Skill or chance: Can a good career be planned in an advance?

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“Graduate from school, then do an internship abroad, complete your studies with top grades and work hard at your dream job. Also, don’t forget to network.” That’s the way to climb the career ladder, right? There’s a lot of reasons to see it this way. And yet there’s is one factor we should not underestimate, says Chengwei Liu: luck. Liu, a professor of strategy and behavioural science, says that “with lofty career goals, such as CEO of a public company, luck is more important than performance and effort.” So can a career be planned years in advance? “Competition plays a big role,” says Liu, wh…

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