“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
Isn’t that one of the worst questions to hear?? I HATE that question! I mean, five years ago when I was 23 years old I thought that by 28 I would have:
- Full time career
- Adopted 1 (maybe 2) kid
- Owned a home
- Owneda dog
- New car
- Donating money to causes I care about
- Traveling around the world
Well… out of my list, most of it I have NOT done. I have traveled a little bit but I haven’t touched my bucket list of places I want to go. And I am proud to say that I am volunteering. Other than those two things, I didn’t make it to where I thought I would be… paths change.
I went to a meeting this week with my mentor (we’ll call her PG) and a group of other professionals. We are working on a bid for a project and she is so amazing to bring me in on this. The deal between us is that I help her with marketing and she helps develop me in my new career in Leadership Development and Training (don’t worry, she’s going to pay me for my work!).
At this meeting, one of the team members asked to talk to me after to see if he could use me on any of his future projects. One of his questions, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your dream job / career in this field?”
I looked at him with a giant smile on my face and replied,
I have no idea what I want to be or where I will be in 5 years. I did that when I worked in marketing. I set a career path and followed it. But I don’t want to do that this time. I have been learning so much about all the different areas that I feel like it is too soon to decide.
My personality type loves schedules. I love to have everything planned to a T. I want to know where I will be, not just tomorrow, but every minute of tomorrow and the rest of this month. But I have decided that I will not make a 5 year plan when it comes to my career. I just want to learn, push myself and see what comes next.