Where will you be in 5 years?

Everyone dreads the first job interview after college when the interviewer looks you in the eye and asks you where you want to be in 5 years. I still remember my answer to this question that, surprisingly enough, landed me a job in Florida for 3 years before I tossed in the journalism towel.

Most people like to take their time with questions such as this to come up with a thoughtful answer. Not your insomniac! Instead, diarrhea of the mouth took hold, and I blurted out a very real and honest answer … “I don’t really like to plan that far in advance. I just go with the flow so as not to disappoint myself when things don’t work out as planned.”

My answer was met with a long pause. I immediately wanted to take it back and say, “I see myself working for a fast-growing multimedia company in Destin … blah … blah.” My boss-to-be finally found words to respond to me, “I must say that you have some very interesting answers to my questions. I haven’t heard that before.” Of course, to the disbelief of everyone, I got the job with my brutally honest charm!

5 years from now …

Someone asked me this again today, and I started thinking about 5 years down the road. Where will I be? Do I really want to not have a plan or goal to work toward? Surprisingly, I realized how different I am from my younger 20-something self. I do have goals, and I do have plans. Unfortunately, all of those plans still are not the best answers to give in a job interview …

Without further ado, here are 10 plans on the agenda to accomplish by 2016 (in no particular order) …

  1. Graduate from nursing school!!!!
  2. Travel to Ireland
  3. Move to a bigger city with more exciting adventures and better options for us single gals
  4. Get into the best physical shape of my life (this includes taking on a trainer and healthier eating)
  5. Find the man who I want to spend the rest of my life with (Yes, Jim, you were right … guess I am looking for my MRS. Ha!)
  6. Land an awesome job as a nurse
  7. Figure out who I am and learn to be comfortable in my own skin for a change
  8. Purchase a Toyota Corolla (definitely missing Obsidian … Orencia just doesn’t feel right)
  9. Get a couch and a dining room table (sitting and eating on a coffee table gets a little old)
  10. Encourage my mom and other members of my family to take control of their health (I love them and want them around for a long time!)

Now it is your turn to tell me where you would like to see yourself in 5 years …

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4 Responses to Where will you be in 5 years?

  1. Jim says:

    #2. Been there. Absolutely beautiful. Didn’t wanna leave. You’ll love it.
    #3. Get out of Alabama. Nay, the South. Far away.
    #5. Yes, I know.
    #7. Willing to help, if wanted.

    • What does 5 years look like for you? Hopefully, you won’t still be having those zombie dreams! I can’t really leave the South, but I can move to a bigger, more open-minded city. Perhaps, the city will have what it takes to change my mentality on finding the man of my dreams. All little girls were raised on fairy tales. Most of us have the same line of thinking. Guess you were just lucky to find the girls who didn’t :)

  2. Jim says:

    Where? Anywhere but here. Currently mostly focused on doing now what I can to land a solid and well-paying writing gig, in order to provide me the income needed to plan out what I’d like to be doing five years from now. Of course, I could be dead in the next five years, or five seconds, so the best thing I do is be the best me, right now.

    • It sounds to me like you are taking the stance I used to take and refusing to make plans :) Good luck finding a WELL paid writing assignment. I jumped ship because too many people were willing to do what I was getting paid to do for free, but you probably do it better than I ever could … I always sucked as a professional writer.

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