I’ll be honest: I went to college in the early 1980s wanting to become a disk-jockey or a radio newsman – mostly the former, and I got to be both as a student staffer at WMKY-FM. Instead, I taught college-level English for five years after I finished graduate school, and ultimately became a technical writer and instructional designer. Any career plan I had rolled completely off the rails. Which means I completely agree with this article.
And I like the way the writer says the cliche HR interview question of “Where do you see yourself five years from now” is simply another way of asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up.”
So what’s better than a career plan? Developing an arsenal of transferable skills, of course.