A career path is not like a ladder moving a career in a straight upward direction. In fact, for many it never was. A career process could be seen as more of a Career Hopscotch than a career ladder.
Create a Career Hopscotch
Create a Career Hopscotch using index cards. Make a card for each of the categories below and add your own if desired. Use different card arrangements to see what your career might look like. Ignite your imagination as you think of career possibilities with a fluid career moving through different emphasis on family, career, and education. At any time you might reverse the order as priorities and needs change.
As an example, after completing your basic education, you will probably work and then get further training. A degree, certiﬁcate, and training are still important but the added element of gaining real experience while learning is now the norm. In fact, you can often get the best experience through internships and volunteer work while you are in school.
Make a card for each of the categories below and add your own if desired. Use different card arrangements to see what your career might look like.
Career Hopscotch Example
My “Career Hopscotch” looks something like this, with the expectation that I will do a reverse hop and repeat some of my previous steps.
The steps may change as I get to the end of the hopscotch, reverse and go back through the many stages of my career. My coaching and writing businesses are the culmination of my career, with education weaving throughout. Seeing your career process as a hopscotch game rather than a career ladder will give you the freedom to pursue many interests during your lifetime. Enjoy the game!
from Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, originally posted 2013
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