Career Conversions. Life Changing Career Choices

Set Goals for a New Career Path, Job or Promotion

Do you know what you want from your next job and how you want to contribute to your corner of the world as a result of the work you do?  Have you sketched out a short and long term master plan with appropriate goals that align with the vision you have for your life?  Do you regularly review this vision, modify it as new opportunities become apparent and make choices to act in a manner that moves you forward in your work and your life?


Stephen Covey says “Begin with the end in mind.”  People who are seeking a new career path, a new job or working toward getting a promotion within their current organizations realize more success when they put their vision first.  It is a Goal-Gap-Get There concept.  A career transition coach can help you figure out what your personal and professional goals are; based upon the future vision you have.  It is important to clarify the types of positions/roles are of interest to you and those for which you are experienced and skilled enough to perform.  Examine the industries that would be a good fit for you and most of all, the things that really matter to you, for example your family, finances, travel etc.  The areas of consideration I just mentioned are external.  In finding the ideal opportunities that are a great fit for you also entails uncovering the internal areas of consideration.  What I mean by that is what you do to give back, what this position really means to you and who are you?  And how do you want others to perceive you?  The internal aspects are those that give you a personal sense of accomplishment.

The bottom line here is Set Goals and Stretch Goals! The term “stretch goals” was coined by Jack Welch, the former legendary CEO of General Electric.  He uses the term to “denote those objectives that are seemingly unattainable with present resources and, most importantly, mindset. By the specifying the “attainable”, people are required to think outside of the box and be able to improve performance by magnitude they had never thought possible.”  This same concept can be used in your career transition.  

As you move through the steps, celebrate each and every small win because each small win moves you closer to achieving your goal and finding fulfillment.


Trish Dervin, CCMC, Career Transition Coach

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