Career Planning - yes or no?
Do you believe we should plan our career for life?
No? Perhaps not a career for life but it's a good idea to look ahead and plan where you want to be in a years time or 10 or 15 years time (even to retirement) so that you know at least the overall path to start out on, and then a structure to keep you on track. You can do this at any point in your work life, not just at the start. Maybe a new start!
You can, of course, change that path or deviate along the way and over the years; this is to be expected, especially with the many options these days unlike a job for life which was once the norm.
However, knowing where you would be happy - or not - and what you can offer now and can work towards, in line with your interests, abilities and passions is important and shouldn't be ignored.
Making decisions at the point of higher education is difficult but identifying needs and options unique to you can help you to a fulfilled and happy life. "When you find your passion, you never work another day in your life" - it's true, because you are content, fulfilled and striving to learn more and be better all the time. Enjoy your career, look at who you are and want to be, then take your first steps knowing you can and will change direction along the way, or deviate for a while to gain knowledge and experiences. Be happy. Be fulfilled. "Self actualise" as Maslow believed we naturally strive to do - and be who you really are.
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Caroline Wellingham - Accredited Career and Life Coach, NLP PractitionerJuly 12th, 2017