Sunday, 9 March 2014

Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years Time?

Ugh. Just ugh.

We've all been there, sat at an interview with sweaty palms- nervous, naturally- but things are going well. They seem to be impressed with what we've said so far and our application has gone down well. We might just get this job, we might get to start with this great company, we might just...

"So, where do you see yourself in five years time?"

Oh. Erm... Well...

Your mind begins to stumble over itself as you flounder for words. You suddenly become increasingly aware of their eyes on you, the click of their pens as they wait for a response.

Where do you see yourself in five years time? In all honesty, I have no idea.

Who can honestly say? How can you possibly know?

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The truth is no one truly knows. We all like to think that we have a rough idea of where we are going in life but, truthfully, we have no idea.

Life is unpredictable- that is what makes it so precious and so damn scary sometimes. You don't know where you're going and you know what? That 's OK. You're not alone.

A lot can happen in five years. Think of the time between when you were thirteen and when you were eighteen and everything that happened in that length of time. Think of all of the friends made and lost, of all of the memories and experiences formed- of the amount of decisions made and plans changed.

The question is the equivalent of asking someone where they can see themselves in half a decade.

Not easy is it?

I am not saying this as an excuse to drift- but rather as an explanation. When you're feeling the pressure because you can't see the destination just remember one thing: all you need to see is the road ahead of you to reach your end goal.

Next time you're asked the question, 'Where do you see yourself in five years time?' don't panic. Maybe you'd like to be progressing well in your, hopefully new, career or in another country taking in another culture but, as long as your happy, I guarantee that you're on the right path.

Where would you like to be in five years time? Let me know below!