Week 8 (31/03): career goals and personal branding Part 1

Last week we looked at media structures and ownership and explored opportunities for media practitioners. We considered where we might like to work in the future.

This week we will look at:

    • how to pursue our desired career path
    • how to achieve our goals
    • personal branding

No matter how definite or vague your career goals are, setting them as SMART goals makes it easier for you to achieve them.

What are SMART goals?

The SMART framework demystifies goals by breaking them into smaller steps. SMART is an acronym for “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant with Timelines.” 

READ more about SMART goals here.













Set at least 3 SMART goals for your career.
These can be short term (finish this course) or long term (be the News Director for a radio station). They can be big (win an ACRA) or not so big (host a show on a community radio station).
Whatever they are, they should feel authentic to who you are and where you want to go right now.

NB: It’s okay for goals to change in the future too! If you set these now, there’s nothing stopping you from readjusting your direction later.

Drop back into the Zoom call, and share at least one of your goals with your teacher.




What is a personal brand?

A personal brand is what you are uniquely known for. It’s marketing you and your career as a brand.

You already possess a personal brand of sorts. Check out your current personal branding by Googling yourself. Chances are some personal info about you will pop up on the first page. Is it what you want potential employers or clients to see?

Why do I need a personal brand?

Personal branding is essential for a number of reasons:

    • There is a definite link between career success and personal branding
    • The personal branding model suggests that success comes from self-packaging
    • You are active in creating the direction of your life
    • You decide what your value is and who you want to share it with
    • When you develop a personal brand, the boost in your image can open doors and create opportunities
    • Your personal brand is in some respect a promise of your valued reputation

 “Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.”
(Tom Peters, “A Brand Called You”)

How do I build my personal brand?

Your personal brand needs to be structured so that it is easily communicated verbally and online for maximum impact.

First, you must ‘know yourself’: your unique personality, strengths and skills.

If you need a little help with that, have a look at this post.

      • Prepare to announce publicly what you’re personally passionate about
      • Sharpen up all your communication and media skills
      • Establish a distinctive presence on several social networks
      • Note how your audience responds to your content and adjust accordingly
      • Start making contacts, decisions and goals that are in line with your personal brand



Have you ever stopped to think about the qualities that differentiate you from others who are doing the same thing as you?

Now is the time to start thinking about it as sooner or later you’ll need to craft a compelling career brand statement. The brand statement you communicate should authentically echo your own voice and align with your profession.

Get clear about what makes you unique. Start by asking your classmates, friends and family for feedback about your assets, performance and strengths. Then work on scripting a value statement or ‘elevator speech’ showcasing your personal attributes and professional principles.

Here’s more info about elevator speech with an example or two.



Write your elevator speech.

    • It should introduce you and who you are
    • It should be about 30 seconds long
    • It should be authentic – don’t try to be anyone but the best version of yourself

Drop back into the Zoom call.
Present your elevator speech to the class (a very friendly audience!) 🙂 



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