It’s common to think that with solid career goals and plans to reach them, all will be well. Whether you plan or go with the flow, you can count on unplanned, unexpected events – both good and bad – to affect your career.
Key to career success and satisfaction is the ability to respond to happenstance and chance encounters, to learn and respond in constructive ways, recognizing opportunities in them.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan or have goals. It DOES mean that even if you do, unpredictable experiences will surely affect your career decisions.