What Do You Want To Do In 5 Years?

You’re Wrong!
Nov 13 2014 42,945Views 2,038Likes 283CommentsShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google PlusShare on Twitter
For the past couple years I’ve asked myself a simple question to help guide my career: What do I want to do in five years? The inevitable answer: I want to be the head of corporate communications at a great company.

Last week my mentor asked me the same question. Confidently I responded with, “I want to be the head of corporate communications at a great company.” You’re WRONG, he immediately fired off. Huh? I didn’t think there was a wrong response to that question. Wrong again.

He went on to explain why I was wrong, which I think is worth sharing more broadly. He said, “I didn’t ask you what you want your job title to be in five years. I asked you what you want to do in five years. So what do you love, and hate, doing?”

I rattled off a list of things. Then he asked, “Are there jobs beyond head of corporate communications that would afford you the opportunity to continue doing what you love — like content marketing, project management, video production, etc.?” Yep, there certainly are.

So next time you’re charting your career path, think about what you love and hate doing instead of the title you want on your profile, desk name plate or door five years down the road.

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