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Professional Goal Setting for 2015

by Monette Anderson, WSCPA Academic Relations Coordinator | Jan 21, 2015

This year when you sit down to think about your personal resolutions, do you plan on spending any time setting your professional goals? You may be mentally checking this off if you do this as part of your company’s annual performance appraisal, but put down that imaginary red pen and really think about it. My guess is that what’s locked in your firm’s HR cabinet fails to consider your personal long-term objectives or the bigger why behind your short-term annual goals.  

Where do you want to be in 10 years and how are you going to set your career goals to fall in line? You may have a goal of starting your own firm in 10 years, something you may not want to highlight in your annual performance appraisal. Alternately, you may know that you want to eventually cut back your hours to spend more time with your family. In that scenario, your short term objectives may consist of working more efficiently to convince your boss that you can do your job in fewer hours a week, and it may not be the right time to lay those cards on the table.

Below, find your WSCPA professional goal-setting roadmap. Pick up a real pen or your laptop, and create your visual roadmap to success. Once completed, put it somewhere where you will review it regularly and make adjustments as needed. 

Setting Professional Goals for 2015 Infographic

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