Career Goals: One Woman's Schedule for Success
Renee Weisman | Excelle
Can you schedule your career? Are there specific achievements you need to achieve in your 20s/30s/40s/50s to accomplish your dreams? Yes and no.
After 40 years in business and industry, I accomplished most of what I set out to do in my first and second careers and am now living a new phase as an author and business consultant. The goals I set in my 20s were drastically different from the ones I had in my 40s and are certainly different from where I am today. But if I hadn’t set goals, I am sure I would be looking back with much less satisfaction. More importantly, I am still looking ahead.
When I graduated college at 21, my goal was to become a research scientist, Marie Curie-like. I had visions of working in a laboratory and accomplishing great scientific breakthroughs. So I went into pure research and found it to be enormously BORING for me!
I knew I needed to rethink my priorities and switched gears completely. I became a teacher and chemistry professor, got married, had two children, and went back to school to get an advanced degree as well as teaching certification. I wasn’t sure where I was going next but during these years I had three goals:
1. Stay technically current (hence the degree and university teaching)
2. Enjoy my family (so I worked part-time and juggled my life )
3. Explore as many areas as I could (so I taught different classes every year from “solar energy” to “the universe” to instrumental and analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry).