I hope all is well with you. I have returned to share additional tips they may benefit you. My last blog entry consisted of how to establish sound goals and how to revise weak goals (to read this blog entry, click here). According to Seligman (2009), each goal should meet the eight criteria I had mentioned in the previous blog entry. Here’s a visual flow on how you can write out your short-term and long-term goals (Seligman, 2009):
Initial short-term goals:
During my clinical practicum training, I had a client who was attempting to create short-term and long-term goals for planning his college experience. While having a few sessions with him, I had decided to create a handout that could not only aid him but other college students:
PLANNING FOR COLLEGE
- Achieve the required course hours needed to establish the career you have chosen.
- Sustain reasonable grades and the required amount of hours needed to keep financial aid.
- Take SAT or whatever state requirement is needed.
- Have high school diploma, GED, or take a test through the college to take remedial classes.
- Choose what major that will help you to obtain the career you desire to achieve.
- Look for colleges within or outside your area.
- Speak to a career counselor or another school representative that can assist you in your career goal.
- Financial aid (is it needed)?
- Look into scholarships and grants (ex: businesses; “big corporations;” church/organizations that you are affiliated with; programs; ask library for books on different scholarships and grants; call council member, mayor, and senator to see if they have scholarships and grants).
- Note: Some scholarships and grants are only eligible for USA citizens
- Plan a visit/tour to the college and obtain the required needs to get into that college.
- Sign the documents, forms, etc. that is needed to sign up for classes.
If you are unsure of what major or career you desire to pursue:
- Take an online assessment at Explore Careers > Self Assessments
- Browse through various occupations
- Shadowing a person that is already in a career you are interested in. “Shadowing” is following the person around while they are working.
- Go to the library to review various careers by book
- Go to a career expo or seminar
Reviewing this handout allows you and myself to revisit the subject of establishing short-term and long-term goals. Even the short-term goals could be narrowed down to a similar example that I see in my textbook:
Initial short-term goal: I will review any information my school has given to me about the SAT test within three days. I will search for information of the SAT test by browsing the web for an hour. I will sign up to take the SAT test within a month.
Long-term goal: Take SAT or whatever state requirement is needed.
There are also additional things to consider like when to actually study for the SAT test. During junior year? During senior year? And then one should consider if they would need a how-to prepare for SAT information (i.e. book, presentation, YouTube, etc.).
Another way to break down goals is as follows by asking how would you like for your life to look within the time increments (Therapist Aid LLC, 2018):
- My 5-year goal
- My 1-year goal
- My 1-month goal
With this goal exploration, Therapist Aid also advises to make goals that are measurable. The example that was given was to not just say “get healthy” but to say “exercise five days a week and and eating vegetables with every meal” (Therapist Aid LLC, 2018). Therapist Aid also state to choose goals that are within your control (2018). I really like the example Therapist Aid gave: “get a promotion at work” (2018). To revise this goal, Therapist Aid suggest to take courses to improve professional skills (2018). I would also say to have the goal of going out of the way of providing additional aid with clients, consumers, etc. that are associated with the job. The reason is that I have experienced clients, consumers, etc. share their positive experience with the employer and, because of hearing a lot of positive feedback, the employee is either seen as a positive employee or even promoted.
Each goal is to be reviewed throughout several frames of life: social, career, physical, family, leisure, personality, and other (Therapist Aid, 2018). This list reminded me of the values I had mentioned in past blog entries that are associated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). To see this extended list, click here and scroll down to the list.
I hope these tips are helpful in some way. Please feel free to comment in the section below. If you rather email me your thoughts, you can find my email address in the About section above or click here.
Seligman, L. (2009). Fundamental skills for mental health professionals. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Education.
Therapist Aid LLC (2018). Goal Exploration. Retrieved from therapistaid.com.