In any career path and throughout one’s life, it is important to set goals for growth. In your work life, professional development means advancing your skills and abilities. Professional development can help to keep you motivated at your current job and provide you with overall satisfaction to achieve new things within your position or beyond. The practice of professional development is necessary for both the employee and employer to consider routinely. Professional development can include additional training, practicing in professional organizations, changing into a new career and so much more. Before jumping into professional development, it is important to evaluate where you came from and your current professional status. From there, you can look at your current skills and interests, to help you form a professional goal. Here are a few ways you can start goal setting your professional development:
- Identify your end. Start by figuring out where you want to get to in the end professionally. If you can’t think that far ahead, focus on the next big milestone.
- Break down your goal into smaller steps. Write a list of steps that you will need to take to get to your Looking at each individual step, can make the goal simpler and easier to achieve, than all at once.
- Set a deadline. Help hold yourself accountable to reaching your goals with setting deadlines. These can be for each step and your goal as a whole.
- Ask for feedback. Talk to someone who has achieved a similar goal, who can oﬀer feedback or advice on your professional development goal.
- Stop when necessary. Evaluate your progress and don’t be afraid to take a pause or make a modification when needed.