Should you plan your career down to the last detail? If you read about goal setting, it’s certainly recommended, but does it work? And is it even practical in these days of economic turmoil and job loss, with so many young people finding it impossible to even get started in the world of work?
Many people don’t really know what they want to do in terms of a career, and that makes sense. After all, how can you know you’ll enjoy something you’ve never done before? And often it’s the unexpected twists and turns that can lead to the best career choices. Here is an interesting comment on that question:
However, what I found most fascinating was to see the way in which people’s careers unfold. In fact, towards the end of the day, someone asked a very interesting question to all speakers: Looking back at the beginning of their careers and at their own aspirations then, do they think now that they have progressed through a planned path and that they have achieved what they had originally hoped for? And, if so, do they now feel happy because of this?
: mostly, they had not planned the turns and steps they took along the path; mostly, they did not even end up doing what they had originally set out for; and mostly, they had seen their aspirations and dreams change along the way. And yet, ultimately, they were all happy about the way things had turned out in their lives in the end….More at Career paths and inspirational people « Academic Life
Although a certain amount of planning has got to happen – otherwise we’d never go to college and get the qualifications we need, it’s a good idea to be a little less rigid than we might have been taught. This can open the way for something better than we could ever have imagined.