Disruptions. Unforeseen events. Misguided strategies. All of these are possible for businesses and also for careers. In 2020, we don’t have to look very far in the past to see how the best laid business and career plans can go awry due to a surprising and unpredicted event. We could conclude, well that’s life. No one ever guaranteed us long-term certainty. This is true. Unannounced and unintended curve balls are part of life’s churn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t proactively prepare for sudden changes and develop an agility which may result in competitive advantages and success despite perturbations.
Many of us still operate by a model which views the most difficult parts of executing a career as first determining which career path to follow, followed by education and training, landing the great job, retaining employment, and staying current with best practices. As important as these features are I would encourage the addition of at least one more – enhancing your ability to foretell where your career may be headed and what hazards may ambush your planning.