4 OKR examples for Career

What are Career OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Creating impactful OKRs can be a daunting task, especially for newcomers. Shifting your focus from projects to outcomes is key to successful planning.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Career to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

Building your own Career OKRs with AI

While we have some examples available, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. You can use our free AI generator below or our more complete goal-setting system to generate your own OKRs.

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Our Career OKRs examples

We've added many examples of Career Objectives and Key Results, but we did not stop there. Understanding the difference between OKRs and projects is important, so we also added examples of strategic initiatives that relate to the OKRs.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

OKRs to enhance career growth of junior team members through mentorship

  • ObjectiveEnhance career growth of junior team members through mentorship
  • Key ResultImprove junior team members' project completion rate by 20%
  • TaskProvide constructive feedback and guidance frequently
  • TaskEstablish a mentorship program within the team
  • TaskImplement regular hands-on training sessions for junior team members
  • Key ResultConduct weekly personalized training sessions for each junior team member
  • TaskIdentify individual training needs for every junior team member
  • TaskDedicate time to execute training sessions weekly
  • TaskDevelop weekly personalized training plans
  • Key ResultAchieve a 15% increase in junior team members assuming leadership roles in projects
  • TaskImplement leadership training programs for junior team members
  • TaskCreate opportunities for mentorship from senior leaders
  • TaskDelegate more responsibilities to promising junior members

OKRs to improve your career path

  • ObjectiveProvide comprehensive, quality career path advice to our customers
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of customers returning for repeat career path advice by 30%
  • Key ResultIncrease customer satisfaction ratings for career path advice by 20%
  • TaskMonitor customer satisfaction ratings and adjust strategies to reach desired 20% increase.
  • TaskAnalyze customer feedback data to identify areas of improvement.
  • TaskCreate a customer satisfaction survey for career path advice.
  • TaskImplement changes based on customer feedback to improve career path advice.
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of customers receiving career path advice by 50%
  • TaskMonitor and evaluate customer feedback to ensure career path advice services are meeting customer needs.
  • TaskAnalyze customer survey results to determine areas of opportunity for career path advice.
  • TaskDevelop and implement a customer survey to assess current needs related to career path advice.
  • TaskCreate targeted campaigns to promote career path advice services to existing customers.

OKRs to achieve personal and financial stability

  • ObjectiveAchieve personal and financial stability
  • Key ResultSpend less than monthly income to create savings buffer of 15%
  • TaskCut back on unnecessary costs
  • TaskEstablish a strict monthly budget plan
  • TaskAllocate 15% of every paycheck to savings
  • Key ResultSecure steady income by landing a full time job
  • TaskUpdate and optimize your resume to highlight relevant skills and experiences
  • TaskPrep and practice for potential job interviews
  • TaskResearch and apply to job openings in your chosen field
  • Key ResultAttend 1 personal development workshop per month to enhance emotional stability
  • TaskRegister and pay for selected workshops
  • TaskParticipate fully in each workshop
  • TaskResearch and find upcoming personal development workshops

OKRs to enhance my effectiveness as a mentor

  • ObjectiveEnhance my effectiveness as a mentor
  • Key ResultGuide 3 mentees to achieve their personal career goals
  • TaskSchedule regular one-on-one meetings with each mentee
  • TaskDevelop personalized career development plans
  • TaskProvide mentees with resources and networking opportunities
  • Key ResultAttend and complete a professional mentoring training course
  • TaskParticipate in all sessions and complete the training activities
  • TaskRegister for the chosen training course
  • TaskResearch and select an appropriate professional mentoring training course
  • Key ResultImplement feedback from mentees to increase satisfaction scores by 20%
  • TaskCollect feedback from all current mentees regularly
  • TaskAnalyze feedback and identify key areas for improvement
  • TaskImplement changes based on gathered feedback in mentoring sessions

Best practices for managing your Career OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Career OKRs

Your quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly in order to get all the benefits of the OKRs framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Career OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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