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Perhaps nowhere else is establishing a goal so important as it is in developing your career. One of the frequently mentioned key strategies in managing your career is to "Know where you're going". Having a destination allows you to lay out a series of steps to reach your goal - and to find satisfaction in attaining it.

One technique that will help you set goals, and win support for the steps you need to take, is an Individual Development Plan - a method of systematically planning for training and experience to develop needed skills, knowledge and abilities. The Department of State recognizes the value of this process and encourages employees to make use of it.

Networking is another important technique in setting goals because it provides important information to allow you to make informed decisions and establish realistic objectives. Building strong networking skills is vital to both setting and reaching your goals.

Assessment instruments are also a valuable part of the process of setting goals since they allow us to examine objective information about ourselves - our skills, interests, preferences and values.

The Department of State's Career Development Resource Center offers services and resources to help Civil Service employees and Foreign Service family members explore and evaluate skills, interests, values and preferred work situations, plan career steps and set reachable goals.

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