Careers develop continuously over the forty or fifty years of our working lives. They are subject to forces both internal (family dynamics, changes of interest) and external (the economy, the job market). Accordingly, I’ve always been dubious about “mapping out” an entire career in advance. The linear progressions of model career development—law school, clerkship, federal prosecutor, 9th Circuit, Supreme Court!–rarely play out so cleanly in real life.
I’ve certainly worked to navigate my career’s direction. However, rather than targeting a predetermined destination, I’ve focused on the journey itself. Mycareer plan is less a roadmap than it is a set of four practical guiding principles. Read more »