Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” has become a dreaded question for me in interviews. I’m not sure how to answer this question. Even being close to 30, I still have no idea where I want my career to take me. Do I answer the question honestly of I actually still don’t know what I want out of my career? I feel I still haven’t grown enough in my skills to fully know what I want. Or do I just flounder through the question and say, I want somewhere I can grow and become a manager? That’s the answer I’ve been giving because I think that’s what interviewers want to hear. But, is that the best answer?

I’m not sure it is. But, I’m also not sure if being honest is the best answer. At times I feel behind because even being 28, I still have no idea what I’m doing with my life. Where there are 22 year olds who have more of a clear path than I do. I have personal goals I want to accomplish. But, I’m still not sure where in my career I want to go. I know a goal of mine is to go to New York, get a new car, and hopefully move to southern California in the next five years. But, career wise, I don’t know.

Sure being a manager and having a team sound great. But when I think about it, I’m not sure that’s what I want. I know places I would like to work at or areas I would like to work in, but those goals aren’t something that probably won’t happen in the next five years. I don’t have the experience for those roles yet. I’m still trying to find my way into an agency. Or even into a social media/content writing role.

For me, this question is kind of loaded or comes with a lot of pressure. Do I answer this with honesty of I really have no idea, or I would like to grow into a management position. Maybe it couldn’t hurt to be a little more honest though. Of simply, I’m not sure.

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