I like to be organized. When I say I like, I mean that I REALLY like organization. Staples and other office supply stores are my favorite! So naturally, I have a vision board. Above is a picture, so I’m not going to go into great detail about how I made it. I think it’s pretty explanatory. But I would like to talk a little about why I think that having a vision board is important.
Child Life is very competitive. If you didn’t know this already, I hate to break it to you but it is. I’m won’t go into all the details of why, but it’s safe to say that there are more people who want to be child life specialists then there are internships and jobs for them. I believe that a vision board helps keep your goals in focus when you started getting discouraged.
It’s a long process to reach certifications. You need to volunteer, sometimes need a practicum, you have to apply for very competitive internships and then apply for jobs. Many of these steps involve relocating or driving a long distance. It’s easy to get tired, frustrated and begin to get disillusioned. But don’t lose hope! If you really want to be a Child Life Specialist, you can. It just takes focus and hard work.
On my vision board, I have inspiring quotes and goals. I list not only the steps that are necessary for certification, but also other goals that I have. If you don’t want to make a vision board, I would encourage you to write down your goals somewhere. When it gets draining, just remind yourself why you are living so far from home or why you keep applying for internships. Because Child Life is worth it.