Creating your career vision provides a roadmap which can assist in career clarity and direction. Without a vision, it is easy to deviate from your calling.
Having a career vision provides a blueprint of where you like to go which will influence the paths you pursue. In addition, the years do go by very quickly once you settle into a role.
I am not saying that there is anything wrong with doing a role for an extended period, if ultimately that is your calling.However, in the event that this role is not, your dream could remain unachieved.
The following are 5 essential reasons why you should consider creating a career vision:
- Career vision helps you know your why
- Career vision keeps you hungry
- Career vision helps you identify gaps
- Career vision keeps you focus
- Career vision could save you time and money
Let’s take a closer look each of these.
Career vision helps you know your why
It is so much easier to accomplish a goal or a task if you have a clear reason as to why you are doing it. Whether you have the best or worse job in the world, there are going to be days when you feel like quitting!
There will be days when you are frustrated or days when you feel unmotivated to keep going!
If you have a clear sense of purpose or know why you are doing that job, then it’s easier to view that obstacle as temporary and as a vehicle to get you to your destination.
Your why could be as small as getting monies to pay for a course or as big as buying a house. Whatever your why is keep it at the forefront of your mind. It will make those hard days easier!
Career vision keeps you hungry
If you have a clear vision for where you will like to go, it’s difficult to get into a job and get comfortable. A vision will identify your next milestone which can help in planning how to get there.
It’s human nature to get comfortable in environments where we are familiar.
A career vision could act a constant push. This could mean looking at internal promotions or seeking opportunities outside your current role. Your career vision will always be a roadmap that you are following to ensure that you fulfill your purpose.
According to the well-known Steve Jobs quote, stay hungry, stay foolish.
Career vision helps you identify gaps
Career vision can be a tool which you can use to assess where you are and where you will like to be. A career assessment is always useful so you aware of the skills that you need to improve on.
For example do you need to take up a class to improve a particular skill? Udemy is a fantastic resource to consider for a wide range of skills.
There are also a number of free and budget friendly online websites where you can acquire skills. Will learning a foreign language provide you with an edge for your next role? Is a mentor required to advance your career ?
How about public speaking? Should you join toastmasters to elevate your presentation skills? Maybe you can consider volunteering to gain exposure to your next role!
A clear and detailed career vision will help you to easily identify the gaps and you will know what are the appropriate actions that you need to take.
Career vision keeps you focus
Career vision gives you focus. If you have a career vision, you will possibly have timelines for how long for example you want to stay in a role. It will also provide clarity of what roles you need to accept and those roles that you will need to turn down.
At times, you may be great at something that other people tell you that you should pursue, but in your heart you feel that you need to go in another direction.
Career vision will help you to quiet the opinions of others and follow your heart.
Career vision could save you time and money
Spending some time thinking, dreaming and planning your career could save you time and money in the long run. There is nothing wrong in pivoting. However, this could entail a loss of money, time or both.
While I was pursuing my degree initially, I wanted to do finance, so I invested monies in buying books to do finance. As the courses progressed, I realised that I really wanted to do marketing instead. If I had sat down and reflected prior to beginning my studies, this could have saved me time and money.
Nevertheless, nothing is ever wasted and even in the midst of detours there are always lessons to be learned. The one that I learnt in this scenario is the value of reflecting and considering decisions from multiple angles before proceeding.
There are several other articles which you may find beneficial as you create your career vision. Feel free to click on any of the links below to explore:-
The Importance of Career Planning
17 Free Career Aptitude and Personality Tests
5 Proven Principles Guaranteed To Elevate Your Career Planning
10 Questions To Creating a 5 Year Career Plan That Gets Results
The Importance of Career Diversification
29 Awesome Free and Budget Friendly Online Learning Platforms
One of my favorite biblical teachers, Dr. Myles Munroe says that vision simplifies life. No matter what stage you are at in your career, it is important ever so often to stop and do some introspection.
This will help you to determine whether you are on the right path or whether you need to divert and choose another.
Life changes and as you grow older a career that may be suitable for you in your 20’s may not be ideal in your 30’s for various reasons.
Solomon, the wisest man that every lived in Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version) states that where there is no vision the people perish. This scripture can be extended to every aspect of our lives.
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