If you are or were ever a student, you might relate to this description of what routinely happens in school from Gorick Ng, author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right:
“Much of school is about bubbling bubbles, or filling in the blanks, or really conforming to highly structured environments where the syllabus will tell you what’s coming up. Instructions are nicely laid out.”
If you’re working now, or if you’ve ever looked for a job or spent time figuring out what career is right for you, you know that the journey from learning to working isn’t always “nicely laid out.” In fact, it can be ambiguous, unstructured, and complex. To complete the trek successfully, you have to engage in a good deal of what’s often called career navigation.