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Career Challenge - Picture Your Best Day At Work Ever

Before, applying for a new job, it's a great idea to visualise what your dream job looks like in all it's day to day detail. Sometimes we take jobs on that sound great in theory but the day to day reality looks a little bit different.

You might think you really, really want to be an International Travel Consultant, only to find that when you visualise it , the day to day problem solving you have to sort out regarding Covid 19 travel restrictions gives you a raging head-ache.

To combat taking on a job that sounds good in theory but isn't for you in practice, the following activity may be helpful.

Your challenge is to imagine your best day at work ever.

Now, I don’t want you to limit yourself at all. Remember this is not real life. If your fantasy day at work includes interviewing Brad Pitt for a national magazine or acting in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, that’s fine. I want you to write this down and keep it in a safe place (or if you want to get really into it, dig a hole in your backyard and bury it and then dig it up in 10 years’ time and see how much came true).

Then compare your fantasy to a visualisation of the role you are going for and see how well they match.

Example One:

Fantasy Work Day: Strutting into work, to work with an international fashion design team to create the next run-way spectacular. Morning - meeting with high profile clients who will wear our designs on the next awards circuit and then spending the afternoon, pulling sketching the designs and sourcing materials.

Job Applying For: Tailor at a local company doing clothing alterations. The work will be mostly hands on, taking up hemlines, patching holes and taking client measurements.

Reality Check: Oh, actually I don't really like the hands on sewing stuff. I prefer the design side of things, drawing the designs and deciding on the fabric options. Maybe I should apply for the role, drafting patterns for the local kids clothing line instead.

You get me?

Feel free to share your own fantasy below.

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