The Vision Place

Unique to the Vanderbilt University Career Center, the Vision Place is set up to help you envision, plan, and promote your future.  Think of it as maker-space for you—and whatever you want to do in the future. The activities you’ll pursue in The Vision Place are based on visual thinking techniques, and a career development system (“Wise Wanderings”) developed by Dr. Kate Brooks, the Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center, and published in her book, You Majored in What? Designing Your Path from College to Career. Dr. Brooks developed her system after working with thousands of students at universities and colleges across the country.

Write Your Story.

Build Your Brand.

Design Your Life.

Is Your Vision of Your Future A Little Fuzzy?

Maybe you need to map it...


Maybe you need to see it...


Maybe you need to explore possibilities...


Or discover what's most meaningful to you...


Maybe you should Storyboard your plans...


Or strategize the best use of your talents...


Or try writing a manifesto of what's most important to you...


You can create powerful images to share with potential employers through:


Powerpoints or Prezi’s


Adobe Suite






Learn more about The Vision Place:

A message to Vanderbilt students from Dr. Kate Brooks:

The Vision Place is an outgrowth of my belief in the value of visual thinking to clarify the career decision-making and planning process. I have found that students have a variety of “possible lives” they would like to experience, and the plethora of choices can leave you feeling anxious and pressured to make a decision quickly.  I also know that getting your thoughts out of your head and onto a piece of paper can make even the most overwhelming process manageable.

The Vision Place is a relaxing space where you can take the time to reflect on your plans for the future—even if you have no idea what those plans are!

It provides a creative space to think about your future, and then design your social media and “go-to-market” campaigns to present your talents to potential employers.

This is a place where you can celebrate what makes you unique.  So often we try to fit in and conceal our differences, but it’s your unique features—your personal “network of possible wanderings” that has the potential to make your future so interesting. You may be the only person to see something a certain way or have a unique perspective: it’s important to know that and share it!

So we have designed a roomful of paper, pens, art supplies, laptops, and interesting and creative prompts and activities to help you think in a new way about your career.

It’s a place where…

Those who are stuck will get unstuck

Fuzzy futures become clear

Indecision turns into exploration and experiments

Connections get made to wherever you want to go

Talents get promoted via social media

We know you’re unique.  You don’t want your career to look like everyone else’s.

You want to find an opportunity that lets you express yourself and what’s important to you.

We also know visual thinking can seem too challenging. Are you concerned that you aren’t an artist?  That’s OK. Neither are we.  We just like creative and visual thinking. That’s why we use magazines, line drawings, simple maps, etc., to help you create your future.  Nothing artsy or complicated about it. If you can tear out pictures from magazines and glue them on a page you have all the artistic skills you need.  Unless, of course, you are an artist—in which case, go to town and create amazing stuff.  If you’d like, we’ll use your work to decorate the space.

So what happens in the Vision Place?

Well, that depends on where you are in the career development process.

Are you discovering your strengths?  Then we’ll help you do a Wandering Map, play with the “meaningful life blocks”, create a Strengths board, take some online tests, and more. There are lots of ways to uncover your strengths in the Vision Place.

Are you developing your vision?  Well, you’re definitely in the right place.  We have ways for you to create Vision boards that will focus on what you want to be, do, and have in the future.  We have goal-setting systems to find the best way to plan your future.  We have storyboard structures to plot your future. And we have “Possible Lives” an amazingly powerful activity that will help you see futures you hadn’t even thought about.  And that’s just the start…

Are you designing your path from where you are to where you want to be? Once again, you belong here.  We have all sorts of ways to help you design your path to your future—whether that means developing a clear goal-setting system, creating an infographic-style resume, or building a social media campaign that will lead you to the people and opportunities that can help you find your future.

Are you already delivering your talents at a job or internship? Then we can help you focus on ways to document the skills and knowledge you are gaining so you can demonstrate that to potential employers in future positions.


Let’s get started. Just contact your career coach, or call our office to set up a time to meet in the Vision Place!

Bring an open mind and your curiosity.