Reading over the diverse responses to many of the questions in this conversation, two common themes/pieces of advice I see are to be adept at seizing opportunities when they appear and to not worry about needing to plan everything about your career in advance.
This seems like great advice for the trainee trying to figure out how to launch their career. My question now focuses a little later in life. Suppose a life-long academic wants to make the plunge into industry or consulting after many years or decades. Or, suppose a consultant who has worked for twenty years advising healthcare companies decides they want to move more into a public policy or advocacy role. What advice do our guests have concerning switching careers later in life? Can it be done? Or, once a path is chose, are you more or less locked into that career?