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Written by Christine Hovsepian
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Aspirations are ambitious high level aims or desires for your life & career that can take many months, years, or even decades. to accomplish. They represent a vision of the future that an individual or organization wants to achieve.

These goals may include the type of job you want to work in, the level of responsibility you want to achieve, the skills you want to develop, or the impact you want to make in your chosen field. Career aspirations can help focus your efforts on the steps you need to take to achieve your desired career outcomes.

Some common examples of career aspirations include:

  1. Advancing to a leadership position: This may involve working toward becoming a manager, director, or executive in their organization.

  2. Building a specific skill set: This may involve pursuing additional education or training to become an expert in a particular area, such as data analysis, marketing, or project management.

  3. Achieving work-life balance: This may involve finding a career that allows an individual to balance their professional and personal life, such as flexible working arrangements or remote work.

It's important to note that career aspirations can change over time as an individual gains new experiences, skills, and perspectives. It's also important to set both short-term and long-term goals to achieve career aspirations and continually reassess and adjust goals as necessary to ensure they align with an individual's values and priorities.

While aspirations and OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) are both related to goal setting, they are different concepts. By setting and achieving OKRs, individuals or organizations can make progress toward their aspirations.

Using Confirm, you can create, update and keep track of your own Aspirations.

To start, head to the Aspirations tab in your profile, and click Add aspiration at the top right.

Enter in details including:

  • Aspiration name

  • Skills, behaviors or credentials that will help achieve the aspiration

  • Add names of who at your organization can support you (your manager, direct reports etc.)

  • Add in details about your aspiration (optional). This information can help provide context to your manager, and aid in ongoing conversations.

Visibility: by default, your aspirations are visible to others in your organization. You can update visibility to only include your manager and above by clicking on the lock icon.

Once your aspiration has been created, you can add specific, measurable, actionable & achievable, relevant & realistic and timely (SMART) goals with target dates.

These goals and target dates can be filled out with your manager during a 1:1 or career development conversation. As you have development conversations with your manager, keep track of them by updating the date in the Aspirations module.

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