I’ve been thinking alot about creativity and career planning this week. Not just in a general sense of thinking outside the box, but more in the sense that career planning requires you to flex and use your creativity. And fortunately, for academics, this is one area in which we all excel.
All Work Requires Creativity
This is easy to forget, especially in today’s society where creativity is associated so strongly with only art. Or more dangerously, that it is an innate characteristic or talent, as if it is limited only to a select, chosen few – brainchilds who work in certain professions. Or that it is limited to only certain industries.
Creativity is a skill. One that anyone can use, that you can strengthen, that all work requires to some degree, and that most academics have in spades.
Most importantly, it’s a skill that’s required for making an alt-ac career trajectory work.
But what I have experienced is that hearing that you need to be creative might scare you. First I’ll break down why, what to do about it, and what role it plays in career planning.