01 Map your current career path
If you want a job doing something you love you have to embrace the notion that you won’t get there in a straight line. Careers today no longer follow linear trajectories that take you from graduation to internship to employment up the ranks. This exercise is the first of 50 to help you discover your unique path and give you the confidence to get your dream job. By mapping your career path you will see that you are already well on your way.
- Make a list of 25 different milestones, relationships, people, jobs or experiences that brought you to where you are today.
- Create a map with your milestones. Connect them chronologically, making note of the impact they had on your state of mind at the time. Draw your map on a white board, a large piece of paper or your computer.
- Pick two random points and try to add in five more milestones, people or experiences that took you from one step to the next.
- Choose a different pen colour and note your emotions throughout the map. How did you feel before and after you got your last job? When did you last feel overwhelmed or totally satisfied?
- Review your map. Take note of patterns, industries, themes and clues that could inform your next step.
- Ask yourself: What do I want to repeat? Do differently? Learn from this? What industries or jobs emerge that may have been hiding in your peripheral vision?
University of Toronto Career Centre Next Steps:
Want to keep thinking about your path? No patterns or potential future direction emerging? Attend the Know Yourself: Exploring Meaningful Work workshop to identify themes by reflecting on your strengths, interests and values in your past experiences. Build on this exercise and Learn About Your Skills and Strengths or Imagine 3 Vastly Different Careers.
Visit the Career Centre and meet with us for a 15-minute conversation to talk about your next step(s). Find our hours here.