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SMART goals

The SMART technique is a useful way to help you construct clearly defined goals as part of a personal development plan.

SMART stands for:

  • Specific – what’s the specific thing you want to achieve?
  • Measurable – how will you measure your progress and achievement of the goal?
  • Achievable – is your goal realistic?
  • Relevant – why is this goal relevant or important to you?
  • Time-bound – when will you achieve your goal by?

There are various templates you can use to help construct your PDP – a simple online search can uncover a range of options. However, you can create your own template, using the SMART structure as a guide.

Crucially, any goals that you do set must include how you will achieve it. What are the steps and/or strategies you will follow to achieve your goal? Your goal may include several sub-goals or milestones to help you clearly define your plan.

Your task

Reflecting on this course, think about one goal you want to set yourself. Use the SMART technique to help you think about what you want to achieve, how you will achieve it and when.

Record this in your learning log and share a summary in the comments.

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International Career Development: Pursuing A Career Abroad

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