Let me tell you a story…
When I was in high school, I had a friend who would pay no attention to learning all because they didn’t have their mind set on anything in particular, other than having fun. This friend went through the 1st year of GCSEs with this mind-set and got the worst grades of his life. He got G grades in subjects such as Geography and shocked everyone who was learning the subject. We didn’t even know that a G grade existed and neither did he! At this point in time, he was given very low target grades for the subjects he was studying and that’s when it hit him…
This person is now studying Dentistry at one of the Top Universities in the UK and he is one of the most dedicated, hardworking people that I know. This person exceeded their target grades hugely and that’s because they set their mind on what they wanted to achieve. He gave himself many goals that he wanted to achieve and he made sure he worked enough to meet and exceed those goals.
He proved that anything can be achieved if you set realistic goals that relate to something that you want really bad.
He aspired to be a dentist and, after realising he was wasting his chances during GCSE’s, knew he had to work hard to achieve his goal. I am glad to say that he met those goals, even when others weren’t as optimistic.
Why am I telling you this? Why should you care about this person? I chose to tell you this story as I thought this would be a good introduction to today blog topic, goals and aspirations. In this blog I’m going to be telling you about my 1, 5 and 10 year goals and aspirations that I have for my life, my job and my career.
By the end of 2015, I would have hoped to have achieved and obtained:
• Motivation for the gym and to gain weight (This will be a hard one!)
• Chelsea FC to win the Barclays Premier League
• All compulsory IBM apprentice and foundation education
• Further understanding in testing and infrastructure
• An industry-standard and well known qualification in Testing and Infrastructure
• My own car, paid for all by myself
• Experience in travelling to places all over Europe and the world (This goal is going well as I’m currently on holiday in Barcelona and plan to go Amsterdam soon)
• Experience in SAP (System Applications Products)
• Job Satisfaction
By the end of 2020, I would have hoped to have achieved and obtained:
• Promotion out of the foundation and apprenticeship scheme
• A reputation for previous work completed
• SAP knowledge in many areas
• Experience of travelling and staying in the city that never sleeps
• Experience in skydiving and mountain climbing
• A chance to work abroad
• My own house (this isn’t realistic but it is something that I would like to work towards)
• Once again… Job Satisfaction – Life can’t be lived without happiness
• The ability to help other apprentices and foundation employees with the experiences that I have obtained
So, I think having goals in 10 years is good but they aren’t really that realistic as anything can happen in 10 years! However, a few goals that I would have hoped to achieved and obtained are:
• My own house (if I haven’t had it by 2020 – hopefully I have)
• A family and a child/children maybe?
• A great salary to provide for my potential family and to those in need
• A great reputation for work that I’ve completed and people I’ve worked for and with as well as being an expert in a field that I enjoy
• A list of reliable contacts and friends all over the world
• Last but not least, job satisfaction!
So in My Life, My Job and My Career… these are my goals and aspirations. As unrealistic as you may think they are, I feel that they are things that motivate me to work and try harder in everything I do. They give me a purpose to wake up every morning and go to work and they’re things that I want to achieve. I hope that the objectives that you set yourself for this and upcoming years are met and you do whatever it takes to achieve them.
If you’ve got any questions or queries, feel free to Tweet Me @AvtarMarway or message me on LinkedIn “Avtar Marway”
Enjoy your year and make the most of it .