That Final Year Feeling: How To Reach Your Career Goals

7 October, 2014

That Final Year Feeling: How To Reach Your Career Goals

7 October, 2014
Graduate Jobs, Internship, Instant Impact
Our Brand Ambassador for Exeter University, Sam Middlemiss, gives us a fresh approach on how to handle that 'oh my god I have to enter the real world soon' feeling, and some constructive pointers on how to approach your goals and ambitions!


For many of us, the time has finally come, the time we have put to the back of our minds, year after year, this is actually it, our final year. Fresher’s year is a distant and tear jerking memory, now we must contemplate taking that daunting step into the ‘real world’.

As a young boy my perception of the ‘real world’ was vastly different to what I now understand. One week I wanted to be an astronaut the next I would want to be a red arrow and at this age in my mind, these aspirations were something you could do overnight.

Although my dreams may remain the same in the back of my head, the ‘real world’ is just around the corner, which has led to the sudden awareness of ‘realistic’ life plans.  Not to say of course, that you shouldn't pursue lasting childhood ambitions.

Nevertheless to reach your goal, you have to be smart about how you approach it. While reading a webpage, containing ‘great motivational stories’ I came along a blog titled “SMART Goals” which suggests using the following points to make you aspirations achievable:


S--Specific. For example, "I want to lose weight." This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when you pin yourself down to "I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days."


M--Must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.


A--Must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.


R--Realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.


T--Time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.


This framework can be made personal to you in anything from day to day goals, to long term career plans. Using SMART goals can help in the difficult and competitive road to success.

Success however, is a highly disputed and varying term; Success can mean different things from person to another. What does success mean to you?

Many people believe success is a measure of how much money you earn – which of course is fine, but what if money was no object? What would success be then?  This question is posed in the always inspiring video, narrated by Alan Watts. Below is the link to the YouTube Video which is definitely worth the watch.

When setting your personal life goals make sure you strive for something that really full fills you and in turn you can become a master of it. The money will then follow. Find something that’s really suited to you and then you will find the road to success a lot more natural.

Instant Impact could be part of that stepping stone to your success!


This guest blog was written by Sam Middlemiss. Sam is an Instant Impact Brand Ambassador for the University of Exeter and has a crazed passion for sky diving.

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