I went to a career orientation event yesterday. There was free lunch (sandwiches&fruit) and some few former research students, now grown-up, describing how their career evolved and describing their job in different areas. Interesting at times, but not useful nor inspiring. The first thing I noticed is, none of them had planned his/her career path, that has been shaped mostly by them being made redundant, being sick with their current job, or being offered a new job out of the blue.
I left at the tea-break. Yet another proof that career orientation days aren't useful but for the free lunch and for you to think a bit about your career, but not for orienting you nor for giving you useful information.