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Plan My Career / Manual 1 / Discover who I am / My Story So Far

Plan My Career / Manual 1 /  Discover who I am / My Story So Far

Plan My Career is learning resource designed to help you find focus and direction within your career, and to give you the tools you need to achieve your career goals. Please read the introduction before you start Discover who am I exercises.

Plan My Career / Manual 1 / Contents( Discover who I am / My Story So Far – Personal Style Survey – Interests Survey – Values Survey – Skills Survey – Create My Career Blueprint )

 

 Ex. 1 – Life Experiences

Answer each of the following questions using 2-3 examples from your life experiences. Try not to edit or critique what you are writing or be concerned about grammar or sentence structure – some people even prefer to draw images or use symbols! Take your time and write freely, expressing what first comes to mind. If you get stuck on a question, simply come back to it later.

 

1.  Growing up, what did you like to do in your spare time? Why do you think you enjoyed this so much?

 

 2. What were you really good at when you were younger?

3. Other than your parents, whom did you admire when you were growing up? Why? (This could be a real person or a fictional character).

 

4. What are some of your favourite memories? What makes them so special to you?

 

 

5. What kinds of occupations did you think about as a child? Why do you think you were drawn to these?

 

Ex. 2 – Life Experiences

Take some time to read over your answers and make any additional comments. Now, read them again and think about the insights, messages, or themes that are coming through what you have written. Capture five of these main themes in the space below. You will use these points later to create your Career Blueprint.

Reflecting on My Life Experiences:

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 Ex. 3 – Life Experiences

Thinking about what you learned about your life experiences, what are some career options that you can see evolving? Try to list at least five or six. Don’t worry about being really specific or detailed at this point. This part of the exercise is designed to simply help you generate some ideas of the types of careers you would like to explore.

Careers to Explore:

 

 

 

Ex. 1 – Work Experiences

Think about at least one work experience that you really like or enjoyed. It may have been observed, paid or unpaid experience. Using this example, answer each of the following questions. The goal of this exercise is to help you begin to look at what types of work environments and situations have proven to be a good fit for you. Once again, try not to edit or critique what you are writing, or spend too much energy on grammar or sentence structure.

1. How would you describe your role in this work situation? (i.e. what did your job entail?)

 

 

 

 2. Why did you choose to be a part of this experience? What kept you there?

 

 

 

 3. Whom did you work with? Did you enjoy working with these people? Why or why not?

 

 

 4. What skills did you use when doing this job? What new skills did you learn?

 

 

 5. What did you most enjoy about this work experience? What did you least enjoy?

 

 

 6. What could have made it even better?

 

 

 

 

 7. If you had the opportunity to return to this work situation, would you take it? Why or why not?

 

 

Ex. 2 – Work Experiences

 Take some time to read over your answers and make any additional comments. Now, read them again and think about the insights, messages, or themes that are coming through what you have written. Capture five of these main themes in the space below. You will use these points later to create your Career Blueprint.

 Reflecting on My Work Experiences:

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5.

 

 

Ex. 3 – Work Experiences

Thinking about what you learned about your work experiences, what are some career options that you can see evolving? Try to list at least five or six. Don’t worry about being really specific or detailed at this point. This part of the exercise is designed to simply help you generate some ideas of the types of careers you would like to explore.

 Careers to Explore:

 

 

 

 

Ex. 1 – Learning Experiences

Take some time to think about your experiences in school. These experiences could include elementary school all the way up to secondary or post-secondary education. When you are ready, answer each the following questions. The goal of this exercise is to explore what appeals to you, captures your interest, and motivates you to learn.

 1. What type of subjects have you generally enjoyed more in school? Why?

 

 

 

 2. What subject has typically been least interesting? Why?

 

 

 

 3. Have you developed any new subject interests recently? How and why did these evolve?

 

 

 

 4. How do you feel you learn best (e.g. study groups, lectures, labs, or hands-on)? Why?

 

 

 

 

 5. What types of things do you enjoy learning about and studying outside of school? Why?

 

 

 

6. In your spare time, what types of things do you enjoy doing, reading or learning about on television or internet? Why are these things interesting to you?

 

 

 Ex. 2 – Learning Experiences

Take some time to read over your answers and add any additional comments. Now, read them again and think about the insights, messages, or themes that are coming through what you have written. Capture these themes in the points below. You will use these points to create your Career Blueprint.

Reflecting on My Learning Experiences:

 

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Ex. 3 – Learning Experiences

Thinking about what you wrote in this section, what are some career options that you can see evolving? Try to list at least five or six. Don’t worry about being really specific or detailed at this point. This part of the exercise is designed to simply help you generate some ideas of the types of careers you would like to explore.

Careers to Explore:

 

 

 

 

Ex. 1 – Ideals

Ideals are the images or visions you have of what life would be like if it were to unfold exactly as you wish. Of course (to no one’s surprise!) life is not perfect and things often don’t go as planned. But taking some time to stop and think about your ideals is a good way to begin to discover your dreams and acknowledge what is in your heart. (Sometimes people forget their dreams and ignore their heart. All to often, unfortunately, they end up following a pay cheque or living someone else’s dream instead).

Think of this as an opportunity to step away from the realities of life and career planning, and just write. Sometimes people feel awkward about this exercise or dismiss its value. Putting your ideals on paper does not commit or obligate you in anyway. It does, however, give you rare permission to dream, to capture what is in your heart, and to unearth your vision.

 1. If your life could be exactly as you wish, what would it look like? (Where would you be? What would you

be doing? Whom would you be with?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. If money, time, or talent didn’t count, and you could do anything with your life, what would you do? Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. When you are 85 and telling your life story, what will you want to say?

 

 

 

 Ex. 2 – Ideals

 Take some time to read over your answers and make any additional comments. Now, read them again and think about the insights, messages, or themes that are coming through what you have written. Capture five of these main themes in the space below. You will use these points later to create your Career Blueprint.

 Reflecting on My Ideals:

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Ex. 3 – Ideals

Thinking about what you uncovered about your learning experiences, what are some career options that you can see evolving? Try to list at least five or six. Don’t worry about being really specific or detailed at this point. This part of the exercise is designed to simply help you generate some ideas of the types of careers you would like to explore.

 Careers to Explore:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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