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A glimpse on career planning and work-life balance

A glimpse on career planning and work-life balanceImage Credit: Supplied

Looking for your dream job? Are you really doing all the right research? Do you know exactly what your daily work routine will entail? How much work will you be doing at home? What are the different hats that you may have to wear and the different roles that you have to play?

Informational interviews are a great way to get a true picture of what your desired career entails in the real world. But there is another way to evaluate a job and what is best for you and your life: vision boards.

Some people swear by vision boards for helping make their dreams come true; others dismiss them as wishful thinking. Vision boards, however, can be greatly impactful if they are used as part of a goal-setting system.

Most people think of vision boards as simple collages – images on a poster board that are all about fantasy. But vision boards can work beyond simple affirmations of a future you want. They can be part of a self-awareness and goal-setting system.


If you create a vision board that includes different dimensions of your life – career, family and personal areas – this can inspire you to aspire. But if you also create a board that depicts things as they are now, and a bridging board that helps you analyse how to get from here to there, you have a realistic plan for advancement and change.

This system includes three boards to help you analyse what you need to do, why you want to do it and what it will really look like. It helps you understand how your career impacts the rest of your life, what is really important for you in all areas of your life, and how well your dream job reflects the life you want to live.

Handy Hints:

• Consider all aspects of your life when planning your career

• Create a vision board depicting the career that you hope for

• Make a board showing how your job will affect rest of your life

Find out why the right job matters more than you think

Source: Oksana Tashakova, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Personal Branding Expert, Wealth Dynamics Unlimited