How many times have you been asked 'what's your five year plan'? Do you reply with enthusiasm, happy to explain in detail your life mapped out in intricate detail, or do you inwardly groan, and wonder why so many people are so concerned about planning way into the future instead of relishing the here and now, adapting to what the future brings? Planning can be an effective way to achieve goals and help motivate towards desired outcomes however the problem is, life isn't predictable, and the best plans in the world can't be guaranteed to succeed in getting what you want. Where are you left then? Despondent, feeling lost, and without the career you were expecting as a result from your five year plan.
Things don't always pan out as you'd want or expect.
Some jobs are guaranteed, right? Not the case. Nursing is one profession that is often seen to be a sure thing. 'We'll always need nurses'. That's probably what the student nurses in parts of the UK thought while doing their training during several years in the last decade. But, due to major financial cutbacks in the National Health Service, many completed their training with no job opportunities available to them. The situation was so dire, some were offered six months work, to gain experience, but with no pay! Some would have taken this opportunity and then used the experience to apply for positions requiring experience to work for private health companies. For many, working for six months without an income was just not financially available, and employment away from nursing was the only option. So you see, even a 'sure thing' my not be just that, and no amount of planning can make it so.