Sunday, August 25, 2019

Purpose, Aim , Target , Goal , Objective

'My current purpose in life is to study French. I aim to complete my formal study by the end of 2009. My goal is to be fluent by then with a target of 95% in my final exam'

'Purpose' is a reason for doing something. The other three all represent an 'end result' that one hopes to achieve. Target is quite specific and usually relates to a set amount, a final number etc.

"purpose" and "aim" are perhaps a little more literary/old-fashioned/figurative, and don't generally relate to number when used on their own. For example, a character in a period novel might say "what was the gentleman's purpose/aim in doing this?" but not "what was the gentleman's target/goal in doing this?"

Conversely, a manager in a business meeting might say:

"You were responsible for 78% of all sales? What was the target?"

meaning, what was the target percentage of sales, i.e. the percentage you wanted to reach. If he used "purpose", it would mean something different:

"You were responsible for 78% of all sales? What was the purpose?"

This means something more along the lines of "why did you achieve those sales/what was the point?"

"Target" is the only one that can be used to make a compound, i.e. "what was the target number?".

Also, in business, one often talks of long-term goals/objectives and short-term targets.

Goals and objectives provide the foundation for measurement. Goals are outcome statements that define what an organization is trying to accomplish, both programmatically and organizationally. – In contrast to goals, objectives are very precise, time-based, measurable actions that support the completion of a goal. Objectives typically must (1) be related directly to the goal; (2) be clear, concise, and understandable; (3) be stated in terms of results; (4) begin with an action verb; (5) specify a date for accomplishment; and (6) be measurable.

Target – an indicator established to determine how successfully you are achieving an objective. Goal – an indicator established to determine whether you have achieved your objective

Aim - … is just a general term for something you want. Goal - I use this as a “bucket” to hold a lot of objectives together. … A goal is usually big enough to take more than a year to achieve. Objective - There are many parts/objectives to achieving a goal. To be complete, an objective has to have a What, a Who and a When.

Degree Levels

F.Sc or Faculty of Science, or Faculty of Arts (F.A) is a 2 year old program (Associate Degree?) which is done after matriculation , and is one of the eligibility requirements for Entrance onto Undergraduate Program (Bachelors) (((or to special entry level position in fields like Nursing, graphic designing ??)))

Bachelor's Degree is an undergraduate program , where a student chooses Major Area of study such as Biology, History, Mathematics, Finance, Communications ,etc.
Bachelors are qualified to work in entry level positions.

Master's Degree are Graduate programs that let students specialize in an area of study, for example, Botany , Zoology, Statistics , Urdu Language, Etc. Many Masters degree require a Thesis for graduation.
Master's degree is also required for entrance in most of the doctoral programs.

Doctoral Degrees(Ph.D.) are the higher college degrees, completion of which may require a Dissertation and a major research project.