<ul><li>Using Mind Maps and Networking </li></ul><ul><li>in Career Planning </li></ul><ul><li>OR: </li></ul><ul><li>“ How ...
What I intend to cover: <ul><li>Brief introduction to Mind Mapping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose and concept </li></ul></u...
Mind Mapping <ul><li>Dynamic method of recording information & ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Developed  by psychologist Tony Buz...
Mind Mapping  Personal experience of its value <ul><li>Over last 30+ yrs it’s helped me, amongst other things, to: </li></...
Developing a Mind Map –  The four essential characteristics: <ul><li>The main topic is summarised as a central  </li></ul>...
 
A Mind Map makes use of:  <ul><li>Colour - used to differentiate areas of the Mind Map </li></ul><ul><li>Visual images -  ...
 
Advantages of Mind Maps over linear methods in recording information/ideas: <ul><li>A large number of complex ideas can be...
VERY MANY  Applications to learning & planning, including: <ul><li>Note taking in lectures etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Planning...
Applying Mind Maps to career planning and job hunting <ul><li>They provide an excellent way of organising  </li></ul><ul><...
Using Mind Maps for career  planning & research <ul><li>MANY APPLICATIONS, E.G.:  </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a picture of ...
 
Using Mind Maps for job hunting 1. Written Applications <ul><li>Brainstorming evidence of your competencies, when  </li></...
Using Mind Maps for job hunting 2. Interview Preparation <ul><li>Mapping out an interview presentation </li></ul><ul><li>P...
 
Using Mind Maps for networking <ul><li>Brainstorming lists of potential networks and contacts you  </li></ul><ul><li>can u...
<ul><li>It is the most effective way of getting realistic information & advice  </li></ul><ul><li>about career opportuniti...
Identifying contacts <ul><li>If you want to develop new contacts, think of all the  </li></ul><ul><li>networks you have be...
 
Mind mapping exercise <ul><li>Think of at least two career areas you want to research  </li></ul><ul><li>Produce a mind-ma...
<ul><li>“ A power that comes from a spirit of giving and  </li></ul><ul><li>sharing” </li></ul><ul><li>“ An organised way ...
Using contacts in everyday life <ul><li>Are you good at networking and using contacts? </li></ul><ul><li>You have probably...
<ul><li>Likes to do most things by him/herself </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t want to bother or worry other people  </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Tries to make a friend of everyone she/he meets </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to know people’s names/faces but not what ...
<ul><li>Is likely to collect business cards without really connecting  </li></ul><ul><li>with people </li></ul><ul><li>Tri...
<ul><li>Has a giving disposition or  abundance  mentality </li></ul><ul><li>Is generally happy to ask others for help or g...
<ul><li>LONER fears looking too pushy or too weak </li></ul><ul><li>SOCIALISER fears rejection </li></ul><ul><li>USER is s...
Possible networking outcomes <ul><li>Key areas that contacts can help you with: </li></ul><ul><li>A: Self Reflection & Awa...
Networking DO’S  (Warner)     <ul><li>Ask others for help </li></ul><ul><li>Be friendly, warm and sincere </li></ul><ul><...
Networking DON’TS  (Warner)   <ul><li>Don’t be impatient. Results and benefits can come  </li></ul><ul><li>when you least...
Planning an effective networking programme <ul><li>Be aware both of what your contacts could do for you and  </li></ul><ul...
Networking resources <ul><li>Loughborough Careers Centre guide:  </li></ul><ul><li>“ Networking - the art of using contact...
<ul><li>Books by Tony Buzan held in the Brunel library: </li></ul><ul><li>(several copies of most + videos) </li></ul><ul>...
And finally: An online link to this presentation is available at: http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~adjjw/brunelmindmapnetwork...
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Using Mind Maps and Networking

  1. 1. <ul><li>Using Mind Maps and Networking </li></ul><ul><li>in Career Planning </li></ul><ul><li>OR: </li></ul><ul><li>“ How to make effective use of your brain </li></ul><ul><li>and the people around you to discover </li></ul><ul><li>your ideal job and then get it!” </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan Wolff </li></ul><ul><li>Careers Adviser </li></ul><ul><li>Loughborough University </li></ul>
  2. 2. What I intend to cover: <ul><li>Brief introduction to Mind Mapping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose and concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General applications (e.g. study skills) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applications of Mind Mapping to career research/planning </li></ul><ul><li>Applying Mind Mapping to developing a network of contacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A practical exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developing a networking strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on networking as a two-way process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking DOs and DONT’s </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources on Mind Mapping & networking </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mind Mapping <ul><li>Dynamic method of recording information & ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Developed by psychologist Tony Buzan - early 1970s </li></ul><ul><li>Mirrors the brain’s processes </li></ul><ul><li>Makes more efficient use of the brain than normal linear </li></ul><ul><li>methods of taking notes and recording ideas </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mind Mapping Personal experience of its value <ul><li>Over last 30+ yrs it’s helped me, amongst other things, to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overcome very slow hand-writing in taking notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve revision leading to better exam results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan strategy as head of a university department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan successful bids for five government funded projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Succeed in ALL my applications/interviews over last 20 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn long speeches from Shakespeare </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Developing a Mind Map – The four essential characteristics: <ul><li>The main topic is summarised as a central </li></ul><ul><li>image, word or phrase </li></ul><ul><li>The main themes radiate from the central image as branches </li></ul><ul><li>Branches comprise of a key word, image or topic presented on an associated line - they divide out into further higher level sub branches </li></ul><ul><li>Branches and sub-branches form a connected </li></ul><ul><li>structure. </li></ul>
  6. 7. A Mind Map makes use of: <ul><li>Colour - used to differentiate areas of the Mind Map </li></ul><ul><li>Visual images - used to illustrate different themes/topics </li></ul><ul><li>- Small images can capture complex memories/feelings </li></ul><ul><li>- These aid the process of memory and recall </li></ul>
  7. 9. Advantages of Mind Maps over linear methods in recording information/ideas: <ul><li>A large number of complex ideas can be compressed </li></ul><ul><li>into a single page </li></ul><ul><li>They are created in an organic and flexible way </li></ul><ul><li>- Links can be drawn between any items or sections </li></ul><ul><li>- New ideas can be added in any direction – this makes them </li></ul><ul><li>good for brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>They mirror the way in which the brain works </li></ul><ul><li>- They can incorporate: colour/visual images/compressed ideas </li></ul><ul><li>SO </li></ul><ul><li>- They are easier to memorise/recall than a linear list </li></ul><ul><li>- They give very personal access to feelings/thoughts/memories </li></ul>
  8. 10. VERY MANY Applications to learning & planning, including: <ul><li>Note taking in lectures etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Planning assignments & presentations </li></ul><ul><li>- Proven technique for dyslexics </li></ul><ul><li>- Mind Mapping software will turn mind maps into structured, </li></ul><ul><li>linear, Word and PowerPoint documents </li></ul><ul><li>Putting together exam revision notes </li></ul><ul><li>Group brainstorming & strategic planning tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Linking to other creative techniques </li></ul><ul><li>- Memorising notes, speeches etc. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Applying Mind Maps to career planning and job hunting <ul><li>They provide an excellent way of organising </li></ul><ul><li>your ideas about yourself on paper </li></ul><ul><li>This can be useful at all stages of the career </li></ul><ul><li>planning or job hunting process. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Using Mind Maps for career planning & research <ul><li>MANY APPLICATIONS, E.G.: </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a picture of your knowledge of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>- The starting point for understanding what careers will suit you </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming career ideas & how you’ll research them </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping out contacts who can help you (more later!) </li></ul><ul><li>Writing action plans </li></ul>
  11. 14. Using Mind Maps for job hunting 1. Written Applications <ul><li>Brainstorming evidence of your competencies, when </li></ul><ul><li>preparing your CVs and Application Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Planning the content of a covering Letter or section </li></ul><ul><li>of an Application Form </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping out the structure of a CV </li></ul><ul><li>- Mind mapping software enables you to turn mind maps into </li></ul><ul><li>structured Word documents </li></ul>
  12. 15. Using Mind Maps for job hunting 2. Interview Preparation <ul><li>Mapping out an interview presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing an overall picture of yourself related to the job </li></ul><ul><li>- Skills, interests, experience etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing answers to specific interview questions e.g.: </li></ul><ul><li>- What can you offer to this job? </li></ul><ul><li>- Why are you applying this job? </li></ul><ul><li>Memorising Mind Maps will make it easier to recall </li></ul><ul><li>information/answers in the interview </li></ul>
  13. 17. Using Mind Maps for networking <ul><li>Brainstorming lists of potential networks and contacts you </li></ul><ul><li>can use for researching options </li></ul><ul><li>Planning a networking strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for networking interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping networking outcomes </li></ul>
  14. 18. <ul><li>It is the most effective way of getting realistic information & advice </li></ul><ul><li>about career opportunities and jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Networking referrals will typically generate 80% more </li></ul><ul><li>replies than a cold call </li></ul><ul><li>Every person you meet has 200 – 250 people with whom </li></ul><ul><li>they connect who can potentially assist you </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone that you might want to meet or contact in the </li></ul><ul><li>world, is only five to six people contacts away from you </li></ul><ul><li>70 – 80 % of all jobs are found through networking </li></ul><ul><li>If we become good at it, this will enable us to be effective in every </li></ul><ul><li>aspect of our lives (e.g. employment, leisure activities, supporting family) </li></ul><ul><li>HOWEVER, STATISTICS SHOW: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Only one in ten people is actually comfortable in striking up a </li></ul><ul><li>relationship with a complete stranger” </li></ul>Benefits of career networking
  15. 19. Identifying contacts <ul><li>If you want to develop new contacts, think of all the </li></ul><ul><li>networks you have belonged to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your extended family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The schools, colleges, universities you have attended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clubs, societies, organisations you have been a member of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Places that you have worked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your partner’s or children's networks of friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Networks? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All the above could give access to many contacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some will have formal networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All individual contacts will have many contacts of their own </li></ul></ul>
  16. 21. Mind mapping exercise <ul><li>Think of at least two career areas you want to research </li></ul><ul><li>Produce a mind-map like the example in 10 minutes : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It will be rough, without colours or diagrams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aim is to get 25 contacts/organisations you could follow up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: people in non-graduate jobs can have many contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(e.g. the hairdresser in the example mind map) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prize to 1 st group of four with 100 contacts between them! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the next few weeks – develop a proper mind map </li></ul>
  17. 22. <ul><li>“ A power that comes from a spirit of giving and </li></ul><ul><li>sharing” </li></ul><ul><li>“ An organised way of creating links from people we know </li></ul><ul><li>to people they know for a specific purpose” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Giving, contributing to and supporting others without </li></ul><ul><li>keeping score” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Fostering self-help and the exchange of information” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ensuring the right to ask a favour without hooks” </li></ul>Networking definitions (Jon Warner) – these all Focus on building relationships
  18. 23. Using contacts in everyday life <ul><li>Are you good at networking and using contacts? </li></ul><ul><li>You have probably used networking already in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing and finding jobs and courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carrying out your work effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding a plumber, electrician etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning social activities for yourself and/or family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making expensive purchases: car/computer/holiday etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you’ve done any of the above – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll be able to get advice on planning a career </li></ul></ul>
  19. 24. <ul><li>Likes to do most things by him/herself </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t want to bother or worry other people </li></ul><ul><li>Feels his/her knowledge and skills are often superior to </li></ul><ul><li>most people </li></ul><ul><li>Only asks for help as a last resort (and when it may be </li></ul><ul><li>too late </li></ul><ul><li>Networking consequences for people of this type: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Unable to benefit from Networking at all! </li></ul></ul>Four networking types (Warner) 1. Loner
  20. 25. <ul><li>Tries to make a friend of everyone she/he meets </li></ul><ul><li>Tends to know people’s names/faces but not what they do </li></ul><ul><li>Is not normally systematic or ordered about follow-up – </li></ul><ul><li>contact is random </li></ul><ul><li>May not listen too deeply and is quick to move on </li></ul><ul><li>Networking consequences for people of this type: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Knows little of substance about personal skills and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resources so is Unable to share skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- Networking is random, following little or no formal contact system </li></ul>Four networking types (Warner) 2. Socialiser
  21. 26. <ul><li>Is likely to collect business cards without really connecting </li></ul><ul><li>with people </li></ul><ul><li>Tries to make ‘sales’ or ‘pitches’ on the first encounter </li></ul><ul><li>Talks and focuses on own agenda rather than to gather </li></ul><ul><li>information </li></ul><ul><li>Has superficial interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps score when giving favours </li></ul><ul><li>Networking consequences for people of this type: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Creates little benefit for themselves or others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- Creates a bad impression – gives networking a bad name! </li></ul>Four networking types (Warner) 3. User
  22. 27. <ul><li>Has a giving disposition or abundance mentality </li></ul><ul><li>Is generally happy to ask others for help or guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Listens and learns about people carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Is regularly on the look-out for useful information from </li></ul><ul><li>which others can also benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Has a well ordered and organised networking system </li></ul><ul><li>Networking consequences for people of this type: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Takes a long-term perspective on relationships with others; thinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more about what he/she can give or offer than about the return </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- Is someone whom others really want to network with! </li></ul>Four networking types (Warner) 4. Builder
  23. 28. <ul><li>LONER fears looking too pushy or too weak </li></ul><ul><li>SOCIALISER fears rejection </li></ul><ul><li>USER is selfish; fears having too much obligation to others </li></ul><ul><li>All these fears must be lessened or overcome if </li></ul><ul><li>networking is to be effective </li></ul><ul><li>BUILDER has good self esteem without being </li></ul><ul><li>overconfident </li></ul>Maintaining self esteem - Overcoming the fear of networking
  24. 29. Possible networking outcomes <ul><li>Key areas that contacts can help you with: </li></ul><ul><li>A: Self Reflection & Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>B: Action Planning </li></ul><ul><li>C: Acquisition of Knowledge & Understanding About </li></ul><ul><li>Career & Training Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>D: Experience & Observation of Work Activities </li></ul><ul><li>E: Increasing Access to Contacts, Networks & Information </li></ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul><ul><li>F: Development of Skills & Abilities </li></ul><ul><li>For a detailed list of possible outcomes see : </li></ul><ul><li>http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~adjjw/N4networkingoutcomes.doc </li></ul>
  25. 30. Networking DO’S (Warner)  <ul><li>Ask others for help </li></ul><ul><li>Be friendly, warm and sincere </li></ul><ul><li>Be persistent in following up and following through </li></ul><ul><li>Focus carefully on learning people’s names </li></ul><ul><li>Be helpful to others even if there is no immediate or </li></ul><ul><li>direct benefit to you </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in touch regularly and systematically </li></ul><ul><li>Always carry calling cards </li></ul><ul><li>Get known as being well-connected (and a valuable </li></ul><ul><li>resource for others) </li></ul><ul><li>Sit next to strangers at events (not alone or with </li></ul><ul><li>people you know) </li></ul><ul><li>Keep networking even when you think you can stop </li></ul>
  26. 31. Networking DON’TS (Warner)  <ul><li>Don’t be impatient. Results and benefits can come </li></ul><ul><li>when you least expect them and often take time </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal or objective </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t expect too much of others </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t have hidden agendas (not being up-front and </li></ul><ul><li>straightforward with others) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be insensitive to value, belief & culture differences </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fail to follow through when you are given leads </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t contact people only when you need something </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go for quantity over quality in your relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to do too much and spread yourself too thinly </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to network in a way that doesn’t fit your style </li></ul>
  27. 32. Planning an effective networking programme <ul><li>Be aware both of what your contacts could do for you and </li></ul><ul><li>also what you could do for them </li></ul><ul><li>Ask contacts for “help and advice” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Never, initially, “can you get me a job/placement?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set yourself objectives before you start networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Review these at the end of each meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prepare for each networking meeting & reflect afterwards </li></ul><ul><li>on the outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>- Research your contact and their organisation </li></ul><ul><li>- Prepare a detailed list of questions </li></ul><ul><li>- Keep notes of suggested action points </li></ul>
  28. 33. Networking resources <ul><li>Loughborough Careers Centre guide: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Networking - the art of using contacts” </li></ul><ul><li>Download this guide from </li></ul><ul><li>http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~adjjw/N1networking.doc </li></ul><ul><li>Explains the mechanics of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How networking works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to create a list of contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to make effective use of those contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This guide is supported by a range of associated exercises and support materials </li></ul><ul><li>- Electronic version provides hyperlinks to all support materials </li></ul><ul><li> (many of these developed at Brunel– Proactive Mentoring project, 2002 ) </li></ul>
  29. 34. <ul><li>Books by Tony Buzan held in the Brunel library: </li></ul><ul><li>(several copies of most + videos) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Use your head : Innovative Learning and Thinking Techniques to fulfil your potential” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Master your memory : more inspiring ways to increase the power of your memory, focus and creativity” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Use your memory” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The mind map book” </li></ul><ul><li>Tony Buzan’s Mind-Mapping website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mind-mapping.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mind Mapping software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiration available on Brunel Intranet, accessible to all students and staff – provided by the Disability and Dyslexia Service </li></ul></ul>Mind Mapping resources
  30. 35. And finally: An online link to this presentation is available at: http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~adjjw/brunelmindmapnetworking.ppt Any questions?

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