“Lieutenant Bradley” has a nice ring to it. But that’s not why 30-year-old Michelle Bradley wants to move up the ranks from police officer to police lieutenant.
“My career is actually going pretty well,” she says. “I just need to focus on what I want to accomplish next.” Police lieutenant is the next desirable step up, for Bradley. She’s also considering a transfer to a different specialty area, such as criminal investigation. In addition, for professional and personal reasons, she would like to learn Spanish.
Ramona Fisch works for Milford School District in the Milford Extended Day Program. “I have pre-schoolers and absolutely love it,” she says. “They keep me on my toes and laughing. I would not trade that for anything.” So, there’s not much in the career department she wants to change. But losing a little excess weight in her mid-section will help with all the chasing around and heavy lifting she has to do.
Caryn Miller is quite the opposite from Fisch. She needs to make lots of changes to get her career on track. “I would like to go back to school, as money is always an issue,” she says. “I have worked since I was 16 and never finished college. I am finding it hard to move in the career field without at least having an Associate’s Degree.”
Paying for the classes, laptop and books is Miller’s biggest hurdle. “As a single person, one income really limits me to what I can do,” she explains. “I have to focus on my needs, not wants. I feel a better education would open me to a much wider variety of jobs.”
But where there a will, there’s a way. To help these women accomplish all of their career goals, Life Coach Mary Claybon with Promoting Health: The Middle Way says she’s going to have all three women close their eyes and envision themselves a year from now. From that vision, they will develop goals. But not just any goals. SMART goals, which stand for:
“If you don’t stop and reevaluate, you’ll fall on your face. You have to stop sooner or later. Create a vision, and evaluate how important that vision is to you,” says Claybon. But why SMART goals? “They give you a way out. Otherwise, it becomes vague and your goals can very easily not be met,” she explains. “Also, there’s no way to measure regular goals. SMART goals move you toward your vision.”
Photos: Amy Storer-Scalia