Goals - Shoots... Scores!

Career Development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future. This is the first entry when you Google "Career Development." The key to this statement is the word "preferred." It's a choice, and it's entirely up to you.

In my years of working with students and graduates, I am inundated with unrealistic expectations regarding initial career opportunities. I love big dreams, but the key to big dreams is having a plan to help you accomplish them. It's a process that deserves careful planning and forethought. If you are truly serious about your dreams, then most everything you do each day should focus on accomplishing these goals. Bruce Springsteen said it best - "From small things, big things one day come."

Here are a few things to keep in mind and think about as you start your career journey:

"The first job you take will not be your dream job, but should be the job that helps bring you closer to getting your dream job." – Glenn Alexander, HR Specialist

Your dream job will require experience. When choosing your first job, ask yourself not what you will be compensated, but if this will provide the experience you need to help you grow into the position you really want.

"When it's obvious that goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." – Confucius

It's a good idea to have a series of goals that will help you reach the final target. Ask yourself what you need to accomplish the first year, then five years, and finally ask where do you want to be in ten years time. Now, what are you doing each day to bring you closer to these goals? You can't leap an entire staircase in one bound. Tackle each step individually and cheerfully. Know that with each step you are closer to your dream.

"I don't go to where the puck is, I go to where the puck is going to be." – Wayne Gretzky

The greatest hockey player in history was also one of the greatest strategist. He was an avid student of the game, who was always willing to learn and be coached. He anticipated the future and responded accordingly. He was also involved with giving back to his community. The more he helped, the more he learned.

"Don't be a tool." – Rob Coble

I am sure many have said this before me, but I am taking the credit. As both a Career Advisor and Recruiter, I always look first at the person and secondly at the technical skills. Ask anyone and they will tell you they would rather work with a B programmer who is a great person and team player than work with an A programmer who is a tool.

Comments, suggestions? Hope to see you soon. @RobCoble