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Inspired Career Choices

Creative Life Mapping Process

Creative Life Mapping supports people of all ages with making well-informed and inspired career choices. By taking time to reflect on personal values and life experiences, people develop a stronger sense of identity, confidence, hope, and direction for their lives. Career and personal plans are supported by wellness and career skills which are incorporated in the services.

This Creative Life mapping process starts by engaging people with a series of questions about their background and current situation. This is followed by a guided process of personal clarification, intentional exploration, planning and inspired action. Here are the steps:

1. What’s Next for Me? Creative Life Mapping engages with people at any age or stage in life by learning about their current situation to get a picture of their needs and desires as a foundation for working


2. Personal & Life Clarification supports people in identifying life values, desires, strengths, interests, and possibilities. By engaging in a variety of experiential self-reflection activities, people are able to clarify what is important in their current life. Activities include storytelling, creative projects and games which serve as a foundation for future planning. People are able to prepare a “clarification sketch” and define current goals.

3. Intentional Exploration With greater personal clarity, people are able to research, explore and try out academic, career, and enrichment opportunities. Intentional exploration activities include such things as researching schools, organizations, career “window-shopping”, networking with people, informational interviewing, job shadowing, engaging in community service projects, and participating in job, volunteer and internship opportunities. This way, people and gain insight and exposure to professionals in the field.

4. Career Academic and Financial Planning helps people to set short- and longer-term goals for their academic, career and financial plans. For academic planning, it includes such activities as planning coursework, selecting a major, developing a college list, identifying needed supports, and completing applications. For career and job planning, it involves setting aside time to prepare a resume and Linked-In profile, research organizations, meet people, apply for jobs and prepare and participate in interviews.

Financial planning includes budgeting, researching economical programs, applying for aid and scholarships.

5. Inspired Action With career and academic plans in place, people are able to take actions to move forward confidently with their goals, plans and timelines.

6. Transitional Support Following acceptance to college and or employment, Creative Life Mapping supports people in making important life transitions by finding needed support systems and resources.

7. Career, Academic & Wellness Resources help people to be successful in school and work by supporting them with academic, social, emotional and career development skills. Examples of resources include: study skills, tutoring, financial literacy, mentorship, application supports, resume building, interviewing practice, job placement referrals, job skills and readiness, time management and training opportunities.

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