We would like to clear up some notions about career planning. It is possible to start at the “drawing board” and plan a career. However, it is impossible to predict the twists and turns one’s career may take over time. There is no roadmap to success, otherwise everybody would have one.
The most important thing is to know yourself. What drives you? What are your passions? What are you prepared to commit to? By the way, the word “profession” derives from the Latin “professio,” meaning commitment. If you are not committed, then you will never find the motivation and power to excel. And to become successful, you must excel.
Also, know your values. Values help you to navigate through unchartered waters. However, it’s important to really know what your values are so that you do not walk in the footsteps of others. Try to avoid being driven by the expectations around you, meaning respect yourself. Remember that those who walk in the footsteps of others leave no trace.
This in mind it should be clear that “career planning” is the wrong path to take. It generates the false impression that there is a causal relationship between the act of planning and the result. But life simply does not work that way.
The best path for you is to manage your career. Discover your likes, dislikes and your values. Reflect on what you are doing and do this at least once every year. Use this to navigate through the ocean of possibilities that life has to offer.
Listen to the experiences of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers:
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." (Konfuzius)
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." (John Lennon)
"Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the Goal."