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Job Readiness

Classes:
Introduction > Take the Test > Employability Skills > Important Work Vocabulary Words > Job Search Techniques > Once You Are Hired


What Interests You? > What Are Your Goals? > What Do You Want and What Can You Give? > What I Want and Need in a Job

What Are Your Goals? Goals Checklist

This list will help you think about some of the things you want in life. Each thing you want then becomes a goal. Once you know what you want, you can create a plan for how to get what you want.

Do you want to...?

Get training for some kind of work, improve yourself in some way, learn a new skill like cooking or tuning an engine, learn another language. If so, you may want to focus on education. Some ways to do this would be to get your GED, go to college or junior college, enroll in a technical or business school, or take classes at the local community center.

Do you want to...?

See new places, meet people from other places, try new and different foods, learn about customs that are different from yours. If so, you may want to focus on travel and learning about new cultures. Some ways to do this would be to take a tour, travel to new places, find a job that includes travel, visit an art exhibit/movie/restaurant about another culture, or take language/cooking/art classes about different cultures.

Do you want to...?

Get a job, learn new work skills, win promotions on the job, be known as a good worker. If so, you may want to focus on career. Some ways to do this would be to find a job or change jobs, learn new jobs skills (either at your current job or by taking classes), work with a job counselor or your boss to identify your career goals and work toward them, or take on new projects at work and apply for a raise or promotion.

Do you want to...?

Own your own home or car; buy nice clothes, furniture or electronic equipment; save for school, retirement or a vacation. If so, you may want to focus on finances. Some ways to do this would be to start saving money, get a job or work toward a promotion or raise, talk to a financial advisor about creating a budget and investing your money, and looking at ways to increase your income. Visit the MTSTCIL course on Managing Your Money for more ideas.

Do you want to...?

Get married, raise children, buy a home, spend most of your free time with your family. If so, you may want to focus on building/improving family relations. Some ways to do this include becoming more involved with other family members (attending important events in their lives, learning about their hobbies and making time for them); rearranging your work schedule to spend more time with family; working out family problems through talking or counseling; committing to loved ones and partners and starting a family; and planning family outings and vacations.

Do you want to...?

Make new friends; join clubs, teams, or other groups; go to lots of parties, movies, shows and concerts. If so, you may want to focus on social life. Some ways to do this include joining new clubs and organizations, taking classes and attending events where you can meet new people, planning events where people can meet (picnics, movie outings, etc.), and making time for your existing friends and family and letting them know you want to build your social life.

Do you want to...?

Help improve your community; help out at hospitals, nursing homes, daycare centers, and schools; raise money for good causes; become involved in politics and policy making. If so, you may want to focus on charity and good deeds. Some ways to do this include volunteering at the local library, school, hospital, etc.; donating money, goods, or time to charities; helping raise money for local charities or politicians; and registering to vote and teaching others about activism.

Next: What Do You Want and What Can You Give? Working Conditions and Work Experience Checklist.


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