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  • Using Mind Maps and Networkingin Career PlanningOR:

    How to make effective use of your brain and the people around you to discover your ideal job and then get it!

    Jonathan Wolff

    Careers AdviserLoughborough University

  • What I intend to cover:Brief introduction to Mind MappingPurpose and conceptGeneral applications (e.g. study skills)

    Applications of Mind Mapping to career research/planning

    Applying Mind Mapping to developing a network of contactsA practical exercise

    Developing a networking strategyEmphasis on networking as a two-way processNetworking DOs and DONTs

    Resources on Mind Mapping & networking

  • Mind Mapping

    Dynamic method of recording information & ideas

    Developed by psychologist Tony Buzan - early 1970s

    Mirrors the brains processes

    Makes more efficient use of the brain than normal linear methods of taking notes and recording ideas

  • Mind Mapping Personal experience of its value

    Over last 30+ yrs its helped me, amongst other things, to:

    Overcome very slow hand-writing in taking notes

    Improve revision leading to better exam results Plan strategy as head of a university department

    Plan successful bids for five government funded projects

    Succeed in ALL my applications/interviews over last 20 years

    Learn long speeches from Shakespeare

  • Developing a Mind Map The four essential characteristics:The main topic is summarised as a central image, word or phrase

    The main themes radiate from the central image as branches

    Branches comprise of a key word, image or topic presented on an associated line - they divide out into further higher level sub branches

    Branches and sub-branches form a connected structure.

  • A Mind Map makes use of: Colour - used to differentiate areas of the Mind Map

    Visual images - used to illustrate different themes/topics - Small images can capture complex memories/feelings - These aid the process of memory and recall

  • Advantages of Mind Maps over linear methods in recording information/ideas:A large number of complex ideas can be compressed into a single page

    They are created in an organic and flexible way - Links can be drawn between any items or sections - New ideas can be added in any direction this makes them good for brainstormingThey mirror the way in which the brain works - They can incorporate: colour/visual images/compressed ideasSO - They are easier to memorise/recall than a linear list - They give very personal access to feelings/thoughts/memories

  • VERY MANY Applications to learning & planning, including:Note taking in lectures etc.

    Planning assignments & presentations - Proven technique for dyslexics - Mind Mapping software will turn mind maps into structured, linear, Word and PowerPoint documents

    Putting together exam revision notes

    Group brainstorming & strategic planning tasks

    Linking to other creative techniques - Memorising notes, speeches etc.

  • Applying Mind Maps to career planning and job hunting

    They provide an excellent way of organising your ideas about yourself on paper

    This can be useful at all stages of the career planning or job hunting process.

  • Using Mind Maps for career planning & research MANY APPLICATIONS, E.G.:

    Creating a picture of your knowledge of yourself - The starting point for understanding what careers will suit you

    Brainstorming career ideas & how youll research them

    Mapping out contacts who can help you (more later!)

    Writing action plans

  • Using Mind Maps for job hunting1. Written Applications Brainstorming evidence of your competencies, when preparing your CVs and Application Forms

    Planning the content of a covering Letter or section of an Application Form

    Mapping out the structure of a CV - Mind mapping software enables you to turn mind maps into structured Word documents

  • Using Mind Maps for job hunting2. Interview Preparation Mapping out an interview presentation Preparing an overall picture of yourself related to the job - Skills, interests, experience etc.

    Preparing answers to specific interview questions e.g.: - What can you offer to this job? - Why are you applying this job?

    Memorising Mind Maps will make it easier to recall information/answers in the interview

  • Using Mind Maps for networking Brainstorming lists of potential networks and contacts you can use for researching options

    Planning a networking strategy

    Preparing for networking interviews

    Mapping networking outcomes

  • It is the most effective way of getting realistic information & advice about career opportunities and jobs

    Networking referrals will typically generate 80% more replies than a cold call

    Every person you meet has 200 250 people with whom they connect who can potentially assist you

    Anyone that you might want to meet or contact in the world, is only five to six people contacts away from you

    70 80 % of all jobs are found through networking

    If we become good at it, this will enable us to be effective in every aspect of our lives (e.g. employment, leisure activities, supporting family)

    HOWEVER, STATISTICS SHOW: Only one in ten people is actually comfortable in striking up a relationship with a complete strangerBenefits of career networking

  • Identifying contacts If you want to develop new contacts, think of all the networks you have belonged to: Your extended family The schools, colleges, universities you have attended Clubs, societies, organisations you have been a member of Places that you have worked Your partners or children's networks of friends Other Networks?

    All the above could give access to many contacts Some will have formal networks All individual contacts will have many contacts of their own

  • Mind mapping exercise

    Think of at least two career areas you want to research

    Produce a mind-map like the example in 10 minutes: It will be rough, without colours or diagrams Aim is to get 25 contacts/organisations you could follow up Note: people in non-graduate jobs can have many contacts (e.g. the hairdresser in the example mind map) Prize to 1st group of four with 100 contacts between them!

    In the next few weeks develop a proper mind map

  • A power that comes from a spirit of giving and sharing

    An organised way of creating links from people we know to people they know for a specific purpose

    Giving, contributing to and supporting others without keeping score

    Fostering self-help and the exchange of information

    Ensuring the right to ask a favour without hooks

    Networking definitions (Jon Warner) these all Focus on building relationships

  • Using contacts in everyday life Are you good at networking and using contacts?

    You have probably used networking already in: Choosing and finding jobs and courses Carrying out your work effectively Finding a plumber, electrician etc. Planning social activities for yourself and/or family Making expensive purchases: car/computer/holiday etc.

    If youve done any of the above Youll be able to get advice on planning a career

  • Likes to do most things by him/herself

    Doesnt want to bother or worry other people

    Feels his/her knowledge and skills are often superior to most people

    Only asks for help as a last resort (and when it may be too late

    Networking consequences for people of this type:

    - Unable to benefit from Networking at all!

    Four networking types (Warner)1. Loner

  • Tries to make a friend of everyone she/he meets

    Tends to know peoples names/faces but not what they do

    Is not normally systematic or ordered about follow-up contact is random

    May not listen too deeply and is quick to move on

    Networking consequences for people of this type:

    - Knows little of substance about personal skills and resources so is Unable to share skills

    - Networking is random, following little or no formal contact systemFour networking types (Warner)2. Socialiser

  • Is likely to collect business cards without really connecting with people

    Tries to make sales or pitches on the first encounter

    Talks and focuses on own agenda rather than to gather information

    Has superficial interactions

    Keeps score when giving favours

    Networking consequences for people of this type:

    - Creates little benefit for themselves or others

    - Creates a bad impression gives networking a bad name!Four networking types (Warner)3. User

  • Has a giving disposition or abundance mentality

    Is generally happy to ask others for help or guidance

    Listens and learns about people carefully

    Is regularly on the look-out for useful information from which others can also benefit

    Has a well ordered and organised networking system

    Networking consequences for people of this type:

    - Takes a long-term perspective on relationships with others; thinks more about what he/she can give or offer than about the return

    - Is someone whom others really want to network with! Four n