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Which career development goals have you set for yourself this year?

10 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know that you are motivated to better yourself personally, and professionally. Career development can come in many forms:

- Conferences
- Trade Shows
- Seminars & workshops
- Reading
- Podcasts
- Online coursework
- Finding a mentor

Discuss with the interviewer how you plan to develop yourself professionally this year and be sure to tie it into how this goal will benefit their company, should they choose to hire you.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"This year I have set the goal to read one new book per month, all related to leadership, goal setting, maximizing efficiency and other business-related topics. I am just a few months in and can already see how this infusion of knowledge is boosting my work performance."

Admin
Answer example

"The professional goal that I set for myself recently was to find a mentor to assist me in my career. Being newer to my professional career, I felt it was important to consult and meet with someone more seasoned than I. This move to have a mentor can only benefit me and, down the road, I hope to return the favor to someone else who needs a mentor."

Manager
Answer example

"This year I have put requests in to attend a few seminars and workshops on effective leadership and coaching. I want to be able to help my team reach their goals while also feeling fulfilled and happy in their careers. Happy employees always perform better. I look forward to taking what I have learned so far, and applying the concepts to this management role with your company."

Marketing
Answer example

"The career development goal that I have set for myself this year is to learn Python. I believe this programming language will be more widely used in the next few years and I want to know everything that I can about how to help my clients with better code."

Retail
Answer example

"Setting career goals is fundamental. This year I set the goal to be promoted to Assistant Manager. I achieved this goal just two months into the year! Now, I have set my sights on a retail management position. This career goal is what drove my application to your company."

Sales
Answer example

"This year I have set the goal to be promoted to a territory sales manager. Currently I perform many of the tasks; however, I do not have the territory management title. I have been applying to companies that I believe will allow me to grow in my career."

Teacher
Answer example

"I have set the goal this year, as I do every year, to ensure that each student passes my classes and leaves with a complete understanding of the work. I want to set all of my students up for ultimate success. In return, I become a better educator. Win, win!"

Business Analyst
Answer example

"This year I have put requests to attend a few seminars and workshops on effective leadership and one on macroeconomics. I want to be able to help my team and clients reach their goals while also feeling fulfilled and happy. I look forward to taking what I have learned so far, and applying the concepts to this BA lead role with your company."

Optometry School
Answer example

"I agree that self-development is crucial for continual growth and achievement. I am committed to investing in myself and some of the ways I do this is by attending personal development workshops, and meeting with my mentor once per month."

Anesthesiologist
Answer example

"I agree that self-development is crucial for continued growth and achievement. I am committed to investing in myself, and some of the ways I do this is by attending personal development workshops, and meeting with my mentor once per month."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 08/10/2018
Last modified on: 01/06/2019
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