First Thing To Do When Starting New Job

CARIt’s easy to have vague goals. It’s hard to define them.

But according to StumbleUpon CEO Mark Bartels, mapping out a concrete timeline for yourself should be one of the first things you do when you start a new gig.?

“We talk about budgets, we talk about planning your finances,” he points out. “But what a lot of people don’t do is plan out the next 12 to 18 or 24 months of their careers.” That lack of planning can be costly, both professionally and existentially.

He’s seen it happen, he says: people join a company without an agenda, and “2 to 3 years go by, they come up for air, and they ask themselves, ‘well, what am I still doing here?'”?