The Career Canvas - Getting started
In a previous post, I've described the need to find out what it is that you actually want to do in your professional life.
This is, of course, one of the most difficult things that we do as people living in modern societies. The possibilities are many, so many even that often times it feels like they are endless - and overwhelmingly so. (This is a real thing -there's even a word for when we freeze up due to having too many choices; check it out if you want to, it's called Analysis Paralysis.) But to make no choices, to stay open to all possibilities, is extremely inefficient. Only by making choices can we exclude what we don't want from our lives and pursue those things that we do want. So, in this post I thought I'd share with you a tool I've made to facilitate the making of some big choices that will have a positive impact on your future career. *** You might have heard about the Business Model Canvas, the Lean Canvas, or the Team Canvas; all of these are simple but useful strategic tools in business development. Inspired by these I've started to put together my own Canvases, which I've been using when teaching students about the professional possibilities that are created in the digital era.
Below, I'll share the "Career Canvas" with you, and will run you through how you can use it.
In short, the Career Canvas is a tool that helps you to define your professional preferences, in eight different areas. By defining these preferences, your career path will become clearer to you, and your profile will stand out better in the marketplace, making you more attractive to recruiters, prospective employers, or business partners. You can use the picture below as a reference, or if you prefer, you can download the Canvas as a PDF here.
In the next blog post, we'll get into the first field of the Canvas, Operative or Strategist.