When asked this recently, I fumbled.
Actually, I tossed back the answer, asking
the asker to mentor me through getting such a plan.
It wasn’t even someone who knew me well and it had
been asked in a fairly casual way.
I was not able to answer the question.
if I were to answer it, the answer would be, “No I do not.”
I feel like my personal
plan is on track, I have some goals which essentially these include some family
fun and fitness. But in the professional
arena, I don’t have a 5 year plan like others do. Do
others have a 5 year plan?
I have quite an accurate 5 day plan. My calendar is reasonably organized. I'm a list writer, whether on paper or on a
smartphone (actually, both) and an avid list crosser-offer. Sometimes
I'm tempted to add things just so I can cross them off again once
Flash back 5 years ago, I don’t think I actually had a career plan
to get to where I am now, though I am where I want to be. I was "finished" with the relatively more well-defined years of college, med school, residency, public health school, educator-leadership program, (can you say "perpetual trainee" or more generously "life long learner"?). Career-wise, I think that
mostly things have come to me through plenty of hard work, but admittedly with some
luck, good timing, and strong collaborations.
Now I’m trying to think about what will come next. Not that I’m at a mid-life crisis per se, but
just that if I try to map out what’s coming up, what should happen, what I’d
like to do or explore professionally, I’m just not sure. I feel like I can (and do) help others along with theirs, but not sure of my own at this point. In academia there are peaks, valleys,
plateaus and mountains to climb. I am
hoping I can find the right trail. The
journey is still interesting, made more interesting by taking part in mentoring
others, even as I continue to pave my own way.
I have a vision of what I might want to do but I'm not sure how to get there or if it's feasible. I continue trekking onward.
Do you tend to let things happen and see what unfolds along the way, or
do you have a plan?