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Career Plans & Trailblazing & Self Care

EPIP members put a lot of focus on their career plans.

As individuals, we take stock of what’s going on in the field, what’s next for us, and our professional trajectory. We want to know what impact we are having on the world, if we are meeting our own expectations, and how we are keeping up with our peers.

John Lennon famously said, “life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Or, put another way, Joseph Campbell lets us know that “we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to live the life that’s waiting for us.” Planning your career, even with the best advice, is only part of the puzzle. Don’t be afraid to blaze you own trail. And be sure to take care of yourself along the way.

This video shot at our 2012 National Conference highlights the voices of our brilliant and diverse members that are thinking outside the box. They’re branching out past what we usually think of as “career planning.” They realize the importance of personal and professional growth and understand that becoming better people increases their professional impact.

Philanthropy is about helping others. But as our members point out, growing yourself is the best way to become empowered to give more. Flight attendants instruct, “Please secure your oxygen mask before attempting to help others.” There is wisdom in those words. Self care is an important part of career development. It facilitates future planning by giving you energy and perspective of your greater purpose.

It’s okay to be a little self centered to make yourself better. It’s also okay if your career trajectory is not a straight line. In this video, our members reflect on unexpected twists and turns, even some that look like obstacles, that are opportunities for personal and professional change and growth.

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