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4: Make a Plan

Determine Your Career Goals

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Finally, it’s time to pull it all together. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your earning plan be achieved immediately. You may need to revisit concepts in this course as you reinvent yourself professionally or as your financial needs change.

Begin thinking of your career as a continual process of planning, evaluating and renewing.


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In this section of the course, you will take small steps to outline your career goals, decide what you can pursue now and in the future, and make an intentional earning plan addressing all of the analyses you’ve worked through to this point.

If you haven’t worked through the course, it is highly advised that you take some time to do that now.

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound Goals

Set Your Goals

Working with your ideal career in mind, and with all of your analyses and research from this course to support you, it’s time to make a list of career goals.

Setting SMART goals for your career starts with identifying what you want near-term (one year or less) and longer-term.

Think about the goals you want to achieve with your career. The goals you list here align to the analyses you completed in Section 3 of SAM’s My Earning Plan course.

Follow these steps to complete the My Career Goals Worksheet:

  1. Rate each stated career goal, marking the column in which the goal aligns. (Near-term refers to one year or less.)
  2. Briefly identify two or more actions you can take to achieve that goal in the stated period. Goals marked “Already Does This” do not need actions listed.
  3. At the bottom of the sheet, add any other goals. You should also add any work roadblocks that you may need to address. (Hint: Look back to roadblocks and strategies to overcome them that you identified earlier in the course.)
  4. When you have finished, save this worksheet so you can critically think about your goals and actions when you complete your earning plan.

My Career Goals Worksheet

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