Extending Your Career

Goal Planning

What must you consider to extend your career?

We each have career aspirations and related goals to achieve and the means to do so. It does, however, take focus, effort and time.

Commit to what you want to do next and how you want to do it, making sure your plan and goals are clear, whilst remembering and noting that both can be adjusted as circumstances and priorities change.

This section provides you with templates to help you address the gaps identified in the Your Career Now section and the goals you plan to achieve in the Next Stage in Your Career section.

In this section:

Setting and tracking goals

Use the Career Aspirations and Priorities template you completed in the previous section. If you have not already done so, spend some time considering it to identify what to prioritise in your career right now to achieve your goals.

Setting goals

Committing priorities to Goals in writing is useful for many reasons not the least of which is enabling you to track and celebrate your progress. The Setting Goals template provides an approach to this.

Setting Goals template

A guide and worksheet to help you set SMARTER Goals.

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Keep track of your goals

The Career Planning template has the potential to be a comprehensive and dynamic document. One that you review, update and acknowledge your progress with.

The Career Planning template

Use this template to help you plan the steps required to achieve your yearly career goals.

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Facilitating a career conversation

All UNSW employees and managers participate in career conversations to enhance and review performance.

Preparing for your career conversation

How do you discuss your proposed Career Plan with your supervisor, manager or relevant colleague?

The Conversation Planner assists you to prepare for such a conversation or check out UNSW myCareer for further information on Career Conversations.

Additional resources:

  • UNSW myCareer

    myCareer provides guidance and structure for employees and conversation leaders to discuss role expectations, careers, goals, development options and performance feedback.

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Revisiting your goals

Now that you have a plan, what will you do with it? Leave it to gather dust or will it be dog-eared and annotated within a couple of months? Sometimes, it is difficult to get started and other times it’s a case of revisiting those priorities and re-writing your goals.

Additional resources:

  • The Ti-Mandi window: a time-management tool for managers

    This is a short article about how to sort out what is important and what is urgent to do.

    Read article