Career Goals for your 30s: Part 2

Personal development never really stops – but there are certain things you should really have achieved by a certain age, otherwise you’ll come up against barriers later in your life. In this series, we’re going to be exploring a few of the checkboxes you should be ticking in each decade of your professional life, and we’ll look at what you need to do in order to cross them off your to-do list.

In general, we’re told that by the time we’re 30, we should have figured most things out. Whether it’s your relationship, finances, or career, it can be demotivating when you hit thirty and things haven’t quite gone according to plan. The idea that everything should be sorted by the time you leave your twenties is simply wrong. Your 30s are a great time to make positive changes to your life, regardless of where you’ve been and where you’re going. You’ll typically have around 35 more years of work to do, so this phase of your life is all about making sure those years are as happy as possible. Here are a few things that should help:

Learn Yourself

One of the most important things you can do in your 30s is learning to feel comfortable in your own skin. Beyond the usual platitudes – applauding yourself every morning, and learning to love yourself, flaws and all – there are a few tangible things you can action over the coming decade. You can start to reduce the time you spend with people who don’t make you feel good. You can start a daily gratitude journal. You can take yourself off social media if you find that comparing yourself to other people’s successes is negatively affecting your productivity. Putting the effort into these self-esteem boosting developments ought to increase your happiness going forward.

But happiness doesn’t look the same to everybody. Nor does success. Stephen Covey, the author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” suggests writing a personal mission statement in order to identify what your priorities are. This sounds trickier than it is – you just need to ask yourself two questions, and set aside the time to give them a good, long think. What do you want to be? What do you want to do? If you can get to the bottom of these questions, you’ll be able to create a blueprint for your ideal character and achievements. There are plenty of guides inspired by Covey’s bestseller online, so if you get stuck, go hunting for tutorials.

Hopefully, this process will illuminate a few life dreams for you. Whether you dream of getting married, having kids, or going on a really (really) nice holiday, your third decade is a peak time for achieving those goals. Everybody’s vision of success is different, but one quality remains the same across the board – you have to work at it, or nothing’s going to happen. What can you do in the next 365 days to get yourself closer to your life dream? If it’s saving money, start building your nest egg. If it’s getting a promotion, start cranking up your engagement in the office. If it’s pursuing work you’re actually passionate about, have a chat with us about the best way to change your career. 

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