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14. Setting Goals...

Once you've got a job or two in mind that you might like to do, it is VITAL to set realistic and achievable goals to help you obtain that job.

If you do NOT set any goals, you'll find that life just seems to... happen.... without any real purpose or direction!

To make sure you get what you WANT out of life, you must set goals, make plans to achieve them, and then take action!

Drawing up a plan of action involves:

  1. setting some realistic long term major goals (to become an Pharmacologist in 7 years time), and then

  2. identifying a series of shorter term sub goals which will help you achieve your major goal.

For example, if you were aged 15 right now, in Year 10, then for you to achieve your major long term goal of becoming a ___?___ in 5 years time, you would need to:
  1. Find out whether YOU are suited to a job as a ___?___

  2. Find out information about ___?___ so you can plan how much further study you need to do, and where

  3. Prepare for your final Year 10 exams to get the best result possible

  4. Gain some school based work experience as a ___?___ to see if you actually like doing that job

  5. Find out what subjects/courses to choose for next year

  6. Find out if there are any other courses/activities you need to do that will help you get into your chosen course or career

  7. Constantly evaluate what you are doing and where you are going, to make sure you get there!

  8. Find out the best ways to go about looking for work, applying for jobs, being interviewed etc


It might seem like a lot of effort to go to, but by breaking things up into these "bite-sized" chunks, you have more control over what happens to you.

It is important that you also put a TIME next to each step, so that you know when something must be done, and you can measure your success (or failure) on completion of each step.

This will help you evaluate your progress, so if things do not work as intended, your plans can easily be changed to allow you to go in another direction.

If you have alternate plans as well, then if something forces a really BIG change to Plan A, if you've planned wisely, then Plans B, C or even D can still go ahead!

Remember...
Don't put all your eggs in one basket!


What questions should you consider when developing your own plan?

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