In my mind, there are three different approaches to living your life. You fall into one of three personas – planner, pioneer or explorer. While each approach is very different, they all have one thing in common: a profound influence on what career best suits you. I’ll take a look at each persona and how it relates to IT careers, especially those that focus on enterprise performance management and business analytics.

Planners approach life in a methodical manner, building a roadmap based upon career choice. With this approach, you determine early on what you want to be and where you want to go. It may be that as a child you knew what you wanted to be when you grew up or you decided your major and what college to attend while in high school.  When preparing to enter the workforce, you’re already thinking ahead – deciding which organization you want to work for, what your starting position will be and what your next step up the corporate ladder may be. You may also consider what’s an acceptable work-life balance between your career and personal interests (e.g., family or hobbies). With your plan in place, you take a business operator approach by formulating a strategy with interim actions, goals and targets. Your life unfolds like a project with a blueprint. Your plan is constructed from the outset, and you monitor and make adjustments as you proceed. Planners are considered to be very pragmatic.

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