Let your imagination run wild. No holds barred. Imagine that you can be anything you want to be. There are no limitations. Don't consider practicality, required education or what your father would say. Then write a paragraph indicating what you would do. Create a scenario of your ideal job.
For example, former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, when asked to share a career fantasy, said he liked to be the chief executive of Ben & Jerry's and develop new flavors like Congressional Fudge. General John Shalikashvili provided this fantasy, "To own a country hardware store and sit outside in the sun with my blue apron waiting for a customer to come by. To rummage through little bins looking for a particular bolt a customer might want and once found, go back out to my bench in the sun".
This exercise is intended to give you an opportunity to discover motivations hidden within your fantasy. Identifying personal qualities (goals, interests, values) that drive your fantasies can provide valuable information that may not have been tapped from other self-assessment inventories you may have taken.
Even though you may choose not to pursue an outside-the-ordinary profession, this exercise allows you to stretch the boundaries of what might interest or excite you and provides added information that can be factored into whatever career decision you make, whether it is an non-traditional career or a familiar profession.
PICTURE YOURSELF IN THIS IDEAL SITUATION
The decisions you make regarding a future career will in fact determine the extent to which your fantasy will become a reality for you. Rehearse your ideal career in your mind. Remember, people move in the direction of their dominant thoughts and images.
You can adjust your decisions or rearrange your career direction by changing your thoughts and the associated pictures in your mind. As you continue to determine your best career path, remember to keep dreaming, keep thinking, keep fantasizing.
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