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Setting Goals at Your Current Job

What do you want to achieve at your current position?

It hit me while I was celebrating my birthday🎂 recently, that I assumed I am working towards my goals, my team’s goals, and my employer’s. But wait a minute, what were my goals?

Such a simple thing–setting a goal–but do a little experiment and go around your team and ask about each person’s goals. Maybe it is not so clear after all. And if the goals are clear, is everyone on track? How far are you from the goals? Anything you can do to get there faster, better or more effectively? Anytime is a good time to review your goals.

If you are a graduate student or a postdoc at a lab, the number of publication is a straight forward and a must-set goal. Just saying. Why? Wherever you land, the number of publication is a measurement of your productivity at the lab.

As I was contemplating my own goals, which I shall align to my team’s and employer’s–that is how I Turbocharge my career path by aligning mine, my team’s and my employer’s efforts and resources to give it the maximum push–such that there is little to no energy wasted, I want to make absolute sure that the said goals are short, simple and can be ingrained in my mind effectively.

Here is an example:

  • 2021: Complete 3 Projects (X, Y and Z; valued at $XX)
  • 2022: Complete 5 Projects (D, E, F, G and H; valued at $XX); promotion to Position YY
  • 2023: Manage a team of 5 people, who will each complete 3 Projects, totaling 15 as a team, valued at $ZZ

So, what do you want to achieve? How will achieving these goals help you get to your desired destination?

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