An example of an occupational goal is to earn the license or certification necessary to work as a doctor, financial adviser or other professional, according to CareerOneStop from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Upgrading one's skills or specialization in a given field can require setting additional goals, which should continue throughout a career as few jobs last a lifetime, notes Shelagh Dillon for the Houston Chronicle.
Occupational goals should be based on an assessment of personal skills, accomplishments and aptitude, including a review of one's career, education, volunteer work and other relevant experience, according to CareerOneStop. It is helpful to determine the motivation for a particular goal, the steps necessary to achieve it and the potential drawbacks of not meeting those steps, explains Jared Lewis for the Houston Chronicle.
Goals should be defined by order of priority and updated periodically during the course of a career, recommends Lewis. Changing technology and legislation can require updated training and certification in many fields. Corporate training programs can benefit employees as well as employers by helping workers stay abreast of developments in their field, especially if they decide to seek employment elsewhere or if they are dismissed from a job.