A high proportion of people fall into their career by accident. A few, by chance, enjoy their work, but many don’t, which is a shame as it represents such a large proportion of our time and it has a big knock-on effect on other areas of our lives.
Having a career strategy and plan is like being in a boat where you can use a motor, oars, paddle or the sails, with a compass to steer you towards the horizon to the destination of your choosing, whatever the weather. It makes sense to think about your career strategies and have a plan A, B and C and to make time to think about your career choices.
“Your aspirations are your possibilities.“ Anon
This blog, part 1 of 5, explores how having a career strategy and plan gives your career choices and thinking about your career strategies is wise.
Why don’t people have a career strategy/plan?
- Their parents were ‘hands off’ about their career
- They received no/inadequate careers advice at school or college
- They are too busy/don’t make time to reflect
- They are unsure about how to go about it
- They live ‘in the moment’/naturally think short term
- They find it easier or comforting to focus on immediate priorities of life; eating, sleeping, shopping, doing their current job
- There are more and more distractions that get in the way e.g. social media
- They have never thought about how they can influence their future
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.” Yogi Berra.
Visit next week for the next part in this 5 part blog series.
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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Reggie Leach.