Setting Goals—Take Time to Refresh!

It's that time of year again. School is back in session, and you may have noticed a slight chill in the evenings or a leaf or two changing colors. As summer winds to a close, it's the perfect time to take stock of where you're at academically and/or professionally. Did you accomplish what you had hoped to during the summer? 

Whether you're a full-time student, have your degree and are taking a few classes here and there, or consider yourself to be a life-long learner, setting goals for the new academic year can be a great way to give yourself a boost to work through things by the end of the year. 

Goal setting

It's important to be realistic when it comes to setting goals for yourself or your practice. If you have an idea of where you want to be, it's tempting to try and change everything all at once. However, experts recommend taking a more measured approach. One great system for setting goals is to follow the SMART criteria. That is, set goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-Bound

If you do this, you'll be able to set personal deadlines and manage your time most effectively. What do you want to accomplish by the end of September? How about by the end of December? 

Getting a student internship

Another hallmark of late summer and early fall, if you’re a student, is the beginning of the internship recruitment cycle. Think about where you want your career to take you, and seek positions that are a fabulous fit! Begin talking with experts in your field – conduct informational interviews and network, network, network.

If you're a student looking to maximize your marketability and land your dream position, make sure to prepare for your interviews. Know about the company's goals and business model, and how the role you're hoping to take on fits in. Make sure to practice your answers to some common interview questions, and see what resources your institution's career center has available to you.

And if you're a professional looking to hire interns, make sure to read our posts on finding an intern and being a mentor

How do you like to ring in the start of a new school year? It’s time to make a fresh start and revisit those goals! Comment below!