The process of career exploration involves understanding one’s interests, abilities, and values. It is important to explore potential careers and understand the big picture that will help direct your path. Past experiences, both in personal life and academic performance, play a significant role in shaping one’s career interests.
Goal setting refers to the process of identifying Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART) goals that align with your career objectives. Goals can be divided into performance goals and outcome goals. Performance goals focus on the process that leads to a particular outcome, while outcome goals target a specific end result.
If you have an interest in information technology, a performance goal could be “develop new technical skills to boost overall performance in the current role.” An outcome goal could be “become a software developer in a leading tech firm within the next five years.” Both goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.