Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Having a plan or "checklist" of some variation is a great tool to ensure you achieve your goals for your career. However, I think it's also important to keep in mind that there is no one, clear defined path to success. Everyone is going to have a different career path, timeline and "checklist". As a student, there are certain "requirements" you should complete during your college career such as securing an internship, being involved with organizations on or off campus, taking on a leadership position, etc. The timing of these events are solely up to you and are flexible, for the most part. I don't think you necessarily NEED to secure an internship by a certain time but the earlier you start gaining hands on experience, the better. As you continue through your career, it's important to keep certain checklist items in mind to achieve your goals. For example, if you want to be a manager, you should have a list of goals you should achieve to reach the desired outcome. The timeline is solely up to you though and how quickly you want to achieve your goals. You should also keep in mind that things may not always go as planned so it's important to be flexible and keep in mind that your "checklist" may not always be completed as planned.