Read my career planning for doctors's blog
Organisational change goes apace whether we like it or resist it but as professionals we need to be clear about what we ourselves want to do in the future.
Regular allocation of planning time and having systems/a structure to that is in my view more important than it has ever been. It means one is doing ones best to "future proof" ones career.
Having clear perspectives on what if scenarios, new career dreams, unfulfilled life aspirations ensures that one can more easily default to plan B or plan Z and nothing comes as too much of a shock. What's more - working on this means one never ever feels trapped. Irons in the fire stops career boredom too.
Having career plans/ options/ visions throughout all phases of your career means
when the unexpected arises - you have ideas already in the pipeline. If illness or other limitations arise - you have already given some constructive thought to your future
Should retirement beckon early - you will not be phased as there are already exciting plans underway or simmering on the back burner.