By Rachelle Lappinen
Vision boards can be a great way to find direction in your job search. Whether you already know what you are looking for and just need clarification, or if you are unsure, vision boards can help bring it all together – essentially, connect the dots between your interest and your career aspirations. Vision boards can also help to re-invent your career. If you are considering a career transition, exploring your interests through browsing magazine pictures and phrases often can lead to a-ha moments.
Creating a vision board is easy. There are many websites, software, templates, but I prefer the old fashion method of magazines, scissors, glue and a poster board:
- Collage your images – Start with magazines and cut out pictures that mean something to you and meaningful phrases that speak to your heart. There is no right or wrong. You could look for pictures of your occupation, pictures of the activities you like to do or pictures of places you would like to go. I would also suggest that you look for pictures and phrases that represent your values .
- Arrange pictures and words – On a poster board, arrange the pictures and phrases – You could start with your ultimate goal in the middle. Another possibility is to separate the board into sections, with 3 month, 6 month, and yearlong goals. Again, there is no right or wrong. My vision board has a center piece of a cheetah which represents strength to me. After I selected my images, I found my theme was of health – through yoga, meditation and nature. At first, I selected only pictures, which speaks to my preferred visual learning style. After, I selected words to communicate my message. My theme speaks communicates my desire to look at the whole person during my career counseling sessions.
- Glue your picture – Once you have the pictures laid out, and your phrases added, glue these to your board.
- Display – Display the board in a place you will see it often. For me, I posted mine in my kitchen near the door I go out each day. I stop and look at my vision board a few times a day – making sure I am staying true to my goals.
Finally, when I hold vision board workshops, it is amazing how many people find the actual process of making a vision board to be calming and relaxing. Once you finish your vision board, don’t stop there. Continue collecting images and phrases. Add to your board. Make a new board. Keep your visions alive and active.
I would love to hear about your experiences with creating and using vision boards.
By day, Rachelle, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdCO. By night, Rachelle provided career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children.