While none of us can accurately predict the path our life will take (even if we could, the nuances are forever invisible to us), it can help to have something of a guideline to follow, based on your skills, desires, interests, and satisfaction. Of course, this isn’t always going to last forever, Some people may have a successful career in business for twenty years only to leave and set up an animal shelter.
So, plans change, and they’re not always reliable. But it can be worthwhile to gather yourself and see what your options may be in the first place. Viewing your options and charting a potential course for your adult life isn’t the same as forcing yourself down a path – it’s simply about considering good sense and understanding that the future will be here, whether we like it or not.
For this reason, charting this plan is important, and may take some of your time to fully understand. With the following approach, we hope you can establish this more strongly:
Education & Skillset
It’s important not to think about the exact career you want, but the skills you want to build in that direction. Education and potential first. Of course, it’s important to know what opportunities these skills afford you. You might ask – what unique career paths can I pursue with an MBA in economics? Charting this path helps you see just how worthwhile that degree could be, and what flexibility you have. With this particular example, for instance, the possibilities are near limitless. This helps you identify if a chosen skillset is worth your time.
Location & Opportunities
The location and opportunities you have in that given location are important to consider. It might be that if you wish to work in media, for example, that moving to an area known for its production capabilities and standards is important. It could be that when setting up your business, you hope to move to an industrialized hub area to ensure natural proximity to those who may use your services. Maybe as a young professional you haven’t quite secured a job there yet, but you’re more interested in living in a set area for access to jobs should you need them. The location and opportunities you follow are intimately linked – don’t ignore or eschew this consideration.
Ambitions & Goals
If you’re not too big for your boots, how can you ever hope to fight a better, larger pair? A little ambition goes a long way in taking professional risks that bear fruit, or they might convince you to go for that promotion, to understand that the upward mobility in an industry is a possibility for you, or the means to really wed yourself to your work and begin enjoying the process dramatically. Ambition, in other words, helps give fuel to your discipline. This is the hidden talent that every slightly worn-out master of a craft knows – the discipline feeds them as much as they feed it.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily chart a plan for your adult life in the best possible way.