Pundits agree on one thing about the future of the work environment – it will be uncertain. The workplace is now competitive and those in it inherently vulnerable. You cannot guarantee yourself career success, but you can positively influence your prospects; indeed surely want to make time at work as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
John Lennon's line: Life is what happens while you are making other plans encapsulates a painful thought. There is perhaps no worse situation than looking back, saying: “if only …”.
So, in today’s work environment, with no rigid, preordained career ladder to follow, careers need planning: but how? There is sadly no magic formula. Details need working at. First you must know what you want, and this needs some systematic self-analysis.