Jana Wendt has enjoyed a media career for more than 30 years, but that didn't turn out to be the result of a grand career plan — in fact it was the exact opposite.
In an interview to promote her new book Nice Work, which examines the issue of work-life balance, Wendt notes that she fell into a career in journalism after completing university, rather than having it set as a concrete goal:
People almost literally have 10-year plans now. That was the furthest thing from my mind ... I just lived in hope that after I did a degree something might happen.
While having a life plan can be helpful, Wendt's approach is arguably more useful now that it was back in 1978, given the reduced likelihood that anyone will stick with one employer for a lengthy period. It's also the approach your Lifehacker editor took when going to university, so I can testify that it has at least some potential.
Jana Wendt: alive and kicking [Sunday Life]