First of all, take some time to think about your professional career so far. Take a piece of paper (or use Microsoft Word or Powerpoint) to draw your ‘professional lifeline’. Mark important points in your working life as ‘ups’ and ‘downs’. Describe why you consider the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ as such.
Tip: Take notes in different colours to give you a better overview.
The following questions might help you:
When you are finished, have a look at the result and answer the following questions for yourself:
This exercise allows you to reflect on milestones you experienced throughout your professional career and to have a glance at the future. Furthermore, this professional lifeline should give you an idea about what brings joy (‘ups’) to your career, what you consider as challenging (‘downs’) and what resources for support are available to prevent future challenges from pushing you downwards.