A technique to help you to imagine ideal work roles.

BY HOLLY MELROSE, BRAVE HQ PSYCHOLOGIST

“Your ideal jobs include CEO, Truck Driver, Chef, Psychologist, Leather Maker, Artist, and Park Ranger.”

This was what was given to me on a piece of paper in Year 10 by a visiting careers counsellor. Funnily enough, I did study to become a chef and a psychologist, and find many aspects of the other roles interesting. Career advice that is given based on a short survey can be correct, even though it cannot consider your personality, temperament, and preferences for contact with people or talents. I use the following technique to assist people to open their minds to their current most satisfying work setting and role requirements, rather than select a career or pathway based on other’s ideals or opinions. This exercise tends to stimulate a creative thinking process and to provide ongoing motivation for a chosen career path.

Step 1

Sit somewhere quiet where you are unlikely to be disturbed and make yourself comfortable. Try to calm yourself into a relaxed state of mind by focusing on your breathing, taking 4 seconds to breathe in through your nose, and 8 seconds to breathe out through your mouth. Gradually let all thoughts go for the time being. Do not try to force your thoughts to disappear but simply let them drift away like passing clouds. It may be helpful to imagine wiping a board clean or turning over a crisp white piece of paper – whatever image you find helpful to clear your mind.

Step 2

Imagine how you would like your life to be, beginning from when you waken in your ideal work day. Where are you? What time is it? Don’t limit your thoughts with any practical issues at this point, just enjoy the fantasy. Pay attention to your home environment, the clothes you are wearing, the people around you and what they are doing. How do you get to work? Do you need to go somewhere to work? Are you in an office or outdoors? Are there any implements that you are using such as a computer or specific equipment or machinery? What does an ideal day at work look like? How long does it last?

Step 3

Gradually add more detail to your vision:

  • How do you feel emotionally: Calm? Excited?
  • What do you work colleagues look like? Are there any?
  • What daily routine follows waking?
  • What can you smell, touch and taste in your vision?

Add as many different details as you can to make your visual image of the future feel complete.

Step 4

After indulging in this fantasy for 5 minutes or longer, slowly move your fingers and toes around to become more alert. Open your eyes and sit up to reflect on any insights you have gained, or clues for potential occupations that would enable you to realise your vision. Are there any ideas for research or discussion you can action? Write down as much as you can remember about your vision, and then explore what jobs and careers are out there that fit your ideal day!

I hope this technique has been useful for you to expand your thinking about career options.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE ANY FURTHER ASSISTANCE WITH CAREER PLANNING, I CAN PROVIDE PERSONALITY AND CAREER FOCUSED TESTING AND ADVICE TO METHODICALLY RESEARCH YOUR CAREER OPTIONS.

FIND ME AT www.bravehq.com.au/theteam