College & Career Journaling

How To Keep A Career Journal: Prompts & Ideas To Start Journaling Toward Success!

Keeping a career journal is a great way to set goals and put your career into perspective. It is often said that when you write things down, it helps you to hold yourself accountable and really make things happen!

How To Keep A Career Journal: Prompts & Ideas To Start Journaling Toward Success!

Career journaling isn’t just about setting and achieving goals, though (you can do that with my Get Your Goals, Girl! worksheet). It is about envisioning and realizing your dream career. By writing it down, you can better visualize it. You’re basically making a model of it and then using that as a guide for yourself to go and pursue it.

I have put together this list of career journal prompts for you to incorporate into your journey toward success. You can jot your answers down on a post-it note and stick it somewhere you can see it. Or go right ahead and write it all out in your journal!

  • Reflect on your career strengths and weaknesses. 
  • When setting goals within your career, think of it as a business. Break it up into quarters and set goals for each quarter. At the end of the year, everything should come together to achieve one big goal. 
  • Document your recent wins and losses. How do you feel about them? How can these help propel you forward?
  • What career accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • Draw the ideal employee or boss. How are they dressed? What is their demeanor? How do they think? How do they lead? What can you do to become more like them?
  • What talents do you wish you could utilize more? How can you implement more of them into your job? If you can’t, how you implement more of them into your life, like through a hobby or side business?
  • If you had a magic wand, what changes would you make to your current career?
  • What bigger things do you want to achieve in your life? Is there a cause you are passionate about? Do you want to travel? How can you incorporate these things into your career?
  • What new skill would you like to learn that can benefit your career? Think about learning a new language or getting a certification.
  • Think about your 5-year-old self. Would they be proud or excited about who you have become?

Here’s a fun idea: take your career journal to the next level by making it into part scrapbook! Keep your business cards, resumes, and headshots inside along with your prompts so you can look back on your professional journey throughout the years.


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How To Keep A Career Journal: Prompts & Ideas To Start Journaling Toward Success!

Is a career journal not enough journal love for you? Read more about journaling on Glamorously You! Check out my prompts for bringing more positivity into your life and how to turn journaling into a hobby.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Leslie

    This is a great idea, I pinned it to keep it on hand. I want to relaunch my freelance business in January, so this is a perfect way to keep on track.

    October 31, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Awesome! Good luck with the relaunch 🙂

      November 6, 2017 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Janelle

    I looove the idea of writing everything down, not only to organise your thoughts but to keep yourself accountable (biggie for me). Literally any excuse to treat myself to pretty stationery too! Also I tried to subscribe via email but it said “error occurred”? 🙁 Absolutely love this post!

    Janelle | http://thenellybean.com

    October 31, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Oh no! I will add you manually. I am totally guilty of making every excuse to use pretty journals and paper! haha

      November 2, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Mary Leigh

    These are great ideas! It can be really helpful to have something like this to actually take time to write things out. It’s also really good to go back and reflect on to measure your progress and update goals!

    October 31, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I totally agree! I never thought it would help me out so much 🙂

      November 2, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Chelsey

    This is great I have so many journals I should use them for often! Lol

    November 1, 2017 at 3:00 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Me too! I am always buying pretty journals so they all have a different use lol

      November 2, 2017 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Laina Turner

    I’m a firm believer that all goals need to be in writing to be more meaningful.

    November 2, 2017 at 10:25 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Absolutely! It’s the perfect way to hold yourself accountable.

      November 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Casey

    Awesome idea! I love journaling but never thought of doing it about my job. Great way to reflect and make goals!

    November 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Sounds like fun, right? I love journaling too so it’s great to switch it up every so often 🙂

      November 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    I love this idea! I used to journal quite often but never considered a career journal. This post came at the most perfect time for me! Thank you!

    November 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Yay I’m so glad! Have fun career journaling 🙂

      November 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Mattie

    I’ve started journaling recently and I’ve noticed such a difference in my mindset!

    November 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      It’s amazing, right?! Keep going with it!

      November 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Melissa Javan

    This is such a good idea! I’ve been thinking about about doing this but didn’t know how. Thank you for sharing the guidelines.

    November 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Great! I am so glad this will help you 🙂

      November 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

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