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Appendix B: Visualization
Sometimes, visualizing your future can help you to get a full sense of what it is you want from your career. Make sure
you have done plenty of research so your visualization is as accurate as possible.
Find a quiet, comfortable space where you can go through the exercise without interruption. You might read through
the exercise first then imagine it or record yourself reading the visualization so that you can shut your eyes and listen to
each step (LINK TO OUR RECORDING?). Some students find meditation music useful as they relax: YouTube has an
Begin by finding a comfortable position. Shut your eyes and take a few calming breaths in and out. Picture yourself on a
path. Imagine the scenery: what do you see? Listen - what do you hear? Is their water nearby? Perhaps you hear the
rustling of leaves. Take a deep breath - what do you smell? Feel the path beneath your feet as you continue down the
path, taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Further ahead you see that your path is forked, splitting in more than
Take the first path. It leads to your first option. You are walking towards your workplace. Where are you working?
Imagine the location. Who are you working with? Imagine how you might interact with your colleagues. You are going to
begin your day – what does that feel like? Go over your day in your head. Imagine who you will speak to, what you will
do. Imagine yourself doing multiple tasks. What problems do you have to solve today? Focus on the way this feels for
you at each point. Take a few moments to fully imagine your experience of your day.
It is the end of the day and you are heading back to the path again, walking back towards the fork in the road. As you
walk, consider how this career fits into the rest of your life. Consider how you feel coming home after a day in this
career. How does this career fit into the wider context of how your life will be? If this is important for your decision
making, reflect on how your relationships and other values fit with this career.
As you return to the fork, take the second path, leading you towards your second option. You are now starting your day
in that occupation, heading towards your workplace. What does it feel like to be in that occupation? What are you
wearing? Who do you say hello to as you start your day? Consider how this feels. Think about what is on your plate
today, what you need to accomplish. Begin your work, taking yourself through the tasks you would face. What is your
main goal today? Focus on how this feels in your body and in your mind. Take a moment and continue through your day,
imagining the experience in as much detail as possible.
As your work day comes to an end, head back to the path. With each step, reflect on how it feels to finish this day in this
occupation. What is your life like? Imagine the important pieces of your decision, whether it is your family, friends, or
the experiences you value outside of work.
Look at the fork in the road: are there more options for you to explore? If you need to, take a third path. What does this
next job look like? Take your time moving through this new day. How does this feel? What does the location look like?
Fully experience your day, imagining each specific piece: each task, each problem, each person. What tools do you use?
What impact do you have? Take some time to imagine this career path in detail, concentrating on your reactions and
Your day is finishing up and you begin to head back to the path, reflecting on how this feels. What is it like to come
home from this option? What is your life like?
You are back at the path. At this time, if you see further options, take the time to explore them in turn. When you are
ready, take a few deep, calming breaths. Allow the path to slip away. Open your eyes.