Personal research for career map mindmap.
Ideal professional self – This shows how I would like to see myself, what words I would like others to use to describe me in a professional capacity.
Good organisational skills. Team builder. Vision. Leader. Broad knowledge base. Open minded. Hard working. Eager to learn. Experimental. Pushes the boundaries. Work/life balanced. Encouraging. Supportive.
Ideal client or company.
A work driven but rewarding company. Willing to enable the flow & ebb of creative work. It would recognise hard work but be willing to understand that creativity isn’t on tap. Work life balance is important. Good working space, remote working facility.
I greatly admire people such as Sir Richard Branson, Tom Crean, Elon Musk, Dame Ellen MacArthur among others.
Execution Strategy – This is a roadmap or strategy for how I intend to get to the goals I have set for myself.
Mind map goes here maybe.
Education & investment in myself.
Along with my diploma in graphic design I have been seeking out personal or live projects to gain some real world experience. I have been attending seminars on topics such as Cloud & Your Business in Croke Park, The global design conference Offset 2017, participation in the Shopify Partner Program which is aimed at boosting knowledge of building online eCommerce platforms.
I have also applied for a springboard course in Dublin Business School on Digital Marketing but if this is not successful I plan to partake in a series of targeted learning programs including:
- Digital Marketing
- Web Design
- Motion Graphics for web marketing
- Email marketing techniques
- Membership in the IDI
The list of desired strengths or talents include:
- Web design
- Digital marketing
- Publication design
- Web banners / motion graphics
- Digital newsletters & eMarketing
- Video production
- Art Direction (Dream Job)
Current top strengths.
Good idea generation or vision. Experience. The ability to bring people together in a team. Photography. Personality / people skills. Open minded. Good communication skills.
Limits or boundries.
Illustration. Stop motion. Best business practices & codes of conduct. Pricing.
Simplicity – Fun – Clarity – Discretion – Reliability – Support
The big WHY. – Why do I want to do the work that I am aiming for.
I love to create, I also love to find creative solutions to problems. I love to help people.
3-9 months: Complete Diploma. Lay solid plans for gaining more experience over the summer & into the winter. Set goals for a course of study to fill the gaps in my knowledge base.
1-3 years: Continue following my study plan. Enter industry through either internship, placement, job or personal projects / commissions. I would like to work on personal projects that stretch my talents into areas I have little experience in. For example, I have plans to shoot a 30sec promotional video for a national event organiser. I have never shot video so this would be pushing my boundary out quite a bit but would give me experience in the whole process of planning, art direction& post production.
3-5 Years +
My dream job / career would be one of art direction. Pulling together a team of creatives to suit projects of differing types.
The above headings were taken from Research behind career mapping. http://www.prolificliving.com/mindmaps-for-career-planning/
As a task, we were asked to compile a database of contacts to prepare for setting up a business. Below is a screenshot of my database, I did not want to upload a pdf for privacy reasons.