I’m happy that I’ve made the decision to continue my education. Looking forward to my son’s future is very important to me. I want him to know that he can do and go anywhere in life, all you need is a plan and follow it through. The feeling of fulfillment, having accomplished what you set out to do is wonderful. Where do I see myself in five years I have many dreams and goals in my life. I had aspirations of being a doctor something I had wanted to be since I was a child. But I realize that there are so many other steps I need to take in order to achieve these so called goals. This includes graduating from college and finding that perfect job. My expectations in five years are that I see myself well educated and living my life to the fullest with my son. Now seems to be the time to start taking life seriously and making responsible and educated choices.
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Now I come to a crossroad in my life where I choose what to do with my future and choose what will make me happy. My plans for the future are having a great job and with a loving family whose going to support me in my good and bad times. I have begun to realize that I have yet to begin my life everything up until now has been practice, as if I have been in a cage and it is only now that I am beginning to break free and do things for myself. I must work really hard to give my son a better future so it will be easier for him to concentrate more in school, because without education there’s really no future for anyone.
I want to be satisfied with my decisions to be able to accept and forgive, and most of all to be able to live up to the expectations I have for myself and my son. I will only accomplish my goal in being happy when I am able to live my life for myself and still able to provide love and support to others. I’ve learned so much about myself in these past two years. There has been many challenges but I have learned not to give up. My son is the one that keeps me going everyday if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. Who knows? Twenty years from now I’ll look back as a proud father knowing I didn’t give up
“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
When a hiring manager asks you this, there may be a few things running through your brain. “Moving (way) up the ranks,” “running this place,” “working for myself,” or “in your job,” for example.
None of which are necessarily things you should say out loud in an interview.
So, how do you answer the question? Watch this quick video, where Muse CEO Kathryn Minshew shares a formula developed by our career expert Lily Zhang. It’ll help you share your goals and ambitions the right way—and not give your interviewer anything to worry about.
(Can’t watch the video at work? Don’t worry—we’ve also copied the transcript below.)
How to Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”
So, how do you answer, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, “not in this job,” or, “in your job,” or something like, “at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere.” But none of those are things you actually want to say to a hiring manager.
The good news is you can be honest while still telling them what they really want to know. Do you have realistic expectations for your career? Are you ambitious? And does this particular position align with your growth and goals overall?
For example, one way I like to think about it is: Think about where this position could realistically take you, and think about how that aligns with some of your broader professional goals.
So, for example, you might say, “Well I’m really excited by this position at Midnight Consulting because in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the energy sector, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing managers, and so developing into a great manager myself is something I’m really excited about.”
So, what if this position is not a one-way ticket to your professional aspirations? It’s okay to say you don’t really know what the future holds, but you see how this experience could really help in making that decision.