Undeniably, the pandemic has upended many people’s plans of building a successful career. In fact, it has potentially derailed the occupations and career trajectories of numerous professionals across different industries. However, times have changed as the world is gradually recovering from the crisis. Now, you have an opportunity to set your career goals again and […]
Undeniably, the pandemic has upended many people’s plans of building a successful career. In fact, it has potentially derailed the occupations and career trajectories of numerous professionals across different industries.
However, times have changed as the world is gradually recovering from the crisis. Now, you have an opportunity to set your career goals again and emerge with a better and sharper focus to achieve success amidst a new environment.
That is to say; you need a new approach towards career goals in 2021. While the current crisis hasn’t changed the career planning process much, it requires professionals to become more proactive and intentional about accomplishing their goals.
If you’re setting new career goals, try including these tips to shape a path forward.
Tips to Set Post-Pandemic Career Goals
Reassess Your Priorities
The first step to map out your career path is self-reflection. However, the only difference it has now is you need to think about how this pandemic has impacted your professional and personal priorities and prospects. You need to take out some time and consider if you have to shift your priorities due to a pandemic. Think about whether you need to realign your goals.
Before you plan out your career goals, you must have a clear understanding of your strength and weakness and what you want from life.
The tip might sound bizarre to you, but it plays a vital role in helping you make effective decisions about your career. You must have an idea of how the pandemic has affected nearly every industry in some way. That means your career or role no longer has the same security as it did before.
That is why experts recommend assessing or evaluating industry changes and noticing shifts within the organization. You need to keep an eye on the signs that show your role is at risk.
Divide Goals into Steps
Breaking goals into practical and manageable steps is an excellent way to simplify things. But it has become even more crucial during this lingering uncertainty and recovery time.
There is nothing wrong with having 20-plus year plans or visions and dreams to make a successful career unless you have a backup. It is better to make shorter goals considering the current scenario.
Keep your long-term objectives and aspirations but walk backward and consider the steps you should take in the next few years to get closer to your goals. Don’t forget to align your goals with your priorities and your organization’s values. See how your role will evolve in the near future.
Improve Emotional Intelligence
Let‘s admit; the pandemic has taken a toll on people’s mental, physical, and emotional health. This has dramatically increased the significance of emotional intelligence. That means if you wish to take a leap in your career, enhancing flexibility and empathy is pivotal.
In conclusion, the pandemic‘s effects are inevitable and have changed many things in the professional world. You must have pro technical skills, along with emotional intelligence, to be successful. But before that, setting post-pandemic goals is a must to make a mark in the future.
Article written by: Orville Lynch, Jr.
Mr. Lynch, a member of the legendary two-time Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Award winning Lynch Family.
Mr. Lynch is a nationally recognized urban media executive with over 20+ years of diversity recruitment and serial entrepreneur with numerous multi-million dollar exits.