Career Planning: Are you kidding?

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Oct 29

While cruising the blogosphere this weekend, I came across more than one article that essentially said this: you should plan your career, knowing where you are going to be three years and five years from now. Knowing where you will be several years from now is the key to career management.

Are you kidding?

When the unemployment rate is 3% and the corporate churn rate is 75%, how is it that you can plan where you will be five years from now? With corporate buyouts, reorganizations, and home loans jeopardizing the credit markets for all companies, how is it that you can know where you will be in five years?

There is an assumption or two behind that “know where you are in five years” mantra out there: you will be with the same company and the company has a well thought out career management path for their employees.

But, even that assumption is subject to tough scrutiny. How many of us are with the same company for five years? How many companies have a well thought out career path for their people given the rampant reorganizations out there?

I’m not of the mind that we should know where we should be in our career in five years. But I have a few ideas on what we should be doing to plan our careers.

What are yours?

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.