Orienteering means some form of navigation while using a compass as your tool. When you are career orienteering you create a career map which you are going to navigate through. The career map is your compass.
Developing Your Career Map
You want to put pen to paper or draft your map on your computer. Either way, you want it so you can visualize it. You are going to be mapping out a very important part of your life.
Every map has to have a starting point. Your starting point on your map will be defined by an evaluation of where you are right now in life when it comes to your employment world. This deals with your mindset. You need to determine the following:
- What you are passionate about
- Your best skills
- What you have a talent for
Setting Your Goals
Next, you want to set your goals. This is what you want to achieve and this will be the arrival destination of your map.
Realistic expectations are going to be your milestones along the way on your map. Having a zealous goal is great but it is going to take a collection of steps along the way to get there.
Sometimes in life, one has to take detours. Plan an alternate route to get to where you want to go. This way if there are any roadblocks along the way you will have an alternative.
The Personal Side of Your Career Map
Think of your personal side of your career map as your stops along the way of following your map. Your career journey should be fun, and no journey is unless there is some enjoyment along the way. On your career map, it may include a stretch when you are obtaining some further education to get you to your destination. You need a break after this so map this in.