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Setting effective IT career goals for 2017

The new year is a great time to think about your IT career goals for the future, but make sure your professional resolutions are smart ones.

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Do you know where you want to take your IT career in the future, or even just in the coming year? By having clear objectives for your professional development, you can find the direction you need to navigate the recruitment process successfully. This is also a useful tip for interviews, as a clear set of goals for yourself can demonstrate to employers that you are self-motivated and know exactly what you want to achieve.

The new year is the perfect time to revisit your career resolutions, but how can you set yourself productive goals that you will continue to strive for long after the sounds of midnight countdowns and fireworks have faded?

Many people set new years resolutions for themselves, but in many cases, these targets get put aside by the time the start of the year busyness kicks in. Randy White, the director of operations at marketing and sales firm White House Marketing, explains that creating objectives is the easy part – it’s making them impactful and lasting that’s the challenge.

“It’s easy to write down goals, and hope that you’ll reach them,” he said. “However, we want to ensure that we achieve them. Therefore, we focus on ensuring that they are detailed and specific, that they’re reasonably attainable given market conditions, measurable, and time-sensitive. We’ve also added several milestones that will serve as check points throughout the year to help us assess how far we’ve come and whether need to make adjustments to stay on track.”

So what does it take to create career resolutions that last? The SMART method is a tried and tested approach to goal-setting that you can use as a guide. It is made up of the following criteria, as described by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timely.

Sticking to them

Nevertheless, setting goals is one thing, while following through is an entirely different matter. According to IT collaboration solutions company Workbar, setting goals in your personal life can help to drive achievement in your professional life, and it’s also important to reward yourself at intervals as you reach your targets. In addition, Workbar argues that getting emotionally invested in your goals through positive associations and by formulating an inspiring long-term vision can help motivate you to stay on track.

Think about where you want to go with your career, and where you envision yourself fitting in the IT sector. Whether your aim is to land the mobile developer role you’ve always wanted or to invent a cutting-edge new technology solution, setting smart resolutions is the first step to getting there.