Is it Time to Trash the Long-term Career Plan?

#InternPro: Time to Trash the Long-term Career Plan“Where do you see yourself five years from now?”

This question comes up in many job interviews, mentor discussions and moments of reflection. But consider:

  • 12 out of 20 of today’s hottest jobs didn’t even exist 10 years ago
  • Companies are hiring far more contractors, short-term worker and freelancers than ever before
  • Millennials stay at each job an average of 2.3 years

So how relevant is this question in today’s economy? With change happening so fast, should we spend much time developing 5-year and 10-year career plans? Do companies or employees even believe in loyalty or commitment any more?

That’s the topic we’ll take on during our next episode of #InternPro chat, (tonight at 9ET), which we’re calling:

“Is it Time to Trash the Long-term Career Plan?”

Inspired by a recent blog post by YouTern CEO Mark Babbitt, this is sure to be an engaging conversation. Here are the questions we’ll ask our community:

  • How many years have you been in the workforce? How many gigs have you had? (Yes, you have to do math!)
  • Should we completely give up on the thought of workplace loyalty? Do either employees or companies care?
  • As short-term employment, freelance & contract work becomes the norm, will being a job-hopper still be a thing?
  • Instead of “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”… what should we be asking (and be ready to answer)?
  • 50% of today’s hottest jobs didn’t exist 10 years ago. How do you plan a career when change happens this fast?
  • Your thoughts? “I have a degree and an okay job. I’m good for now. I’ll revisit my career goals in a few years.”
  • What role does networking play in our evolving economy? How can we leverage relationships as we embrace change?
  • Complete this sentence: “I will avoid workplace and career obsolescence by ________.”

We hope you can join us on Twitter for this week’s #InternPro conversation… the knowledge starts flowing at 9pm ET/6pm PT!

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