I had this idea published on the Global Ideas Bank and it keeps popping into my mind:
Careers choices - choosing 'emulation' rather than a career title
Finding a career
The Social Invention:
When students/job hunters are looking for a career, the emphasis is usually on picking the job from a list of job titles.
A different approach to help finding the ideal career would be by 'emulation' :to pick someone and consider what steps would be needed to emulate this person EXACTLY.
The student could even consider what steps would be need to be taken to become an 'imposter' of this person.
With this in mind, the student would have to think creatively.
A comprehensive (exhaustive) list of people would be made initally and various could be picked at random, and some considerationg could be made of how the emulation would be made.
This method could provide inspiration in two ways:
The student may find that they would like to emulate this person as much as possible and thus the career of this person is the ideal career choice for them.
They may find that one of the steps needed to complete the emulation would be so interesting that this is an area that would suit them as a career.
It would be important that the job seeker includes as many people as possible in the list - some can even be bizarre. It would also be important that the job seeker thinks carefully and thoroughly about how the emulation could be completed.
Thoughts...7th March 2005
I've been thinking that this kind of emulation could be applied to devise concepts for television shows. The creative could select a group of three people and then, selecting one person at a time, could consider how that person could emulate the other two. On the 'journey' to total emulation they could pick-off concepts for TV shows. I will try this when time is being kinder...