• Workplace

    Your Life – What are you going to do with it?

    Tue Feb 23 2021
    . 3 min read

    This critical question should be on the mind of every college student, but is it?

    After being under Mom & Dad’s protection for 20+ years college students graduate and have to find a job – any job.

    The question: “what do you want to be” has not been on their radar screen, either?

    Since college graduates will have to work for (hopefully) about 40 years after graduation and then live for another 20+ years in their lives after work, the answers to these life-critical questions are pretty important. However, if they have never been thought about then graduates are doomed to the lifelong “job cycle” scenario.

    More importantly, they are giving up control of their destiny to someone else and contributing their sweat equity to someone else’s profitability. The census results demonstrate that the majority of the work force doesn’t earn enough money to live comfortably during their work life, nor retire well, either.

    You would think that as a result of all that they learned throughout their college experience and observed in their extended family, college graduates would develop a “career plan” to insure a greater level of success than all those that they know who haven’t been successful – right? WRONG !

    Since very few have thought of what they want to be or what they want to do with their life, a career plan is nonexistent for the majority of the working population. The simple common sense process of developing a plan for 40 years of work is ignored by many. The questions are obvious: where am I now? where do I want to be and by when? and, how am I going to get there – quarter-by-quarter and year-by-year.

    As I have said many times: Nobody plans to fail…they just fail to plan.

    Professor Robert M. Donnelly