I really do hate it.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Apparently, everyone wants to know.
Have a job interview??? I can almost bet my left hand that someone will ask you.
Go to a networking event??? It’s more than likely.
I’ve been hit with this question more times than I can count.
And every time, I’m sure that I’ve disappointed the person asking with my answer.
Because here’s my answer…
I have no idea.
I get both sides of the arguement.
But when it comes to where I see myself in 5 years, my answer’s still the same.
I have no idea.
I never grew up wanting to be something specific. I never grew up wanting to be a doctor or a nurse or an astronaut or an engineer.
I don’t know why, exactly, but I just didn’t.
The only thing I DID know was that whatever it was that I ended up chossing as a profession…I wanted to like it.
I wanted to be good at it, and I wanted to enjoy it.
So where do I see myself in 5 years?
I can’t tell you exactly what job I see myself holding, but I CAN tell you that I see myself working at a job that I love. Working somewhere that allows me to use my talents appropriately. One that lets me bring the best of myself to the table, and one that lets me use that to help other people.
When it comes to my career, I guess I’ve chosen a less-than-conventional path. Rather than focusing on one specific discipline, I think that there are lots of jobs that I could be good at and happy with.
I don’t have ONE specific dream job. I don’t have ONE specific job that I aspire to have one day- one that if I never get, I’ll be devastated.
That’s just me.
And while some people may think that makes me unfocused, I like to think that it makes me more flexible.
And in today’s super-unstable job market, that’s probably not such a bad thing.
It’s just kind of funny, really, becuase it seems that people expect us to have it all figured out by the time we graduate college.
By then, OBVIOUSLY, we should know what our dream job will be. We should know where we want to be in 5…10…15 years.
And again, if you don’t, some people think you lack focus.
But the truth of it all is that some people NEVER figure that out. People spend their entire lives figuring out what they like…what they don’t like…what they’re passionate about.
It’s a process of trial and error.
So if you’re like me and don’t know exactly where you’ll be 5 years from now, don’t worry, you’ll figure it out as you go.
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