Superstars founder Steve Hutson recently spotted a great post via Lifehacker.com about creating a Career Master Plan using Mind Maps. “I love any kind of method for helping talent get roles,” says Steve. “Mind Mapping, NLP, courses, networking and of course talking to friends are all excellent ways of thinking out of the box to get your next job, which is the key.”
When Steve meets with Superstars Talent for the first time he often asks them to sketch out a career plan in the form of a rough Mind Map. It is a great way to brainstorm ideas and can reveal some surprising connections and possibilities.
“In this confusing world of recruitment consultants that care or don’t care, huge portals that are just virtual filing cabinets of CVs collecting dust, or dehumanising social media sites, using any kind of technique that defines who you are or what you are looking for is a massive help in going in the right direction to find your ideal role.”
Mind Mapping is a simple technique for visualising interconnected ideas, popularised by Tony Buzan in the 1970s. A Mind Map begins with a central idea and then one can show ideas related to it radiating out from that centre, joined to it by a line.
Looking at each new idea in turn can make each one sprout its own branches of sub-ideas or related topics. It is a great way to take notes and also to visualise a problem or brainstorm a solution. There is a good introduction to Mind Maps here which shows the basic concepts.
What this article suggests is to use a mind map to take the idea of the ‘ideal career‘ and branch off from what the author calls the “Foundational pillars” of that role. These include:
- Current role
- Career hopes and dreams in the short or long term.
- Any identifiable limits and boundaries
- Ideal client or employer
- Execution strategies
- Role models
… and basically anything else that could be an important factor. Linking these to the Mind Map will likely spark other ideas, forcing one to expand on them or break them down to their component parts.
The nodes of an individual’s Mind Map don’t have to be single words. They can expand on them as much as they like or even draw a picture if it makes it clearer.
“Anything that makes you think in more detail about what you need for your next role is good, ” says Steve. “Doing these techniques can reveal some surprises and help you get your priorities straight. You may find Money will be low on your list, for example, whereas learning and environment will be on the top.”
“Have fun, spend 20 minutes and change your career or even your life.”
- Impressive new mind mapping software magazine launched (mindmappingsoftwareblog.com)
- Superstars Founder Steve Hutson Talks Digital Legacy (prweb.com)