing or not.Key – Try to make it quantifiable for which you can find the answers to questions like:

    1. How much?
    2. How many?
  • Attainable:
    It is very important to be realistic about your goal. Your goal is of no meaning if you can’t even achieve it with your consistent best or can accomplish it easily with your usual performance. It should instead be of some degree that may really encourage you to evolve beyond your current abilities.Key – An attainable goal will make you tend to think and find out ways to achieve your goal.
  • Relevant:
    Always have a goal that is “relevant to you.”Key – Relevant goal is the one where you may ask yourself if you do is worthwhile.
  • Time-Bound:
    Goal must have a time element. This is because a time-bound goal will establish a sense of urgency to achieve and work hard for your goal.Key – A time-bound goal will have a timeframe, say 6 months, 1 year, etc.

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