You now know just how important it is to set goals. They not only help you achieve your dreams, they show potential jobs or grad schools you mean business. But when it comes to formulating that perfect goal, what should it look like? What makes a goal a good one you’ll live by versus a bad one you’ll throw away in a few weeks? Make it a goal for your next goal to follow these tips:
When did the concept of setting goals become so complicated? At their core, goals are easy to understand. They’re defined as “the end toward which effort is directed.” Put into practice, they’re the answer to pressing questions like, “what do you want to get out of life?” and “what do you want to achieve professionally?” But you probably already know this. What’s holding you back from setting goals isn’t not knowing what goals are, it’s not knowing why you should kick that goal setting process into high gear.
It’s bound to happen. You finish your undergraduate degree and you're ready to take on the real world. You start building out your new adult life: you embark on a career path, form new relationships, and move to a new city. But then all of the sudden a quarter life crisis hits you like a freight train. It leaves you anxious, stressed, and wondering what you want your life to actually look like. Are you on the right path? Here’s how to weather the inevitable quarter life crisis:
Sarabeth Dobbs recently started one of the greatest balancing acts known to working professionals: being both a part-time student and a full-time employee. Product Manager at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) by day, part-time online MBA student at William and Mary by night, Sarabeth’s busy days are meticulously scheduled. Seven weeks into her balancing act, Sarabeth shares why she ultimately chose an online program and how it differs from a traditional business school experience.
If an employer asked you to describe your skills, what would you say? Your brain likely jumps to all the hard skills you’ve picked up along the way. Maybe you are a coding wizard or just added another degree under your belt. But what about your soft skills? That’s what employers really care about. In fact, 57% of business leaders think soft skills are the most important skills. Here’s how to identify and show off your own soft skills so the next time an employer asks, you know how to answer:
It’s inevitable, someone is going to ask you to describe a time you failed. Whether the question is on a graduate school essay or in an interview to land a job, you’re going to have to talk about failing. And there’s no getting around the fact that answering this question can feel cringeworthy. But knowing how to talk about your failure is critical in showcasing just how mature and genuine you really are. Here’s how to pull off a well-thought-out answer when the inevitable happens:
We’ve heard the same success stories over and over again. They always involve the same storyline: a person had a goal, worked really hard, and achieved that goal. Whether our parents or our favorite celebs tell these stories, they’re meant to inspire us to work towards our own success.
But where are the stories about people who worked hard and then failed? Failure stories are just as important as success stories in defining who we are and how we approach work and life. Read, watch, and attend your way through the following list to learn from overlooked stories all about failure:
Call me naive, overly self-confident, or maybe both, but I always assumed I would be successful by now. I thought I would be mid-level by now in international development, making a decent salary, feeling fulfilled by my job and its impact on the world, living a life of comfortable leisure. That’s what I thought 28 would look like. Instead, I’m getting my Master’s in a completely different career field, going into debt, and preparing myself to start in a near entry-level position come graduation.
Dave Costello, Founder of Scoots and recent Kellogg MBA grad, didn’t start business school knowing he would create the first plant-based footwear brand, Scoots. But inspiration struck soon after starting business school, and Dave quickly grew Scoots from an idea to a tangible product with $50,000 in presales. Learn how he came up with the idea and how his MBA helped him on his entrepreneurial path:
Realizing that you don’t like your job is one of the worst feelings in the world. After all, your job is a HUGE part of your life. And you know in an ideal world you should feel fulfilled at work while simultaneously making decent money and growing professionally. Acknowledging that this isn’t the case for you is terrible. So what should you do about it? It’s time to make a plan to break your unfortunate status quo.