Rather than climbing the corporate ladder, I've worked to find personal satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment and contentment, and that's what leads me in certain directions for my career. An old boss advised me to think about what parts of my day make me the most happy and then optimize for that. That's led me to interesting directions, and to the idea that a "career" isn't this linear path, and it's ok to change your mind and be flexible with where life takes you.
As an example, I have degrees in English Lit and Art. But I now work in technology, because it's very fast moving and it's more casual than other, more established industries. I like being able to wear jeans to work and swear if I want to! I started working in tech support but felt it was too reactive, and now i oversee a bunch of systems and trainings as the technical person on a less technical team. And that may change again eventually, and that's ok!
Good luck :)