10 Imagine 3 vastly different careers

In order to truly imagine a vastly different career for ourselves we often have to use simple tricks to help us break away from what we think we have to do.

  1. List three professional fields that excite you enough to talk to a stranger about them for 10 minutes (e.g. wilderness education, organic farming, economics, etc.).
  2. List three work-related activities that you love doing that aren’t necessarily related to the fields above (e.g. working with my hands, having one-on-one meetings, presenting to groups, etc.).
  3. List three cities where you have lived or want to live (e.g. Toronto, Ontario; San Francisco, California; Nairobi, Kenya).
  4. Now mix and match your fields, activities and places and create three to five different combinations. Mixing all of these elements together can help you find unexpected opportunities based on what you already have or want.

If you’re having trouble making connections between opportunities and your education, talk to faculty or the registrar in your department.

University of Toronto Career Centre Next Steps:

What opportunities could tie these seemingly random concepts together for you? Learn about the types of careers that align with your chosen elements through a collection of ebooks about specific careers including books about being a consultant, a video game designer or a journalist, or through career guides in The Vault or Working in Canada.

Visit the Career Centre and meet with us for a 15-minute conversation to talk about your next step(s). Find our hours here.

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