How big a role does luck play in your career? Is it a good idea to, in essence, put your career on autopilot and trust to luck to work things out advantageously for you? Even if you tend to be a great believer in luck, I have a few words of caution for you: Remember that luck comes in two varieties–good and bad. Letting luck take charge of your career could be a really bad idea.
When I started thinking about this blog topic, I decided to Google “career luck” and see what popped up. It turns out, this is already a popular topic! One of the first things I found was an article titled “8 Ways to Make Your Own Career Luck” by Allison Kade, posted in April 2012. Of course, some of the links my search turned up didn’t really have much, if anything, to do with career luck, but that’s par for the course in many searches. The point is, a lot of people seem to think about luck in connection with their careers, as evidenced by a report on a LinkedIn survey of employees in several countries regarding how lucky they believe they are in their jobs.
Certainly, good things sometimes come to people who don’t seem to have tried very hard–if at all–to make those things happen. It’s known as serendipity, although sometimes we find that serendipity (luck) had a bit of a helping hand. Regardless of that, I’m assuming you would rather not trust completely to luck to ensure having a successful career–emotionally fulfilling, financially rewarding. In that case, you might find the following tips worth pursuing:
If you experience a good-luck career event–such as an unexpected job offer or a promotion you didn’t dare hope you would land–enjoy the moment, but don’t become so wrapped up in the thrill of it that you fail to examine it a bit. Did it really just fall into your lap, or were there contributing factors that put you in the right place at the right time? For example: