As the Internet becomes increasingly more complicated and confusing, some turn to “digital curators” to help them sift through available information and select findings to identify meaningful patterns. This helps you get to the “meat of the matter” more quickly and easily, and focus on using new information and insights to your best advantage.
Think about how useful it would be to curate your professional journey, accomplishments, experiences, and skills to get to the heart of what is most important to you, and to be able to focus on applying it all to new areas. Too often we wander off our own paths, distracted by comparing ourselves to others or the latest and greatest new ideas. We lose track of our own passions and truths, intent on pursuing what is more important to others.
Organizing, sifting through, and selecting what is most meaningful and relevant to you from your career path will often reveal themes, purposes, and ideas, which continue to recur, even when you are not conscious of their presence. Stepping back to see the patterns and to organize the learning can help you remember your own truth and clarify your desires. Partnering with an insightful friend can add even more dimension to interpreting what you might learn and what might be revealed.
Take the opportunity to become your own “career-journey curator” and begin to find the hidden harmonies in your professional experience.
- Curate your journey. Identify the major themes, turning points, learning, and themes that define your personal truth and purpose. To do this, draw a visual map of your career, highlighting the successes, dips, joys, and challenges, and look for patterns to identify the “must haves” and “must avoids” as you move forward.
- Apply your themes. Integrate your new insights to increase your success today, and to make every professional situation, even challenging ones, better. For example, if you realize that when you work with creative people, you feel great, look for opportunities in your current job or new opportunities to surround yourself with creative powerhouses.
- Consider new possibilities. Explore new opportunities based on what your themes tell you about yourself and who you are now. To help guide you, write a dream-job description that incorporates all of your new insights about what will help you be most successful: What will you do? How will you do it? Now, start to look for opportunities that are more like your dream-job description.