Any thoughtful moves you make today or tomorrow will likely Increase your skill set Build your personal network Make you more mature Give you a clearer perspective of your short and long-term options
But they are unlikely to constrain your future options, either in your personal or professional life
And yet our initial career decision is often based on 3 factors: Starting salary Job location Current relationships
Example #1 Ken turned down a great job in Calgary because his girlfriend was going to graduate school in Ottawa and he couldn’t bear to be without her for a couple of semesters. She dumped him for her lab partner in the first term.
Example #2 Joe started at a big company for $5000 per month and lots of perks Sarah joined a small company for $3000 per month and no perks
After 15 years Joe is a middle manager making $120,000 per year His career has stagnated and he’s afraid of being laid off during the recession Sarah is the CEO of a growing company that paid her a $500,000 bonus last year She’s strategizing ways to expand the company in spite of the recession
Example #3 Dick had 3 good job offers after graduation. He accepted the job in Toronto so that he could remain near his family and friends. He did well in the company and moved up rapidly, but then the company was sold to an American firm with a head office in Mississippi He was given a choice of move or quit
Bottom Line It’s very difficult to envisage where your career path may ultimately lead Be prepared to adapt and change as circumstances may dictate Treat all experiences as opportunities to grow and learn
Civil grad Harvard MBA Owns computer and food businesses in US and Canada Director of the Bank of Montreal Queen’s Board of Trustees
Geology and Geophysics grad Exploration Geophysicist MSc Geology PhD Civil Permafrost Research Marine Geologist Geotechnical Engineer Founded Canada’s first Geo-Environmental Consultancy
How can Queen’s grads in 2009 be assured of SUCCESS regardless of the career track that develops?
What is Success? The attainment of wealth, favour, or a position of prominence/superiority The attainment of wealth, favour, or a position of prominence/superiority A favourable or desired outcome According to the dictionary it is
Fact Most people equate success with business or a career Most people equate success with business or a career