I got this e-mail this morning:
Could u plz help me to writing my career development goals.
That was all it said. I copied and pasted so I didn’t accidentally correct grammar or spelling. (And yes, I’m guaranteed to make grammar mistakes since I’m picking on someone else right now. ‘Tis Muphry’s Law.)
First of all, the answer is no. Although, if I was, the first thing I would do is say “u” and “plz” are not real words. So, your first goal should be to write out full words. Secondly, I believe you are asking a question, so it should end in a question mark. I do suspect that English is not this person’s first language (and heaven knows I know how difficult it is to learn a new language), so I’ll give the “to writing” a pass.
The real problem here is that I can’t write someone else’s career development goals. I can maybe answer a specific question about how to write one, or a few things that should be included in a development plan, but I can’t do it for you.
And this is a good thing. Because you need to develop your own plan. You need to really have two development plans: One for your job that deals with your relationship to the company and another for you alone that addresses your long term goals that don’t necessarily involve your current employer.
I realize few people actually do that, but think of where you’d be if you did. It’s always a huge advantage to know where you want to go. So, stop trying to pass your goal setting off to some random person on the internet and figure it out yourself.
And please, leave the “text speak” for your teenagers. We like proper grammar around here.