According to Workopolis, a career vision board is a collage that represents your dreams for the future, and helps you use the power of visualization to accomplish your goals. A career vision board is a way of documenting your goals and dreams.
This article explores questions that you can ask yourself when creating a career vision board. The answers to these questions can be used to set goals and get pictures or images to create your collage so that you can visualize your dream.
Pinterest is a good source that you can use to get beautiful images to create your career vision board.
Hereunder are 10 top questions to ask yourself when creating a career vision board:
What is your overall career vision?
Take some time in a quiet place and determine your career vision. Reflect on what you will like to achieve during your career. Is it that you see yourself contributing in a career in education or do you see yourself caring for others as a doctor or nurse?
Dedicate some quiet time to thinking and self-reflection. This process is not one that should be rushed but it critical as it is the foundation on which your career and hence future career decisions are based.
What is your dream job?
Adding to creating an overall career vision, reflect and identify what your dream job is. Identify what you love to do. Think about an area or a cause that you are passionate about.
Reflect on something that you enjoy doing even if you are not being paid to complete the tasks. Consider things that fascinate you. From there make a list of dream jobs that will make you happy.
What are your greatest fears?
We all have fears that we must overcome to achieve our dreams and visions for our career and lives. Even individuals who you and I deem as successful in a required field had to face their fears.
Champion fighter Muhammad Ali had a fear of flying. Ali understood that becoming a fighter demanded that he travels both within the USA and abroad. He either had to overcome his fear or give up boxing.
When the opportunity presented itself for him to go to Rome for the Olympics, Ali wanted to take a boat to Rome. However, that mode of transportation was too slow.
Ali recalled in his autobiography:
“What I was afraid of most was the plane crashing, and nothing would satisfy me until I called the Air Force and asked them to give me a record of plane flights between Rome and America. They said they couldn’t even remember the last time one had crashed. That calmed me down enough to take the flight to Rome” (p. 86).
Therefore, reflect on what your greatest fears are. If you are having challenges identifying what they are, consider using a fear assessment. You can also explore taking test such as The Do It Scared Fear Assessment developed by Ruth Soukup which will help you uncover your unique Fear Archetype.
Ruth Soukup surveyed over 4,000 persons and discovered that fear showed up in distinct patterns in their lives which she termed the fear archetypes.
From this study, 7 distinct fear types were identified. These were the procrastinator, the rule follower, the people pleaser, the outcast, the self-doubter, the excuse maker and the pessimist.
Feel free to check this assessment if you are looking for a scientific approach to identifying your fears.
What are your interests?
Explore and create a list of the things that interest you. It need not be something that you are doing right now. Think about a skill that you are interested in that may enhance your career.
As an example, you may be an event planner but have an interest in photography which can complement your career.
What are your greatest strengths?
Think about the areas that you are good at. These may be gifts that you have naturally or they may be skills that you have developed along the way.
Make a list of them and consider creating a collage on how you can further develop and improve these strengths.
Is there someone whose career you admire?
Reflect on successful persons whose career you admire. Think about their traits, habits and areas from their life story that you admire. You can create a goal around traits that you admire that you will like to cultivate.
In the event that you cannot think of anyone, there are several articles on the blog of successful leaders. Feel free to check out the life stories of individuals on this blog such as Kobe Bryant, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Phil Knight and Lee Iacocca.
Certainly, you will find some great nuggets among these individuals to draw some inspiration.
How do you need to evolve to achieve these goals?
This is a question that requires deep reflection. Is it that you need to become more productive with your time or do you need to improve your work ethic?
What traits and new habits do you need to possess in order to achieve these goals is an important question that you should answer.
What resources do you require to reach your desired career vision?
In addition to your personal traits, what resources do you require in order to get to your desired career? Do you need to hire a career coach or should you enlist the support of a mentor ?
You may also require resources for further education so that you acquire new skills and improve your current skillsets. Therefore, brainstorm what resources you require to achieve your career vision.
Where do you want to be in 5 years’ time?
Create a list of all the things that you will like to achieve in the next 5 years in your career. Once you have created this list, then visualize the path. Thereafter, further breakdown these goals into clear actionable steps.
You can get pictures for each step and even include images of your rewards for the attainment of each step. Rewards can be extremely motivating especially if the path to achieve a particular goal is long.
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How would you like to be remembered after you die?
This is a profound question as you try to summarize how you will like others to remember you. This statement may change from year to year until you refine it to detail how you will like to be remembered when you die. So take your time and make amendments as you go along.
A career vision board provides clarity and focus for what you want to achieve in your career. As stated above, Pinterest is a great place to source images to put on your career vision board.
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