Make Your Goal-Setting Plan

Once you write down your long-term goals (pdf), think about how you can achieve them.

Come up with specific actions for each goal. These actions are your career plan.

Example of a Career Plan
My long-term career goal: To be a lead chef.
My short-term actions to
support this goal

I will learn more.

  • I will talk with three people working as chefs within one month.
  • I will get an entry-level job in a restaurant kitchen within six months.

I will practice skills.

  • I will read cookbooks every week from the library.
  • I will practice making at least one new recipe every week at home.

I will get experience.

  • I will ask my restaurant boss to teach me how to make at least one recipe within three months.

I will gain training.

  • I will earn my culinary arts degree within three years.

Use the Career Plan Worksheet (pdf) to track your career goals and the actions to support them. You can add your personal goals to this worksheet, too.

You can create your own Goal Setting Plan using the New York CareerZone. Use these instructions (pdf) to access that activity.

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