Online Storyteller Support

Dashboard

The Dashboard helps you keep organized during your career and life clarification and exploration process. There are four sections on the dashboard:
  • The top tiles give you an overview of your progress in the Online Storyteller.
  • My Question helps you stay focused on the question which you are hoping to answer. I.E. “What should my next career move be?” – Click the edit icon and type the question you are hoping to answer here.
  • Notes allow you to take notes as you proceed through your career & life clarification. If you are working with a helping professional click the Load Meeting Template button to load a pre-typed template where you can fill in meeting notes.
  • Resources are displayed on the dashboard, these are items which were automatically assigned to you or have been assigned by your helping professional. They are either downloadable resources or links to articles, videos and websites which could be helpful to you.

Storyline

The Storyline is part of the clarification section of our Narrative Assessment System - it is a representation of your stories. Each story is a significant stage or experience within your life and helps you to reflect on your past.

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Adding Stories

Start by clicking the add story buttonAdd Story button and adding as many stories as you wish.

We recommend having 6-12 total stories but don't worry about adding them all at once; you can go back to the Storyline at any time to add more.

When adding a story you will need to choose among 3 types of stories:

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  • Early Years describes your formative years, usually before high-school. Add one Early Years story that encompasses this entire period.
  • Career & Life describes your job(s) and other significant life events.
  • Future Stories allow you to imagine your now, next and future possible selves.

In addition to the stories you add there is one Early Years story at the bottom of your timeline, this story represents the early years of your life. When you are ready be sure to Tell this story by clicking the Tell Story button.

Storyteller

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The Storyteller helps you debrief and learn from each of your stories. Launch the Storyteller by clicking the Tell Story button. Stories which are already partially or fully completed will show their progress in the progress meter.

Follow along with the questions in the Storyteller, keeping in mind the following:

  • Add answers by clicking one of the predefined answers or by typing your own answer and hitting the + button.
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  • Try to answer questions briefly with words or short phrases.
  • Most answers in the Storyteller go directly into the Career Sketch, when you see a question with a checkbox checkbox the item will go to the Career Sketch only if it is checked.
  • Add up to 3 answers per question, if you hit your limit you can use the delete button delete button to remove an answer.
  • Most of all - don’t overthink it, the Storyteller is about brain storming and shouldn’t feel like work. If you feel stuck on a question feel free to use the Skip button skip button.

Career Sketch

The Career Sketch provides a summary of your reflection during storytelling. Don’t get stuck trying to make the Career Sketch "perfect". This is not necessary; the Career Sketch is a mosaic designed to start conversation and lead into the Career Statement. The Career Sketch is initially constructed from the responses that you provided in the Storyteller but it is designed to be altered as you see fit; you can remove, add or edit items.

Take some time to play around with your Career Sketch. If there is a desire, possibility or other item you feel is missing then add it. If an item was duplicated, remove the duplicates.

Working with Career Sketch items

  • starred item Starred items in your Career Sketch will automatically be transferred to your Career Statement. Go through your Career Sketch and star all your priority items.
  • Edit items in your Career Sketch
  • Delete items in your Career Sketch
  • Displays which items were added through the Storyteller
  • exploration plan linkLinks directly to the Exploration Plan for that possibility
  • Add new items in by entering them in the textbox under each element and hitting +

Filtering

Sometimes you will want to view only certain items in your Career Sketch. You can show only Starred items by clicking the Starred Only button . You can filter for items which were added through specific stories by using the Story dropdown. [lookat it]

Career Statement

Your Career Statement describes who you are. It is a distillation of all the content in your Career Sketch.

Navigating your career with a traditional resume can limit change: it is like driving a car by looking only through the rear view mirror. If the road curves, you crash. Using your Career Statement to navigate opens you to change: it is looking at the road ahead, noticing clues and adapting to changing conditions.

Creating your Career Statement

Your Career Statement is automatically generated from all the starred item Starred items in your Career Sketch.

If you prefer to write your own Career Statement click the I want to write my own Career Statement link. This will take everything in your ‘Auto-generated Career Statement’ and transfer it to a fully editable Career Statement which you can write yourself. Note: this will break the link between your Career Statement and your Career Sketch. Any newly starred item Starred Career Sketch items will no longer be automatically transferred to your Career Statement unless you revert back to an Auto-generated Career Statement - which you can do at any time.

Sharing your Career Statement

The Career Statement is not only a great tool to help you navigate your own Career; it can also be shared with potential employers, colleagues and friends.

Turn sharing on or off by toggling the ON/OFF switch.

If sharing is set to ON, your Career Statement will be visible on your Public Career Statement URL. You can share this link on social media, or send it directly to friends and colleagues. You have complete control over when to share your Career Statement, if you switch the Share Career Statement back to OFF the Public Career Statement will no longer be visible.

Printing & Saving your Career Statement

Click the Save button to save your Career Statement as a PDF or text file. Click the Print button to print your Career Statement.

Exploration Plan

Your Exploration Plan is your worksheet to help you notice clues and take inspired action. Think of your Exploration Plan as a sandbox to play in, you can make amazing things, but nothing is permanent and you can always knock stuff down and start again.



All starred item Starred possibilities have an exploration plan. If there is a possibility you want to explore, make sure it is Starred in the Career Sketch.

When you first open the Exploration Plan page Show All is select and all Clues and Inspired Actions are displayed. To zero in on a specific possibility, click on one of your priority possibilities.



The Exploration Plan consists of Clues, Inspired Actions and Notes.

Clues

Clues can come in two forms: Internal clues relate to your own thoughts and feelings, and describe why you'd like a particular possibility. External clues exist out there in the world, like when you read or hear about something linked to your Career Statement. It is good to document both in your Exploration Plan.

Add clues by selecting a possibility, and entering the clue into the textbox.

Inspired Actions

Inspired Actions are steps that you want to take to research and explore your possibility. This could include online research, field research or anything else that will help you learn more about the possibility.

For each Inspired Actions you may (optionally) add a Due Date to provide accountability for completing it.

Each Inspired Actions can also be categorized as On you own, Field research or In the community.

  • On your own is an Inspired Action you can do yourself, this includes research done on or offline.
  • Field research is getting out there and talking with others who would have relevant experience, such as interviewing someone already doing a job you are interested in.
  • In the community is going and getting involved in something directly related to your possibility, such as volunteering.

Once an Inspired Action is completed you can make it complete by clicking either the thumbs up or thumbs down icon (ICONS). Use the thumbs up icon if the Inspired Action was a positive learning experience, use the thumbs down if you feel it was not.

Notes

You can use the notes section to keep track of what you learned during your Intentional Exploration. The notes section is only displayed when you have a possibility selected.

Getting Feedback

Getting Feedback is an effective way to learn more about yourself, clarify your strengths, generate new career ideas, and get advice.

Getting Feedback can also be a form of reality-testing for your career ideas and other possibilities. How accurately have you evaluated your strengths? How do other people see you? Others can pinpoint strengths and opportunities you may have under-estimated, and blind-spots you may have missed.

What to do:

  1. Identify 3 or more 'trusted allies' from whom you'll request feedback. Trusted allies are people whose opinion you value, e.g. colleagues, co-workers or managers, people who report to you, friends, family members. When selecting people consider whether this person has observed you in different situations, knows you well, and has your best interests in mind. Consider getting feedback from people you may want to offer as references in the future; this way, you’ll gain valuable insights into their perceptions of you, before you offer them as references.
  2. Request Feedback from your trusted allies by email. Click the Request Feedback buttonRequest Feedback button and either copy and paste our recommended text or the Feedback Link into a URL to send to those you are requesting feedback from.
  3. Track your Feedback. Return to the Getting Feedback menu item to monitor Feedback responses from your trusted allies.
  4. See the Feedback in your Career Sketch. Feedback from your trusted allies will appear in your Career Sketch. Each item in your Career Sketch that came from Getting Feedback will include the icon.

After a trusted ally has provided Feedback, we encourage you to thank them by email, phone or text, for their time and honesty. If you have questions about what they wrote, you may want to follow up to gain clarity.

Getting Feedback questions

These are the questions which your feedback contacts will see when they visit your unique Feedback Link.

  1. What do you see as [your name]'s major skills and strengths?
  2. What are some of [your name]'s notable personal qualities?
  3. What kind of positions, opportunities, projects do you think would be a good fit for [your name] over the next few years?
  4. What kind of learning or training do you think [your name] needs, or could benefit from?
  5. How can [your name] improve how s/he is perceived by others?
  6. Are you aware of any real jobs, assignments or other opportunities that you think [your name] could realistically pursue?
  7. From personal experience, what have you learned about making transitions and managing change that you'd like to share with [your name]?
  8. Who else do you think it would be worthwhile for [your name] to speak to?