Career Advice

The Step People Miss When Career Planning

Table Mountain Employment 25 September, 2019

We all know someone who very carefully planned their career, got a great education in that field, landed the job they wanted and are absolutely miserable. Why does this happen? How can you spend all that time and money investing in your career only to find yourself unhappy with the job you chose?

The answer is that many people skip one very important step in their career planning, and the results can be disastrous. 

Planning a Career

Most people fall into two categories: those who plan their careers carefully and those who just hit the streets looking for a job. The funny thing is that people from both categories can find lifetime success and fulfillment in their careers. What is the thing that the successful people have in common? What step did they take that got them where they wanted to be? The step in career planning that makes all the difference, is often the step that non-career planners understand quite well, and that is career experimentation. 

What is Career Experimentation?

As the name implies, career experimentation is simply trying on different hats to see which one you like the best. People who wind up hating their jobs, often never took the opportunity to experiment in that field before committing to it as a full time career. Career experimentation gives you the chance to get your hands dirty, so to speak, and really find out what a career is all about on a day to day basis. 

Why People Skip This Step

People skip this important step because they are impatient and experimentation often doesn't pay. People get their career experimentation through internships, volunteer work, and part-time or seasonal work. This takes time and people don't want to slow down their career preparations in order to experiment, often for free. Skipping this step, though, could make all the difference in your long term success. 

Taking the time to experiment in your chosen field can be very eye-opening. Look for opportunities to experiment before committing to a full time job.