How Important is a Career Plan?

I've always envied my law school friends who knew, from day one, that they wanted to be firm lawyers.  The path to success in private practice is definitely tricky--making the right relationships, figuring out how to get the right kinds of work to develop your skills, and increasingly competing for a limited number of partership spots as the economy sputters.  Even with these challenges, my private practice friends knew more or less what their ideal career trajectory looked like.Much of the advice given to women about achieving career success centers on making a strategic plan, complete with concrete career goals,…

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