My manager recently asked me to develop a five-year career plan. He suspects that my career challenges are going to hit me hard, heavy, and soon. If I’m not prepared I’ll end up doing something I’m not any good at, or passionate about – and I’ll be a victim of the Peter Principle. I don’t even know what I want for Christmas, let alone how I want to make a living in five years.
But being a computer scientician, I’m taking a structured approach to this problem. Break it down to a series of questions I can actually answer: what am I doing now that I’m good at/enjoy, what do I want to develop, and who does something I’d like to be doing (someone who is about 5+ years my senior).