Writing a Career Mission Statement
By Catherine Rains, M.S.
In my previous post, I discussed the first steps to take in the career development journey. In our next meeting, Priscilla will share the career mission statement she has written. I will share this in another post, so in the meantime let me show you this gem of an exercise and discuss ways you might use it for coaching clients and advising students.
Exercise Instructions for Clients or Students
Step 1: The middle two letters of your four-letter MBTI type describe what you most value, and represent the core of who you are. Check the two-letter combination below that matches your MBTI preferences and circle the description beside it:
ST Getting it right, accuracy, precision, efficiency, pragmatic use of details
SF Providing practical service to others, making people’s lives better in concrete ways
NF Making a meaningful difference in people’s lives, helping people to fulfill their potential
NT Developing global systems, mastering knowledge, high standards of competence
Step 2: Each of the six Strong General Occupational Themes (GOTs) also describes a primary motivator or a value that is important to you. Check the Theme or Themes below as indicated by your Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) Profile and circle the statement beside each one:
Realistic (R) Using hands-on skills to produce tangible results
Investigative (I): Analyzing information to probe questions of intellectual curiosity
Artistic (A): Expressing one’s self in the creation of art or appreciation of beauty
Social (S): Helping others know, grow, change, and get along for the betterment of humanity
Enterprising (E): Persuading others of the merits of an idea or product; dedication to organizational goals
Conventional (C): Organizing information and bringing order to data/things in order to make decisions
Step 3: Combine the statements you’ve circled (one from your MBTI preferences and two, or three from your Strong Theme code) into one sentence that answers these questions:
- What is most important to you about work?
- What do you value most about what you do?
- What do you want to accomplish through your work?
Practitioner: The key to this exercise is giving your clients or students only a short amount of time to write this statement, about 5 minutes. You’re looking for the first thing that comes to them.
How can you use this exercise? I’ve seen this exercise incorporated into many parts of the career counseling process, from beginning to end. For instance, it can be used as a starting point for bringing together clients’ or students’ MBTI and Strong results to reveal how their interests and personality fit together to describe where they want to focus their search and/or professional development.
Clients or students can also use the statement they create as a three-minute elevator speech when describing what they offer to potential employers, or as a jumping-off point for writing their summary statement for their resume or professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. It can also be used as a tool to support freshmen and sophomores during the process of choosing a major. So many possibilities! How can you see using it?
Next, I’ll share Priscilla’s career mission statement.
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