With exams over for the year, this presents an important and exciting crossroads. This is a great time to consider your options. Read on to learn our top tips to setting goals for your future effectively.

It’s a simple fact – achievements make you feel good. Setting yourself goals and working towards them can be an amazing boost for your self esteem. Taking time to relax this summer is super important, so hang out with your friends and enjoy the sunshine. But it’s also important to take the time to apply yourself to taking positive steps for your future! So, let’s get into some goal-setting advice.

Base your goals on what YOU want

Define for yourself what success looks like. Dream big, and don’t be afraid to stray from what you see others doing. It can be easy to just go along with the crowd, but remember, it’s your life!

Use S.M.A.R.T goals

This stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. Break down your long term goals into smaller steps and work backwards so that it’s less daunting.

For example:

‘I will apply for ten marketing roles in the next month’

This kind of goal is great because it gives you a time frame, a number to measure, a specific action, plus its definitely achievable with some extra free time this summer. You could even break this down and spread those ten applications throughout the month so you’re not doing all ten at once!

Talk to a trusted mentor

Get advice from a careers advisor or a family member. This support from a trusted advisor can do wonders if you are feeling unsure about your next steps.

It can be really helpful to ask a mentor what your strengths and weaknesses are, as they can give unbiased advice on what they think you would excel at career wise!

Be flexible

Remember that life is unpredictable, so don’t be discouraged if things don’t work out within your timeline. In the same way, make sure to give yourself the freedom to explore options outside of a rigid plan.

The main thing to remember, is that you are the driver of your own life. Make sure to explore your options thoroughly, so that you can make the right decision for you! If you’re looking for some more information, why not check out our informative pages on apprenticeships, university, gap years and more? Happy reading!

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