Draw Your Job
What is the Draw Your Job card?
Get people to sketch a picture that describes their job, or their role on a particular project.
Build understanding and trust essential for creative collaboration:
• Give people a chance to practise sketching
• Help team members empathise with each other
• Encourage them to reflect on their role and why they’re involved in this process
How to use the Draw Your Job card
1. Make sure everyone has a pen and paper, then give them 3 minutes to each draw a picture that encapsulates how they see their job.
2. Get everyone to display their pictures so the rest of the group can see them, then give each person 1 minute to explain what they’ve drawn.
Things to bear in mind:
Pay attention to which details people choose to emphasise. It might all be rosy, but maybe they’ve highlighted skills they don’t usually get to use as much as they’d like? Are there any elements of their role that seem to be stressing them out?
You’re not here to fix those things, but it might be the first time they’ve been recognised or vocalised, so take care as the facilitator to acknowledge what you hear with an attitude of warmth and acceptance. This will help people feel at ease, and set the right tone for the rest of the workshop. As a follow-up, consider asking the group if they learned anything new about each other (or, indeed, about themselves).
It’s often said that the best workshops feel like therapy, and this activity is no exception. On the other hand, you could have a very literal-minded group whose pictures reveal nothing much about their unspoken ambitions or inner conflicts, and that’s perfectly fine too.