Use this career planning guide to figure out where else you may want to work, and to have a plan if you get fired.
There was a time when you could count on your employer to take care of you for the long haul. You'd graduate college, join a large corporation, stay there for forty years and retire clutching a gold watch. The company laid out your career path, your pension, and your progression through assignments.
Yep, there was a paternalistic moment in American corporate history.
This is not that moment.
Given upheavals this past decade, you never know when your present employer is going to retrench, reboot, & release you. There's nothing less welcome than an unexpected and involuntary separation from a decent paycheck and a warm cubicle.
So it is far, far better to keep yourself in the driver's seat and do "heads up" career planning: keeping one eye on the future of where you're going is the best way to make sure you stay safe and comfortable in where you are.
You'd prefer a running start should something ever go wrong with your current company, which is why it's smart to have an updated list of 10 companies that you'd like to work for in the future should the occasion require.