How to Set Short and Long Term Career Goals
In Chapter 9 of 18, University of Michigan graduate Jen Duberstein, now legal counsel at Major League Soccer, accepts an entry-level sports media job and learns importance of setting 5-year, 10-year, and 25-year goals from mentor Dr. Harvey Schiller, ex-president of TBS Sports. The goals provide a path to pursue and revise, helping Duberstein avoid blindly searching for answers in world without goals. Duberstein finds this one of the top two lessons learned to date in her career.
Male: What is your approach to setting goals? Female: My approach to setting goals comes from a lesson I learned from the president of the company I worked for, first out of college. I worked for Dr. Harvey Schiller. And he made a point every month with all the new employees to sit down and kind of give them advice on what he expected. He is in the military so he’s always very intimidating to other individuals but I loved working for him. And I still keep in touch with him today. But he gave the advice that you should always set five-year or 10-year and 25-year career goal and do everything to get to the next step. You can revise your goals. You can change your mind but when you have a plan, there is something to reach for. That probably was the most valuable lesson I learned in my first job by far and probably one of the top two so far in my career because it gives you a path. And without a path, you're just kind of blindly looking for something.