If you have read my previous article on where my branding lies, then you’ll have a much better understanding of my POA. 

I am at an early stage in my career, as it is only ten months old. I graduated last July and have since been on a whirlwind tour of the working world. I have already sampled political journalism, advertising and I am now in media publishing at EMAP.

A constant question, which I have applied, reapplied and approached from many different angles, is: what do I actually want to do with my life? Having had far too much time to examine this question in theory at university, I am now living out the answer.

WHAT’S MY CAREER PLAN OF ACTIONRather disappointingly, for the purposes of this article anyway, I do not know what I want to be, but I do not feel this is the most important answer to have. As when I get there it is quite likely that it is not what I thought it was or wanted in the first place.

When I was choosing which degree I should do and where I should study, I followed the advice of someone who had been through it before; do what you enjoy, don’t think of the career afterwards; it is the process that’s important, not the end result. And while this is something I hear in abundance now, the truth has never resonated so strongly for me.

My Plan Of Action, therefore, is not a final goal, but the joy of the journey. If I promised myself that the only achievement is upon reaching the goal, then I have missed the most important part in the getting there.

A specific plan would also be restrictive, if I wanted to end up in a specific position then I would most likely have to compromise a lot of other opportunities in order to arrive at that destination. Having an approach, allows me to adapt and learn as much as possible, and instead of aiming specifically I can rely on my direction and drive to take me where I want to be.

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Chris Player is currently working for EMAP in the Marketing team. Since his graduation last year he has worked as an political journalism intern, an Account Executive in advertising, published a short story collection and is learning jazz piano and kickboxing.

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