Career expectations

It’s important to be able to identify the expectations and goals you have for your career to help you prepare for your future. This page will help you identify the expectations you have of yourself and manage the expectations others have of you.

Managing your personal expectations

To manage the expectations you have of yourself when it comes to your career, you will need to think about what you hope to accomplish and, when possible, identify timelines. This will give you a sense of the direction you’re heading in and will make it easier for you to make necessary adjustments along the way.

Setting attainable goals

As you think through your personal expectations, consider making short‑term and long‑term goals. By making lists of things you would like to accomplish, you will be able to get a better sense of the expectations you have of yourself and track your progress along the way.

As you set your goals, consider the resources required to accomplish these goals. By setting realistic goals, you will set yourself up for success. You can also factor in research about the job outlook in your field.

Using your influence group

Your influence group is made up of people in your life whom you can ask for advice to help you make decisions, and who will support you on your career journey. This group doesn’t necessarily make the decisions for you, but their input, perspective and support can help you make well-informed decisions about your career and propel you to a successful career.

Your influence group can consist of parents, teachers, coaches, school counsellors, older siblings, other family members, or people you know that work in the particular field you’re interested in.

Learning from their experience

The people in your influence group have likely been in situations that are similar to what you’re going through now. Asking for their advice may provide you with some helpful insight on how they chose their career path.

Managing expectations of others

When discussing your career plan with members of your influence group, you may encounter strong opinions about which career path you should take, and how you should go about it. It’s important to remember that the expectations others have for you are rooted in the fact that they care about you and believe in you. Try to look at their expectations as encouragement. Use it to channel your momentum and push you toward accomplishing your goals.

Making a decision that’s right for you

Just remember—the final decision is yours. Your influence group can provide a different perspective or unique advice, but when it comes to your future, you are the one who has to live with the decisions of your career plan. As you weigh their advice and factor their opinions into your decision‑making process, make sure the decisions you make are right for you.

Modifying your plans

Having a long-term vision for your career will help keep you on track to achieve your career goals, but if and when your goals change, your plan should be flexible enough to accommodate changes.

It’s important to remember that careers are built over time, so it’s okay to make adjustments along the way. Although changes and modifications can add time to your career journey, diverse work experience and learning can be invaluable when you think about how the experience and skills you learned can transfer into new job prospects.

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