Pursuing Your Dream: Six Tips to Help You Reach Your Career Goals

By Dixie Somers

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As young children, we are often asked what we want to be when we grow up. The kindergarten hallways of schools are lined with dreams of astronauts, professional athletes, doctors, teachers, video game testers, and a fair sprinkling of princesses. While the dreams and aspirations may evolve over time, the idea of having a dream does not. There are some easy tips to follow to help your dream become a career reality.

Identify Your Motivators

When choosing a career goal, figure out what motivates you. It is much easier to stick with a goal when the reasons behind it motivate and inspire you. If you love working with kids and helping them learn and grow motivates you, consider a career in education or social work. If you like to educate people on health and safety, maybe something like a health care or public safety career would be a good fit for you.

Set a Lofty (but Realistic) Goal

Setting a goal is obviously an important part of achieving it. It is vital that you set a lofty goal for yourself, one that will give you a sense of accomplishment and self-worth once completed. Often, the more difficult part is setting one that is also realistic. For example, most young boys will not go on to become professional athletes, and they realize this at some point along the way in junior high, high school, or college. If you played on the junior varsity team all the way through high school, the likelihood of you being drafted to the NFL is almost zero. If the world of sports is something you really desire to work in, look instead into careers such as sports management, broadcasting, or physical therapy. Getting a master’s in coaching and athletic administration can offer many options for a rewarding career.


Be Organized

Few things squash a goal faster than failure to thrive and succeed. One of the best ways to ensure success is through organization. Staying organized will help you achieve better grades, keep appointments, and put forth a professional appearance.


Tell People Your Goal

Accountability is key. It is easier to give up on yourself if no one else knows about it. Tell people about your goal. This can help you form the support network you need. It will also make people more understanding of any sacrifices or changes you have to make in your regular routine.


Gather a Support Team

Along with accountability, a support network will provide encouragement and support. Everyone's support team will look different and may likely include people such as family, friends, neighbors, professors, and classmates.


Work, Work, Work

Don't expect it to be easy. Most things that are worth doing require a lot of effort. Be prepared for the fact that in order to achieve your goal, it is likely that hard work and sacrifice will be necessary. Be prepared for this so it does not discourage you.


While these tips will help, there is no set prescription for career success. If you choose your course of action carefully, work hard, allow others to help you, and persevere through hard times, you will be well on your way to success.


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