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Setting your career objectives

As a career builder you should start by organizing your ideas into 3 groups: long-term, medium-term and short-term (“now”). By setting longer-term career goals, you will be able to set your own course to becoming more successful in your career. By coming backwards towards the present, you will then manage to take a step at a time down to your ultimate objective.

Do you want to commit your full being (body, mind, and spirit) to the work you have listed in the "now" column? Will you be able to see this work as a real part of the global career picture? Receiving pay obviously means completing the tasks required by the position. Will the joy you experience in completing the tasks be greater for you than the burden involved?

Your own personality and your attitudes are the main predictors of success in your future career. Even though you may accomplish less than you could, it is clear that you can’t accomplish more than you actually believe you can. Whether positive or negative, your thoughts and views do come into play. The secret of a sportsperson’s success can be yours because, after all, everything bad or good is simply in your own mind. Never underestimate your own mind’s potential for better or worse, as its importance is enormous. Imagine any mental model (e.g., a high jumper would visualize himself running and jumping over the bar in the stadium). Just use your creativity to “see” what you wish to achieve along your own life. Close your eyes and visualize yourself carrying out the kind of work you have written in the "now" section. To be successful in visualizing it, you really need to have a strong desire for the goal to be achieved, a belief that the goal is in fact possible to attain, and a real willingness for this to happen.

Complete your visualization with the affirmation: "I am ..." You can phrase it as a role (e.g., a customer support person, or as an activity, such as supervising a group of volunteers). Say the affirmation very often so that the thought becomes comfortable and exciting for you. Finding the work of your dreams will be much easier if you can actually describe it to other people.

Now, insert your career objectives within your global personal objectives for your life.


Comprehensive career education glossary. Definitions of career education and career builder terms.

Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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