Mapping out Career Ambitions

‘A Simple Way to Map Out Your Career Ambitions’ available here: is a great article to complement with my recently published short article on ‘The Art of Self-Transformation’. The author, Marc Effron, argues that just like we input current and desired locations into google maps to go from point A to B, we would need to do the same when mapping out our future careers.

As outlined in the article, the two key steps are: 1) Determining the current state – from and the desired state – to. 2) Acquiring the relevant experiences and creating a ‘personal experience map’. Two great examples of from/to statements are included in the article and from those it can be inferred that, other than being simple, direct and realistic, from/to statements need to clearly illustrate the current state and the desired choice. In addition to that, the author references the 70-20-10 model as a formula to acquire knowledge. The model, created in the 1980s, holds that 70 percent of individuals knowledge comes from job-related experiences, 20 percent from interactions with others, and 10 percent from formal education. The best way to identify relevant experiences is to speak with industry leaders and gather their insights on not only the required skills and experiences but also their lessons learnt and their journey to the top.

Lastly, just like you input location of origin and that of destination into google maps to move from point A to point B, you too would need to build a map that, at a minimum, identifies your point of origin (from) and that of destination (to) to grow and achieve your career ambitions. In addition, the map should include relevant experiences, skills and networking opportunities to foster personal growth.

Please visit this link to read my short article on ‘The Art of Self-Transformation’ which outlines ten simple points to navigate the process of specifying your current state and getting to your preferred destination.

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