What is a career goal statement?

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What is a career goal statement?

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A career goal statement is a brief written personal statement that describes both what your major career goals are as well as a concise outline of how you plan to achieve those goals. Some examples of information you may include in your career goal statement are the position you would like to achieve, the education and/or certifications that you will need to qualify for that position, the experience you need to reach your goal, and a time frame for each step. There are several reasons why one may write a career goal statement. Some undertake this task to aid in the process of personal career discovery and planning, while others write this statement as a part of a graduate school application requirement. The length and depth of your statement will depend on whether you are are writing the statement for personal reasons or as a requirement. If you are writing your statement for yourself, feel free to get creative and make your statement as detailed or direct as possible. If you are submitting your statement to a graduate program, your application will likely give you certain information to include in your statement.

For more information about career goals, check out this article: Establishing a Career Plan.

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