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Do Tell: Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

For some people, this is an exciting question that's often asked in interviews. If you know what you want and what steps it takes to get there, you can really look like a go-getter answering it.

But what if you're not sure what you want, or never even gave this any thought?

The question also has a second question built in — how are you going to get there? I'm kind of a free spirit and this wouldn't be an easy question for me to answer.

Where do you see yourself in five years?


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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Making money as a graphic designer and then getting my masters in education to get out of graphic design to help children. Of course I have to lie about it for an interview. I plan on using my employment to get into a more worthwhile career that I could retire from and get a pension. That's what I want the next five years.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I hope I have a good job and a promising career, since I'm graduating from college in two years. And I really hope I get to travel abroad in the mean time. Already planning my first of hopefully many trips, so I'm optimistic. :) Other than that I really just live day by day.
redjupe44 redjupe44 7 years
I hope to have a decent career, I will have been done with college 2 years before.. maybe have a relationship.. or maybe being content with dating. Hopefully I am friends with the people I am friends with now. I might be living at home, or I might have an apartment. These are my guesses, hopefully/probably one of the two are right in some cases!
dianadilettante dianadilettante 7 years
I'll be 20, and hopefully in University? Who knows.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
in five years i will probably be in college working towards getting my masters. aside from that i have no idea.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
I see myself as finished schooling to have a bachelors in science in custom dressmaking small business oriented, and owning my own boutique. I see myself married, but not with child.not owning my own place, but i think i'd be ok with that. I realistically see myself starting to put down the roots for creating my own dress shop.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
Hopefully owning my own place, and with a very stable job
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
Probably just finishing university, hopefully in America :)
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
People ask this about my life, my career, my relationship...and my answer is always the same. I do not see myself in 5 years. You can never predict where your life is going. I don't know if I will still be a teacher, I may have a kid and be a stay at home mom. I may be married, I may not be married, I may not be with the same person. I don't have real "goals" anymore, I just take it day by day. I used to really plan for the future, but I realized there is no point in doing that. I used to be appalled by my boyfriend, who when asked if he wants to be with me forever, said "I don't know. It hasn't been forever yet". It started to make me think that nothing is certain, even if you want it to be. I love my life, my boyfriend and my job. If those things change, they will change. I am happy RIGHT NOW. Right now I say I still want to be with my current BF, I still want my current job. Is it set in stone? Nope. I am happy with it like this. Having no plans for what my life has to be like in 5 years means no disappointments, and perhaps being pleasantly surprised. I am the kid who thought so badly of her future that she didn't see herself graduating high school OR college, and had a 4.0 GPA. Haha. People would be like "Are you graduating next year", and I'd be like "I don't know." haha.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Truthfully, I have little idea. I've come to learn that I could never answer that question. Five years ago, I would have never predicted my current life, and five years ago before that, I would have not predicted those past circumstances either. My answer is I don't know. Time will tell. :)
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
I can see myself at the same job since I like it here. I see myself married, financially stable, thinking about having children, and just far enough away from my parents that they are out of my hair.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 7 years
in five years, hmm i want to have my own business, and like spacekatgal id love to get my art out there, even take a class to refine what i do, have a little house with my one and only and have get togethers with those that are near me now as often as possible. in general, i hope to be happy and making something of my life.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Full professional license, working on my doctorate, client manager at my current company for career. For home life, living in a house where I can finally get a horse again. And of course, still happily married with my two fuzzy children who will be approaching middle age in dog years.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Still a prosecutor, moved up to Circuit Court though and trying felonies. have 1 kid, mayyyybe 2 by then. Move out of the city and into the burbs
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I will be the mother of one and hopefully by then, 2. I also plan on switching up my career. I've kind of reached the pinnacle in my current field and want to mix it up.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
In five years I hope to have figured out where I am.
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