How to redefine your career goals for 2016

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Life has really been great for the past couple of years. Be it the incessant lectures you bunked, or be it all those things you learned to progress in life, this is time would probably be the most memorable one in your life. However, the kind of decision you take right now would definitely have an impact over the kind of professional life you’ll lead during the coming years.

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Having a clear state of the vision for tomorrow is one thing you should definitely be concerned about. Adding to the same, it’s no reason to fret or get overly nervous either. It’s the age when you can make goals, chip in efforts to achieve them and possibly try again with a harder gut, in case you fail. Importantly, all that you learn right now would definitely have direct implication over the job roles you pick post college. Hence shared below are a few tips to define or redefine your career goals during college.


Start with ample research

Talk to any career expert on the globe and this would the first point to crop up. Before going forward in rash manner and taking any decision impulsively, think about the pros and cons associated with every career. You have the sources, talent, skills and the environment to grow out as a promising professional in the field of your choice. However, the right guidance would make you reach the right decision without a doubt. Hence, take your time and research about all alternatives available in terms of jobs, internships or future studies.

A lot of things have changed over the past few years and so have your plans. This is enough to validate the need of a thorough research about the global job market hustling outside the gates of your university.

Expand your knowledge and skills set

Having a goals and keeping enough alternatives in the hindsight simple isn’t enough. What’s required is working on your knowledge and skills-set on a regular basis. Perhaps, the one reason that you are facing a number of roadblocks while moving forward might be the limited skills and knowledge you’re progressing with.

It’s time to assess all that you have and all that you need to hone. Make realistic targets in the short-term and start working on these first.

Be specific

It might have been the reason that you lost interest or the zeal to learn more in the field that pushed you to change your career goals for the future. However, one thing remains the same nevertheless, being specific over the targets you hold. Until the moment you have a clear picture regarding the field you want to target, job roles you want to make a run for and the companies that should be there in your wish list, it’s all going to be like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Set Deadlines and milestones that give you the inner push to keep giving in your efforts. If not anything, you develop the knack to stay on an organized track in your career.

Communicate your ideas more often

Well, this is also the right time when you start building a network for the future and being an effective communicator is the only pre-requisite you need to have.  Whenever you feel the urge to share your ideas and the plan you have post college, make it a point to discuss it with someone experienced. It can be anyone, your teachers, professors, seniors or placement officials in the university.

It’s the age to learn and earn as much experience as you can right now. Stop worrying about the prospects of a job, it’s going to happen either today or tomorrow!


Author: Anshuman Kukreti

Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the globe.