What are your short term and long term goals?

In this post, you will read about 5 rules that will help you understand what are your short term and long term goals. To succeed and move up the ladder quickly, you first need to know your career goals and objectives. The rest will flow in tandem. You can make use of the 5 rules as a guide to help you climb the ladder of success and achieve your dreams.

Aditya Sharma Co-Founder HiCounselor, Ex-Deloitte, PwC Tech Consultant

So, you have joined the company of your dreams and feel that you are settled. Everything is running smoothly in life. Well, for the time being, things do seem excellent and rosy. However, you never can predict the market condition and what situation you might end up 5 years down the line. Hence, you must have a few short term goals for yourself. This way, you can keep track of your progress and how well you are doing in your career. At the same time, it does not mean that just because you are not getting promoted or receiving a hefty appraisal like your team members, you are not progressing. You are, but in a different path altogether. We can help you reverse it and make you climb that ladder of success. 

So, what are your short term and long term goals? The first thing you need to know is the intention of this question. Are you planning to work in the same company for at least 5 years? Does the company provide you with ample career opportunities that align with your future goals?

  1. Strategize your answers

    If you are planning to quit in a year or two, then make sure not to mention it during the interview. That is because a company will hire people who will stay with them for a few years. That is because they invest in you initially for hiring, training, and offer employee benefits. 

  2. Identify the hierarchy of job role you want to apply.

    The hierarchy of your job role in a few years has to be identified. For example, if you are working as a business analyst, then you can see yourself in 3-5 years as a senior business analyst. Likewise, after 2-4 years, a project manager, then senior project manager, and eventually the director of the company. 

  3. You need to know your short term goals.

    The short term goals are plans for around 5 years. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? For short term goals interview, an ideal example would be, I want to learn all about my field from my team and seniors. In the next few years, I see myself as a senior business analyst, and for 5 years, I want to become a project manager overseeing the main projects. 

  4. Have an understanding of your long term goals

    Your long term goals are based on 8-10 years. You need to be ambitious and passionate about your job and what you do to succeed. Perhaps, a long term goal example would be you could answer it in this way. I want to be a senior project manager or project director. I want to contribute to the growth of the firm and handle various projects. 

  5. Practice, practice, and practice

    You need to practice your answers and have a new one for each job position. You do not want to repeat the same often. A short term goal example is, I want to be part of a growing team that can meet targets and enables the company to meets its yearly goals.