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The Importance of Picking Your Career Path

Updated: Jun 17, 2021

I recently asked a candidate what his ideal next step in his career was and he told me he could take whatever job I had to offer him.

He could adapt and learn fast, he said.

I do believe in the saying "go where opportunities take you", but having the willingness to "go anywhere" shows an absolute lack of direction and indifference of your destination.

From my experience, the best candidates are the ones who have a clear understanding of their value and of what would their optimal next best step be.

They are the ones who are confident to express their areas of expertise, and not embarrassed to share their weakest areas.

Learning to pick one path (and by default discarding all other paths) is what will eventually make us grow professionally.

The conversation with that candidate reminded me of that famous quote of Alice in Wonderland:

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.

Alice: I don't much care where.

The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.

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