Personal and Professional Goal Setting

Learn various tools and techniques to develop a deeper understanding of goal setting. Register now and start anytime.

10 hours

About this short course

Are you aspiring towards a career promotion? Or perhaps you’re simply looking to improve your general health and wellbeing? No matter your circumstances, setting personal and professional goals for yourself can be highly beneficial to many aspects of your life.

Similar to a how-to guide or travel roadmap, taking the time to identify goals can give you an excellent sense of direction for the future. In fact, simply by setting goals for yourself, you greatly improve your likelihood of achieving them. By setting a challenge or a difficult goal, you can also increase your work performance, motivation, and overall productivity.

This course will provide you with the skills and practical knowledge to set your own personal and professional goals. You will learn various tools and techniques to develop a deeper understanding of goal setting, including the benefits of goals setting for career progression. You will also explore the difference between ‘goals’ and ‘objectives’ and master the art of short-term and long-term goal planning using the SMART goal process.

How to get credit for this course:

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a digital Certificate of Completion as well as a credential point to support your further study. This course is one of several courses in our Professional Skills suite. View our full list of courses available within this suite and learn how to accrue your credential points.

Who should do this course?

This course is designed for people seeking to identify and apply their skills, knowledge, and experience to set and advance their personal and professional goals across any setting.

Course Structure

This self-directed course provides 10 hours of quality learning. You will have up to six months to access the materials and complete the course once you register.

On completion you will be able to:

Identify and set your own goals whether they be for home, community, workplace or study.

Explain the value and importance of setting goalstechniques to present yourself to prospective employers.

Describe the difference between setting goals and setting objectives.

Apply tools and techniques for goal-setting, including the SMART goal process

Meet your instructor

Dr Cherie Hawkins

Dr Cherie Hawkins' main area of expertise is in career development and life aspirations, and she is passionate about programs, projects and activities that enable individuals to build their skills and knowledge through experiential learning.

This course has been developed by a team of highly experienced educators, industry experts and skilled professional practitioners including Dr Cherie Hawkins, Dr Ana Lobo, Jennifer Kemp-Smith, Dr Amanda Harper, Associate Professor Andrea Carr, and Netty Gibson. It has been informed by community and industry consultation and draws on contemporary principles and practices.

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