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Career Plans?

Posted on | January 18, 2012 | No Comments

How much career planning are you doing or have you done?

I know several people who have mapped things out and have pretty well followed the road-map.

My plan has been pretty haphazard and gone more with luck, intuition and chance.

What if your career was only really destined to last 4 years?

It was interesting to look at how some people have lived this in the last couple of years.

Like this lady.

Stacy Brown-Philpot, 36

1997 First job: Pricewaterhouse-Coopers

1999 Second job: Goldman Sachs

2000 Enters Stanford MBA program; offers finance skills to software startups to learn the tech biz2003 Joins Google in sales finance; segues into sales and operations•

2009 Volunteers to head Google’s online sales and operations in India

Or this guy.

Adam Hasler, 28

2006 Takes over Modern Times, a D.C. coffeehouse; lives on “cookies and beer”

2009 Leaves the business; learns programming and electronics and writes case studies for international-development journal

2010 Interns at interactive media-arts lab in Buenos Aires

 2011 Applies to MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media, in Cambridge; waits tables
I wonder if we would be more nimble and apt to learn more and apply our experience better if we knew that the duration of our tenure was no more than 4 years?



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