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# Career vision vs Career goal

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13 Nov 2007, 14:03
How do you guys differentiate a "Career goal" from a "Career vision"?

A career vision is more about the philosophy behind the career goal? So essentially a career vision explains a career goal?
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13 Nov 2007, 14:44
Career vision = long term plotting out of what you think your career arc might encompass. Career goal = more immediate, short term accomplishment on your horizon.
At least that's how I read it...
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13 Nov 2007, 15:58
Career goal = the end point
Career vision = the path taken to reach the end point

I dont know if it makes sense but thats how I interpret it.
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13 Nov 2007, 19:38
Career goal = what want to acheive
Career vision = how will you acheive it or plan
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13 Nov 2007, 21:28
Career vision = what HBS expects you to formulate in terms of a grand formula in an optional essay

Career goal = what the rest of the schools ask you in Essay No 1

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13 Nov 2007, 21:32
saurabh357 wrote:
Career vision = what HBS expects you to formulate in terms of a grand formula in an optional essay

Career goal = what the rest of the schools ask you in Essay No 1

Obviously this context is new for me, but having had some experience in formulating vision, mission, and goal statements for nonprofits, my thoughts are more in line with saurabh's idea.

I take it HBS (or whoever) isn't giving you much in terms of direction?
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