Tips For Reaching Your Career Goals

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Published: 26 Feb 2017      

As a medical professional, it is likely that you have a lot of career goals. These tend to vary from person to person, but the commonality is that there is something you want to achieve and you need to put the work in to get there.

Of course, that raises the question of how do you go about reaching your goals? It’s a time-honoured question and not everybody finds the right answer straight away. To help you along, here are some useful pointers that will help you get to where you need to go.

Plan The Journey

Before you can start down the path towards achieving your career goals, you need to make sure you have the route mapped out. Think of it like hiking. If you don’t know where you’re meant to be going, it’s going to take a lot longer to get where you want to be. Set the goal as the first priority and then work backward. Figure out everything you need to achieve, whether it’s specific qualifications, a certain amount of experience, or whatever it may be, and make each achievement a milestone to work towards. Each time you hit one of those milestones, you will be one step closer to achieving your career goal.

Patience is Key

Nothing that is good in life comes easy and that goes double for your career. Whatever you are aiming to achieve, you need to understand that you are going to have to work at it. In many cases, this means being patient and waiting for your opportunity. For example, you may not be able to move up in your current role because all of the top tier positions are filled, so you will have to wait until something opens up. Use this time effectively by learning as much as you can, particularly from people who have experience in the role that you are hoping to get.

Use LinkedIn

If you’re anything like a lot of people, you have set up a LinkedIn account and then basically done nothing with it. This is a mistake, as LinkedIn is your key to connecting with key influencers and experts in your field. Try to spend a little bit of time each day on your LinkedIn, doing something that may further your career. This could be speaking to a new connection, reading an article, or even writing one yourself that demonstrates your abilities and may catch the eye of somebody who can help you reach a milestone.

Criticism is Good

We all hate to be criticised. It doesn’t feel good and can shake the confidence a little bit. However, it is vital if you are going to move forward, as those at the tops of their professions have been able to learn from their mistakes. Listen to every bit of feedback that you receive from others. You will often find that the best doesn’t focus only on the positives, but instead points to an area where you need improvement. Take the advice you receive and use it to better yourself professionally.

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