What are the various roles and responsibilities that I have had in my career?
What are the things I do best?
What technical strengths do I have in my current position?
What aspects of my current position do I like most or least?
Based on my present capabilities and desires, do I want to further my career?
What is the nature of the assignment that I would like to have in the future? (This refers to general responsibilities, not job titles).
What sort of responsibilities and challenges do I expect from a new position?
Do I have the time and energy to pursue such a career path?
How hard am I willing to work physically and mentally?
What in my past career experiences would I like to take with me into the future, or leave behind me?
What things about my proposed career increase my enthusiasm?
What do I need to learn?
What should I stop doing now and what should I start doing?
Is the organization flexible enough so that I may have various job assignments?
Will the organization support me in my career path development?
What developmental assignments are most important to achieve the objectives of my career plan?
What internal and external resources are available to aid my growth?
Am I patient enough to take time to learn the duties and responsibilities of the position?
Have I extracted all that I possibly can from this position in order for it to be a profitable stepping stone in my career development?
Am I realistic in the time frames that I have identified to develop my career?
During goal exploration, you should try to analyze past work experiences and identify what factors contributed to job satisfaction and success (and dissatisfaction and failure).