Americans’ Top 3 Career Goals — And How You Can Achieve Them

The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A new survey reveals the 3 most common career objectives. What are yours?

The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.

Given the extent to which your career monopolizes your waking hours, it pays to make the most of it. For some of us, that means doing something fulfilling. For others, it means continuously climbing the ranks. And for you, it might be a combination of the two.

But if you’re curious to know what other workers are striving for, Credit Loan recently conducted a survey in which it asked workers to list their most pressing career objectives. These were the three most common ones among men and women alike:

1. Work from home
2. Get a raise
3. Improve job skills

Clearly, these are some pretty desirable goals, so if they happen to also have a place on your list, here’s how to make them happen.

1. Working from home
Working from home offers a number of benefits — namely, getting more flexibility in your schedule and saving money on commuting. Many managers, however, hesitate to let employees work from home because they fear that in doing so, they’ll struggle on the communication front and see a decline in productivity.

If you want your boss to agree to let you work from home, show that you’re worthy of that privilege. Establish a strong pattern of working independently and meeting deadlines, all the while making sure to communicate regularly with your team. You might also ask your manager to allow you to do your job from home on a part-time or trial basis initially with the understanding that if things don’t work out, you’ll revert to your old arrangement. This will put less pressure on your boss while giving you a chance to prove that you can perform well in a telecommuting setting.

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