Boy oh boy! I don’t know about you but setting five year goals for my career was pretty exciting. The possibilities. The opportunities. The changes. So many things are possible within five years. You could graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, or even a Doctorate degree. You could start a business. You could change career paths. There are so many possibilities. Are you excited about the direction your life could go? I am!
Stay at Home Moms – I’m talking to you
Stay at home moms, you do a 24/7 job. It’s not always recognized by society as a job because there is no monetary reward, but please realize that you have one of the most important jobs out there. Use this section to flesh out what being a stay at home mom will mean to you during your 10 year plan implementation. Are there skills you’d like to teach your children? Do you possess those skills or will you need to acquire them yourself? Think about that when you are making your plan. Also think about the transition of having school aged children to having college aged children, if that applies to you. Where will you shift your focus and time?
Much of the 10 year plan will overlap in various areas of your life and hey, that’s natural. When you are creating your career goals, you may find yourself looking over your personal life or community goals. Don’t try to keep them separate. You may wear eight different hats but it doesn’t mean you can’t keep them all in the same closet.
Map Out a Path
The road to achieving your 10 year plan WILL seem long. That is why mapping out a path is important particularly for this area of your life. A career may not be your focus for your 10 year plan, but it’s important to stay clear on your dream job or at least this aspect of your life. With a clear idea of what your dream job is, you will be able to make sound decisions when opportunities are thrown your way. For example, if your dream job and 10 year plan is to develop a music career, you need to have a firm focus on the end goal. Sure we need money to live but it doesn’t have to come from just anywhere. Will a Receptionist job help you get to your end goal of being in the music industry? Maybe, if it was at a record company. If not, re-evaluate. Choose careers (“to pay the bills”) that will give you skills that can contribute to your end goal. Marketing, business, editing. Those are all small portions of being in the music industry and could possibly give you skills that will lead you to successfully achieving your goals. Keeping this in mind, know that nothing is a straight path. You’ll need to identify these sub-paths that will ultimately help you.
Over the first five years of your 10 year plan, work on acquiring skills, making business connections, and furthering your education. These are the areas that will help you progress. Seek out a mentor. Read books or blogs aligned with your area of interest. By segmenting some of the smaller goals, you’ll be able to make progress far easier than just wanting that dream job.
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