Career Planning

Set Smart Goals

Setting yourself short, medium and long term goals makes the really big things easier to get to. Decide what you want, when you want it and how you're going to get there. Your goal doesn't have to stay a pipedream.

The easiest way to do this is to establish a series of SMART goals. All you have to do is write it down in a place where you can see it when you wake up, during the day and before you go to bed. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound, and is a useful reminder of how to write a top quality goal.

  • Specific: your goal should have its expected outcome stated as simply, concisely and explicitly as possible. This answers questions such as; how much, for whom, for what?
  • Measurable: a measurable goal has an outcome that can be assessed either on a sliding scale (1-10), or as a hit or miss, success or failure.
  • Achievable: an achievable goal has an outcome that is realistic given your current situation, resources and time available. Goal achievement may be more of a "stretch" if the outcome is tough or you have a weak starting position.
  • Relevant: a relevant goal should help you on your mission or your "bigger" objectives.
  • Time-bound: a time-bound goal includes realistic time frames.

This idea and the text comes from the website: Uncommon Knowledge, where you can find lots of examples.

Career building for Women

You may come across specific gender-related challenges and issues in your career.

More Career Resources

  • Prospects, the UK Graduate Careers website has lots of useful career advice for recent graduates even if you do not intend to work in the UK.

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