5 Easy Steps to Set Your Career Goals!

5 Easy Steps to Set Your Career Goals!

As we approach the end of another year and the start of 2017, we often reflect and set goals for the following year.

How do you set career goals when you don’t know which career you want or how do you move forward in your current career?

Here are 5 easy steps to help you set career goals for the new year!


1. Gain clarity on your career vision


Brainstorm your career goals by asking yourself these three questions:

  • What is your dream job?
  • If you don’t succeed, what would you want to do?
  • How do you want to be remembered for the work that you do?

Make sure you write down the answers so you can reflect on these throughout the year.

2. Make decisions about your careeR


Understanding what your interests and values are is a huge factor in making a decision regarding your career direction.

You might need some assistant making a career decision.

A Career Counsellor can assist you by using some assessment tools such as Strong Interest Inventory Assessment or Knowdell Career Values test.

3. Make the decision to invest in yourself


  • Give yourself time to reflect on what you enjoy
  • Invest in education
  • Exercise – a healthy body leads to a healthy mind
  • Book a session with a Career Counsellor.

4. Set your goals – short term and long term


Long term goals can be a great motivator for self improvement. They give us objectives that we can strive to achieve.

An example of a long term goal is you want to become a registered nurse. How are you going to achieve this goal? How will you go from being a person who has five years experience in retail to a registered nurse?

This is when short term goals come in. They give you objectives to strive for in the near future.

Short term goals I might consider to achieve my long term goal of becoming a nurse could be:


  • Attend a career expo to find out more information on nursing
  • Arrange to speak to that friend of a friend who is a nurse
  • See a Career Counsellor to set you on the right path
  • Enrol in a First Aid course or TAFE course relating to nursing.

5. Follow the plan


Make sure you write down your plan. A goal setting sheet can really help.

Contact us to obtain a free Career Goal Setting Plan.

A Career Counsellor can assist with all of the steps above.

Career Guidance Australia specialises in assisting people to make decisions on their careers and helps them set realistic goals.

We have the tools to help. Make the time to invest in your future, contact us today to discuss how we can help you find your new career.

Do You Lack Experience?

Do You Lack Experience?

Lack of experience is not necessarily a barrier to a new job or career.

You may think that a lack of relevant industry specific experience will stop you from getting a job, however this is not always true.

If you are changing careers, have recently graduated, or looking for your first job, you will be pleased to learn that employers are often looking for potential skills or attributes in a candidate.

You have probably read the first sentence above and thought how will I get an employer to look at my resume if I have no experience? The answer is transferable skills.

Transferable skills are skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful in many jobs and across different areas of life: professionally and socially. They are ‘portable skills’.

This wanted employment advertisement is one of the best examples I have seen of transferrable skills.

Whilst I do not condone his original job he has listed, he still has many transferrable skills. He has shown how he has operated a successful multi-million dollar business.

You might be thinking how do I get transferrable skills? The good news is you already have transferable skills.

Here are some examples listed below:

  • waiting tables
  • processing payments
  • handle many tasks quickly and concurrently
  • working with customers
  • captain of a sports team.
  • attending to customers
  • handling money and balancing
  • time management
  • customer service and communication
  • leadership skills.

It is important to sell your potential by demonstrating the transferable skills that you have already developed.

If you would like further examples of transferable skills please contact us for a detailed list of skills to include in your resume.

Why do Career Counsellors use Assessment Tools?

Why do Career Counsellors use Assessment Tools?

Assessment tools are used to help find a career that is your best match, which is dependent on four key attributes:

  • Values
  • Interests
  • Personality traits
  • Skills.

How do you identify what your four key attributes consist of?

A career counsellor is qualified to conduct assessment tools which help identify your four key attributes.

Assessment tools can open up a window to potential opportunities by helping you to uncover the tasks, experience, education and training needed for your next career move. These tests can be effective in giving you ideas of potential careers that may be a match for your interests. These assessments get you thinking about potential career options.

Two assessment tools I generally like to use when clients need to identify their interests are:

  1. The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment – it is one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It has helped both academic and business organisations develop the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals—from high school and university students to mid-career workers seeking a change—in their search for a rich and fulfilling career.

View a sample report for a high school student.

View a sample report for an adult.

The Strong assessment tool looks at six general occupation themes and lists them in order showing the most interest and least interest you have in each area.

The occupational themes are:

  • Realistic – interested in action rather than thought
  • Investigative – strongly scientific and inquiring in orientation
  • Artistic – Value aesthetic qualities and self-expression
  • Social – Interested in working with people, enjoying working in groups, sharing responsibilities and being at the centre of things.
  • Enterprising – verbally skilled in selling, managing and persuading. Tend to seek positions of leadership and power.
  • Conventional – likes accounting, organising and processing data – interested in activities which require attention to detail.

2. The Knowdell™ Career Values Card Sort is a simple tool that allows you to prioritise your values in as little as five minutes. Fifty-four variables of work satisfaction-such as time freedom, precision work, power, technical competence and public contact-are listed and described. This is an effective tool for job seekers, those fine-tuning their present jobs and career changers at all ages and stages.

Both assessment tools are user friendly and easy to complete.

The assessments provide you with the information needed to make better career decisions, and avoid spending money on the wrong training or choosing a career that will not interest you.

Working in a fulfilling career can dramatically increase happiness, self confidence, and work / life balance.

What is a Career Counsellor?

What is a Career Counsellor?

You may have heard a friend or colleague mention a career counsellor, or remember you saw a career counsellor at high school to help decide on your future.

If you are struggling with career goal questions or wondering what type of career you would like to undertake than a career counsellor might be an option for you.

Below are some answers to ask yourself before you make an appointment to see a career counsellor:

1. Do I know what a career counsellor does?

A career counsellor will help you identify your vocational strengths, interests, styles, and motivations, then sort through what career paths are most likely to satisfy your particular values and needs. A career counsellor will use a number of techniques to identify what your strengths, interests and values are. Career counsellors will not apply for jobs for you. They will teach you the tools and show you different techniques so you develop lifelong skills to use throughout your working life.

2. What do I ultimately want to get from career counselling?

Each client has their own reasons for seeing a career counsellor. Some go to identify new careers of interest, whilst other people are trying to break into a certain industry and need some guidance on how to do this.

Make sure you think about what you’re basically trying to achieve: are you wanting to make a shift within your current field, or do you want to make a complete change in a totally new direction? Are you looking for a quick fix, like a new job in the next six months, or to create a 5 year plan? Do you need some help creating a work/life balance? Write down some thoughts and review them over a few days to make sure you have a purpose to seeing a career counsellor.

3. How much, where, for how long?

How much are you able or willing to pay a career counsellor? Your job is how you earn income so why not invest in your career as you would a car or holiday. Consider what you prefer if geography isn’t a concern, Career Guidance Australia offers face to face and Skype appointments. The amount of sessions also depends on the goals you have for counselling. Sometimes it may be two or three sessions however other clients may use a career counsellor over a longer period. When you share your goals with your career counsellor they should be able to give an indication on how many sessions may be needed.

4. Can anyone I know recommend a career counsellor?

Career counselling is a very personal exchange, so a recommendation from a friend is a good place to start. However, if you don’t have any recommendations make sure you at least choose a career counsellor who is a member of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA). Members of CDAA have the experience and qualifications required to ensure you are getting the most value from your career counsellor.