Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?
I can tell you that as a recent graduate from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa the most dreaded question for me to be asked in either a personal or professional setting is: Where do you see yourself in 5 years, specifically what is your dream job?
Taking a step back if you would have asked me a year ago if I had dreamt that I had just completed a contract at a nonprofit and would be currently participating in a 5-week entrepreneurship training program through Venture for Canada, I would have said no. My dream jobs have been quite diverse: wanting to be a mermaid like Ariel, an RCMP officer like my father, a crown prosecutor like you see on television, a marketing director in a nonprofit, and a corporate executive at Procter&Gamble.
The lesson that I have learned in my short time in the workforce is that I was very fortunate to grow up in a household where both of my parents woke up every morning energized and happy to go to work (my father is a RCMP officer and my mother is a nurse). I am not saying that they love every aspect of their job, nor am I saying that there are not hard times in both of their jobs, but the good parts far outweighed the bad parts. Both jobs have become an integral part of their identities. With this said, if you were to ask both of my parents if their career paths were their “dream jobs” or if they would have predicted their paths, both would say no.
The one lesson I wanted to share with everyone is that I have come to learn that dream jobs are not always what you expect. When you are actually in the moment or experiencing life, you cannot always predict what will inspire you nor should you restrict yourself to a set path to your so-called “dream job.” The most important aspect of any dream job is that you are energized and happy to go to work and that the good parts far outweigh the bad parts in your job. We have all read numerous articles, books, and listened to countless podcasts and videos on the importance of taking care of yourself and ensuring happiness in your life. No matter how cliche this sounds, this is truly the most important aspect of your dream job.
I still do not have a specific answer to what is your dream job? However, I have come to discover that I do have an answer to where do you see yourself in five years? I want to be working somewhere that not only inspires me to grow as an employee but that I am happy to wake-up for every morning; essentially I want the level of happiness I was brought up in!
To leave you with one final thought: I still dread the question where do you see yourself in five years, specifically what is your dream job? But, I have come to learn it is okay not to have a direct path or have the perfect dream job in mind, the most important aspect to choosing a dream is choosing a dream that truly makes you happy!