Visualizing Your Career

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Using the process of visualization, students will start to identify preferred aspects of their ideal career.

Summary

  • Students will be introduced to the concept of visualization as a career planning tool
  • Students will learn about and identify various factors that they want in their ideal career

Setting the Stage

Research suggests that visualization is a powerful tool in achieving one’s goals and aspirations. Brain studies have demonstrated that thoughts can produce the same mental instructions as actions. Visualization prepares the brain for actual performance. It is why athletes use visualization to improve their performance.

The act of visualizing a possible future career can help students get a good sense of what it is they want from their career and their life. It is important to have done research in advance on occupational considerations (i.e., occupations that one is considering pursuing) so that one knows what they entail. In other words, you can’t visualize something you know very little about. 

Materials & Preparation

  • Access to a computer with Internet

  • Visualization Exercise Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]

  • Visualization Exercise Exit Slip Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]

What To Do

  • In this activity, teachers will guide students into visualizing a career that is of interest to them.

  • To introduce students to meditation and visualization, teachers could show students the following short, guided meditation YouTube video: KIDS MEDITATION - SQUARE BREATHING (Focus & Calm) (2:36 min.)

  • Students should follow the actions as described in the video.

  • Prior to engaging in the visualization activity, teachers should have students research occupations suited to their skills and interests in order to narrow down their occupational considerations

  • The following Let’s Talk Science career lesson plans could be used to facilitate students’ consideration of careers that may be of interest to them:

  • When ready to do the visualization activity, teachers can begin by having students get into a comfortable position. Depending on the school setting, this could involve lying on mats or sitting comfortably in a chair. Students should close their eyes while engaged in this activity.

  • Students should be encouraged to think about the jobs they are truly able to do and would enjoy most. This will help them narrow their search and focus their visualization.

  • Teachers can then read the script from the Visualization Exercise Reproducible. 

  • Teachers could ask any students who want to do so, to share their feelings about the visualization activity.

  • To conclude this activity, teachers could provide students with the Visualization Exercise Exit Slip Reproducible.

 

Let’s Talk Science appreciates the work and contributions of Jacintha Antonio, University of Manitoba in the development of this lesson.

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Assessment

  • Teachers could keep anecdotal records of students’ participation.

  • Teachers could provide students with the Visualization Exercise Exit Slip Reproducible to complete. 

Assessment

  • Teachers could keep anecdotal records of students’ participation.

  • Teachers could provide students with the Visualization Exercise Exit Slip Reproducible to complete. 

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