Chance favours the prepared mind

How often have you heard someone talk about their career history and say something like “but that was just luck” or “I was just in the right place at the right time”?

French chemist Louis Pasteur coined the above phrase to describe how scientists need to be clear on what they are looking for if they are going to make that “chance” discovery.

So too in career exploration, where you need to have “a prepared mind”:  to maximise any opportunities that might come along by chance; to generate more “chances”; to be able to judge the relevance and value to you of the opportunity…

The prepared mind has two components:

  1. Knowing yourself – this includes knowing your values, your definition of success or purpose, your strengths, your interests and your preferences for type of role, boss/manager or workplace
  2. Developing the skills to explore career options and navigate your career on an ongoing basis.  These include curiosity, persistence, resilience, flexibility, optimism and risk-taking.  Each of these is a continuum from “not great” to “I’ve got heaps of that”

What to do next?

Apply to you – Look at each skill in the list and reflect on which is your greatest strength and which is the most challenging.

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