Writing a personal mission statement offers the opportunity to establish what’s important in your professional life. A personal mission statement is often an integral part of a job or graduate-level application as it provides reviewers with insights into an applicant’s strengths in, and philosophies regarding, the discipline.
The personal mission statement includes a description of your focus and goals, which can serve to provide direction for the next one to five years of your career. It can be used not only as a guide, but also as a tool of conscious reflection encouraging you to accomplish your professional objectives. In the course of this assignment, you will evaluate potential career direction and satisfaction by reflecting on the following questions:
What do you hope to accomplish in the profession?
What positive and unique qualities do you bring to the profession?
How do you see your role in the profession evolving through time?
Why is the work you hope to do important?