I realized after I put together the 11 Ways NOT to Figure Out What’s Next in Your Career report, that it is missing one other key point:

Another way NOT to figure out what’s next in your tech career is to do what the majority does:

Give yourself a way out.

Yes, believe it or not, but us humans like to come up with excuses! Sure, we don’t do it on purpose. In fact, we often couch it under the umbrella of being “rational”, but in reality, what we’re really doing is coming up with a reason why we don’t have to do the hard work of figuring out what’s next.

One of the most common, as I mention in the report, is to use “work-life balance” as an excuse. If we put too much effort into planning our career, we tell ourselves, then we’re career-obsessed and somehow that equates to loving our careers more than our families.

And because we all want to avoid that, the “rational” answer we come up with is to do nothing and remain stagnant.

So if you find yourself ruminating over a list of “reasons” why you shouldn’t or can’t figure out what’s next in your tech career, then it’s probably a safe bet you won’t!

The real question is, do you really want to know what’s next, and are you willing to take a little bit of action to find out?

Wanting to know doesn’t make you love your career over your family, by the way. In fact, it should make you want to take care of them all the more.