Hi all, just a very general question - I've been listening to one of my favourite casts on Creating A Developement Plan For Yourself, and I was pondering... all the advice is excellent, but it all hinges on knowing (or having some idea of) what your actual end goal is. How do you arrive at knowing where you want to be in x years?
For me, I'm 27 and my goal at the moment is probably CEO of a mid-sized company - that's based purely on the fact that I love people, I love management (I run a department of around 40 people) and I'm not bad at it, and I assume that CEO is essentially the highest post in general management. I've also pondered one day moving into Management Consulting.
These are 20+ year goals (although I'm in that wonderful "I know everything" stage of my life, I know I can't be a CEO just yet :)) and I know that might change in the future, but I'm sure I haven't considered every available option, I don't know every career path. So what's worked for you?
Is it just by observing the world around you to see what interests you? Talking to people? Scouring job ads until something appeals? Or have people done career/aptitude testing, or spoken to a counselor about it? I want a job that challenges, inspires and rewards me - how do I make sure I'm getting the best that I can, do you think?