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Dreams & Goals Part 2 – “Taking Action to Create Your Future”

Part B: Defining where you want to GO

Hello WTC Mentoring Program Participants,

Last month you received our WTC Connections email “Dreams and Goals Part 1- What are my professional Dreams?”. We are pleased to continue Part 2 of the series by supporting you in turning those your dreams into actionable goals!

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In Dreams and Goals Part 1 we clarified the difference between Dreams and Goals:

  • Dreams speak of your desired destination.
  • Goals are the specific steps, directions, and chosen strategies you undertake to achieve your dreams.

We also challenged you to work with your match to identify your current and past professional dreams and to share them with one another.

Now that your professional dreams are more clear, how will set and reach related goals? There are a couple of important components to goal-setting.

  1. Understanding where you are TODAY
  2. Defining where you want to GO

Step 1: Understanding where you are TODAY. Whatever your dreams may be, it’s important to start by assessing where you stand today.

  • Are you a well-rounded professional who has gained competence across several areas and you’re now ready to specialize in an area you’re very passionate about?
  • Have you taken the time to focus on your specialty and now want to turn your attention towards expanding other professional skills?

Whether you want to improve core technology skills, pursue more leadership opportunities at work, or achieve a greater balance between work and personal life, assessing where you stand today is the best way to figure out where you need to go next.

We’ve created a short survey that you can use to assess your strengths and areas for improvement in some common professional development areas. Since learning is a life-long activity, we invite both mentors and protégées to take advantage of the professional self-assessment survey. The link to the survey: Professional Assessment Survey

Step 2: Defining where you want to GO. The FUN part of pursuing your dreams is setting goals. When you set goals well, you will have a very specific roadmap designed to deliver you to your dreams! One effective method for developing goals is called the S.M.A.R.T. method. SMART goals aren’t just great because of the name…it’s the name that helps you assess whether you are creating goals that can be achieved!

S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time Based

Every goal you set should satisfy each of the above conditions and when they do, you can feel assured that the goals you’ve set are achievable!

Your Action Steps This Week:

Part A:

  • Start with Step 1: Understanding where you are TODAY by completing the brief self-assessment survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WTC_ProfSelfAssessment
  • Within 24 hours we will send you a copy of your survey responses that you can keep for your records. You can decide if you will share your specific survey responses with your match or not. NetHope will not share any individual responses with others.

Part B:

  • On the final page of the survey you will be presented with a link to a web page that describes more about completing Step 2: Defining Where You Want to GO.
    • Follow the link provided on the final page of the survey to access an overview of S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting.
    • Review the overview of S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting and make use of the template provided there.
    • Set 1-3 professional goals that you want to accomplish over the course of the program.
    • After completing Step 2, share your SMART goals with your match, get feedback, and then start working on those goals!!!

Part B: Defining where you want to GO

WTC Tip on Understanding where you are TODAY: When completing your professional self-assessment, it’s important to treat yourself with kindness. Sometimes it’s easy to criticize yourself if you feel as though you haven’t yet achieved everything you set out to. Remember, we all start at different places in life with unique opportunities and varied career decisions. What’s most important when assessing yourself is to be honest and optimistic.  From there you may make the best decisions to reach for something more, try something different or even keep things exactly the same. It all just depends on what YOU want out of life!

**** “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” Sheila Murray Bethel ****

Next WTC Connections: “SMART Goals – Smart Steps Forward”

In Partnership with You,

The Women’s TechConnect Team

 

 

 

 

 

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