The phrase “Bucket List” applies to everything you want to achieve before you die (Kick the Bucket). It is a wish list of experiences and achievements you hope to accomplish within your lifetime. However, a career bucket list applies to everything you want to achieve on the course of your career before reaching retirement age. A career is a person’s occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progression through working, learning and development.
For some people, retirement age comes in their 30s, while for others it’s the 60s or official government retirement age. To be honest, no one can decide that for you. It’s your life, and you have the right to spend it however you wish to. You have the right to choose your career, your workplace, and your path. Don’t be dictated to. You may now be wondering how to draw up your career bucket list. Here are few tips which will help you.
Dream Big –
Nothing is impossible. If you want a career whereby you are travelling around the world, do not think it is impossible. You might also have dreamt of working overseas in your favorite city (Paris, Tokyo, New York, London, etc.In order to); become the CEO by 40; launch a business; be an inventor or an author.
Be Deliberate –
To get that job which enables you to travel around the world, you will need to decide which organisations and professions offer that opportunity. We now live in a globalised working environment, so this is easily realised.
Career Management Skills –
Your career progression is your responsibility and not always your employers. Developing career management skills will help you reflect on your current position; inform you on when to move on from a job with little/no prospects for career progression; or acquire additional training or certification to make you eligible for a promotion when it arises; and finally research as well as understand the labour market to make informed decisions on career change.
Clear Career Goals-
Having career management skills should help in formulating clear career goals. If its flexible working hours you want or to work from home, put it down on your list. If you want to change your country of residence yearly, note that down too. Ideally, you might need to work with an international/multinational company for this dream to become a reality.
Another Language –
If you are considering working in another country outside of your home country or continent, it might be best for you to start learning other languages. For instance, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic are official languages of many countries and some regions worldwide. Speaking another language also adds extra value to your career path setting you ahead of your colleagues.
The phrase “your network is your net worth” should never be underrated. Make friends within your industry as well as those that are complimentary. You just never know when you will need a favour. Join relevant groups on social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Also get involved in conversations with others on platforms such as Twitter and Medium. Read my article on networking here.
Keep Moving –
Don’t be too comfortable in your current position, always strive to be better while aiming to advance in your career. The only person you should be competing with is yourself and with this attitude, the world is truly your oyster. Assess your skills and knowledge, examine where there’s a gap, get equipped now before it’s too late. You never know when that fantastic career opportunity will arrive which requires it.
Be Visible –
After compiling your career bucket list, do make it visible. Place on your kitchen fridge or in your bedroom, ideally next to your vision board if you have one. Let it inspire you to keep moving forward and getting better. You will have those down, unfilled moments, this is the time you will need it the most.
To be honest, life is too short to live as a mediocre especially if you are currently not satisfied in your current employment. Get help from your employer, colleague, HR Consultants, friends, family, and partner if need be.