You Need a Career Bucket List

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Aug 4, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Why you need more than a “general bucket list”…

People often scribble down all sorts of things on their lists: rafting down the Colorado River, skydiving, or writing a book. But, usually they don’t put together a bucket list for their career, something that’s a good idea to do while in college.

Why is having any kind of bucket list important? When we put down on paper things that matter to us, we’re acknowledging what were once only thoughts floating around in our minds are now concrete goals to reach.

Not everything on a long career bucket list might be possible to do or obtain in one lifetime–and that’s okay. But as you find yourself checking off completed items, you’ll have a sense of satisfaction. A bucket list may serve as your “career compass”, guiding you in the right direction.

If you’re a recent grad, take a few moments of uninterrupted time to think about what is important to you in your career future. List those in order of importance, or randomly, whichever you prefer. What items could you begin to investigate right now? Once you get started, you’ll find the momentum to continue down your list. If you are stuck looking for ideas, try looking for other career options here.

Constructing a career bucket list is essential to realizing valuable wants and needs you’re harboring–some conscious–others hidden.  Let’s say you’ve just graduated with a degree in an area you hope will sustain you for a long while. For just a moment, disregard your degree and ask this question: “if I could do anything right now, what job would I want?” What is it about that job do you gravitate to, what’s interesting? Write that down on your list. It’s going to be something you’ll look for when you start applying for jobs.

Bucket lists are great tools to assist in fulfilling your career dreams. Start your own career bucket list today!


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