Have you set career goals? If not, you should! Goals give you something to work toward and keep you motivated in your career—and this is especially important as an actuarial professional. Yours is a promising career path with lots of opportunity, high employee demand and the possibility to earn a high salary.

The advantages of career goals

So how can goal setting help your career? Consider all of the following:

  • Gain clarity. Sometimes, the future can seem daunting when you’re not sure what you want. When you think ahead, figure out your dreams and set goals, it helps you prioritize your day-to-day activities.
  • Simplify your decisions. Goals make your choices easier. So when opportunities present themselves, or you’re faced with choices for what to do next, goals make your decisions much easier. You must simply ask yourself, “Will this help me get closer to my goal?” If the answer is yes, you’ll know what to do next.
  • Discover new-found energy. When you have something to work towards, it gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning! Your work takes on a whole new meaning and purpose. This can be energizing and very motivating.
  • Accomplish more. Crossing a goal off your to-do list is very encouraging. This will make you want to set more goals and keep achieving. Who knows what you can do once you set your mind to it?

Setting goals—best practices

Just like anything else, you can take steps to make your goal setting easier and more efficient. Start by thinking about what you’d like from your career in various time frames—for example, six months, one year and five years. Then, break these accomplishments down into smaller steps (the smaller, the better) and set deadlines for when you will reach them. Then, make a list of what you’ll need to do to finish each step.

Is a new actuarial position on your to-do list?

If you’re thinking about trying something different in your field, contact McGrath Systems. We specialize in placements for actuarial professionals and will work with you to understand your goals—and help you find a new actuarial job you love! To learn more, contact us today!


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