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Why Career Planning Is Time Wasted

Posted in all posts, planning by coleman yee on January 30, 2007

We teachers have this tendency to encourage our students to do long-term planning, partly because that’s what we’ve been encouraged to do ourselves when we were younger, and even in every stage of our career.

For myself, even though I don’t ask my students explicitly to plan, I’d sometimes ask  rather unthinkingly, things like, “so what are you going to do after you graduate?”

The student who hasn’t made any plans yet would normally be a little embarressed that they don’t have any plans to speak of, and thus be pressured to start thinking and making plans.

But after reading this article, “Why Career Planning Is Time Wasted“, I’m brought to realize that long-term career planning is overrated, probably useless, and often results in less-than-happy situations if followed.

The next time I ask a student about their plans, I’ll remember to add that it’s really not necessary to plan so far ahead, and that they’ll probably be happier off without the planning.