Careers

Setting Career Goals

One of most important skills for managing a successful career is goal setting. By developing your Flying Start NHS portfolio, you will be continually reviewing your strengths and needs and setting goals regarding the areas of clinical practice you want to develop further.

Your Career Goals

One of most important skills for managing a successful career is goal setting. Whilst your Personal Development Plan will focus on a period of one year, it is also useful to have some longer term goals around your career, in your portfolio. There are frameworks which can help you set effective goals, below are two examples to try.

Firstly, Lawton & Wimpenny (2003 pg 43) offer the following advice regarding setting goals:

W Workable - rooted in the complexities of the workplace
I Intelligent - thoughtful and alert to a wide range of ideas and factors
S Situated - in the network of relationships in the organisation
E Experimental - ready to risks, try out new ways and formulate new aims

O Open - responsive to a wide range of ideas and influences
P Participative - emphasising inclusivity and shared learning
E Experiential - seeing learning as rooted in reflection on experience
N New knowledge - creating new knowledge rather than managing what is known

Another acronym which is often used in goal setting is:

S Specific
M Measureable
A Achievable
R Relevant
T Time framed

Using your preferred framework for goal setting, make an entry in your portfolio which illustrates your career goals for the next 2-5 years. Discuss with your mentor and/or NHS KSF reviewer your aspirations and strategies for achieving your goals.