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!
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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