“You mean, like a Bucket List?” asked my son.
“That’s a great idea!” I exclaimed so on the first day of summer break, we created a Summer 2011 Bucket List. What I love about this list is that the kids didn’t see it as a “things to do before I die”, which is one commonly interpreted version of The List. Instead, it was more of a “these would be great things to learn/do this summer”. The timeline was less intimidating and the end result wasn’t death.
Their perspective really helped me reframe the way I look at bucket lists. I used to view the items on the list as once-in-a-lifetime accomplishments with a personal emphasis. Now, with this slight tweak in perspective, I realized that someone can have different types of bucket lists. . .and different time horizons in which to fill the bucket as well.
This line of thinking brings me to a new place altogether: The Career Bucket List.
It occurs to me that for most people, this particular bucket list likely has many check marks, as well as strikethroughs. Some of the “to do” items were accomplished (“gain supervisory experience”), others shelved (“attend the Thunderbird School of Management”) and still others remain on the list, as beacons of what can be (“start my own business”).
What does your Career Bucket List look like? Does it represent the work life you envisioned at the start of your career? Or something different altogether? In either case, does it represent you to your satisfaction? It’s not too late to modify your bucket list, or even create a new one altogether.
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