Editor's letter: I don't have a career plan - and that's totally fine
I’ve always been that one girl in class that just couldn’t find an answer to the age-old ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?’ question. Or 10 years, for that matter. Not in High school, when I constantly changed my mind about what I was passionate enough to further my studies in, not at uni, where my lack of a masterplan was something that filled me with panic, and still not to this date. 10 years from now – Was that supposed to be the time when you had everything figured out and you knew exactly where your life was going?
I remember my first day at uni - introduction round - time to let everyone know about your career plans and aspirations. I was beyond confused having to come up with a career plan to follow my graduation, which meant hours of hours of getting my head down and figuring out what my ultimate career goal would –or better said could - be. I ended up making something up. Now, 4 years later, having completely changed industries and said paths, I think it’s safe to say I didn’t stick to that plan.
The future is a scary thing. Wondering what the future holds is a tough question at any age. And I get that some people my age have it all figured out. They knew exactly what they were going to do when they went to uni; They’ve landed a job in their field after graduating, and are now climbing up the career ladder in that exact position. They’ll keep climbing and working towards their next promotion. But life doesn’t go according to plan for most of us, and while a few people might do exactly what they set out to do, I know I’m not one of those.
If you ask me, the problem with career planning is that it assumes that the universe is going to remain pretty much the way it is today. But isn’t that just silly? We cannot just predict what the world is going to look like five or ten years from now. Other things come along and change you, change opportunities, change the world. So does it really make a lot sense trying to plan your career in elaborate detail? Unless say, you’re in a very predictable field.
Goals are still my waypoints, no doubt. But I’ve never had one of those magical things called a career plan – Or any long term life plan for that matter. I’m a career floater, going from one opportunity to the next, wherever the wind takes me. I don’t know where I’m heading towards. I don't know what's next. But I wouldn’t want to change anything. Instead of trying to force myself to figure it all out, I’m comfortable with the discomfort of uncertainty. I’m slowly building up a picture of who I am and what I really enjoy doing. And I love what I am doing. I run my own business and fashion blog and am full hands on business, and I know this is what I want to do. For now. I don’t know how things will turn out in the future. I don't know who I'm going to be, what I'll be able to do and what opportunities will come up. I just never know what is coming next. And if I did, I’d probably miss out on great projects and opportunities. But I do know this: If you're prepared, you can do anything you want.