Breaking Down Your Original Goals

Something powerful deep within you made you want to pursue a career in international relations. Now is the time to identify your original motivation. We all have an origin story and the purpose of this exercise is to ensure that you recognise your WHY. Why do you want to work in international relations? What made you choose this career path? Why does it matter to you? What will you do and how will you do it?

Answering some of these tricky questions will help you to track your progress as you develop further afield. By returning to your original goals and motivation, you will be able to track how you grow as an individual and keep away from becoming complacent in your job later in life.

The following questions are posed in Chapter Two of the Diplomatic Planner on page 76. Using the space below, you are asked to write out your initial career plans with details behind your motivational intentions.


Here are a guide to help you explore your original goals.

1. What career do I really want to pursue?

It is easy to say that you want a career in international relations without diving further into it. The field is large and knowing why is critical to further shortlisting a specialism. If there are any other careers you have considered, list them down and remind yourself WHY. Also think about whether you have had external influence in deciding your career path. At the end of the day, you will be the one knee deep in work. Not your teachers, not your parents, not your mentor. Make sure you pick the field that is right for you.

2. Why do I want this job?

Now it’s time to get real. Asking WHY can be tricky but it is a critical test to assure yourself that this is the right path for you. If you can’t answer why, your hesitation can be a real tell-tale sign that this may not be right for you. Pick a job because you are truly passionate or have the right skills, not because it is someone else’s dream for you.

3. What is my motivation in chasing this job?

After asking WHY, ask why again. Your motivation is your biggest driving point to chase your after your career goals. Break your career goals down and understand what drives your success and your reasoning.

4. Why will I be good at this job?

There is little point chasing a career when you may not be suitable for it. If you are afraid of heights, flying a rescue plane may not be right for you or the people you want to help. Match your skills and passions to the job you are chasing and convince yourself that you are the best person for the job. If you have missing skills, list them down and work on these gaps. Also consider your personality and temperament for the job. Sometimes, work ethic plays a big role to doing well in a job, more than skills and enthusiasm. Are you truly up to the job you are after or is it just a pipe dream

5. Do I have what it takes to see through this career path?

This is a good opportunity to look at your career long-term and really understand what the job entails. If you are not familiar with the long-term prospect of the, speak to someone who is already working in this role. Familiarise yourself with career progression and whether your future plans in your personal life may act as a wall to climbing the ladder.

After answering these questions, you should be in a position to the complete the “Lifelong Goals” plan found on page 78 of the “Diplomatic Planner” or downloaded from the Grassroot Diplomat Online Academy.

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