Where do you see yourself Five Years Down the Line?

I have been asked by a lot of companies during my interview “Where do you see yourself Five Years Down The Line?” The time I started my career, I wasn’t sure whether I would continue to pursue my career in the same profile where I have got the job or my interest lies somewhere. One thing I was very much sure that I haven’t figured out what my five years plan looks like and I was not worried about it at all.

To summarize the fact, after 8+ years of my professional career I never thought I would pursue my career in Sales & Marketing. If I look back and start connecting the dots, I was always curious about how does any business functions. I vividly remember the days where I was used to working at a BPO during my college summer break, my curiosity was “Why does a company located in the US or European Countries outsource their Call Centers?” this led me to know that the model has been the most cost-effective solution and great opportunity in the economy for a developing nation.

After completing my graduation I got offered in an eCommerce company as a Customer Representative and never thought that I would have a career transition in Sales & Marketing. As the company was a Start-Up I got to gain knowledge on how does an Online Retail Shop functions right from managing the inventory to delivery of products to the customer. “I still didn’t figure out Where do I see myself Five Years Down The Line” 

It was a very informative and learning stint in my career at the eCommerce company however it lasted for 1.6 years as I got an opportunity to work in Sales for a mid-size IT firm. There was no break or transition in my profession after that and after spending 7 years in the Information Technologies industry, I still think there is a lot more to learn and be curious.

My “Five Years Down The Line” has been a roller coaster ride, the message I want to conclude is that It’s OK not to have a plan, you have to figure where your interest and passion lies and the path will follow.

Five Years is a long time and what I have always learned in my life and profession is that be a lifelong student, your learning process should never stop even though you complete a 4-year degree graduation.

Recently, I started this blog and write about my life & profession experiences. Who knows how’s my “Five Years Down The Line” looks like. Please let me know your experiences below in the comment section.

Find a great Boss to work with than Finding the Perfect Job

I still remember the day when I got my first job right after my college with an eCommerce start-up company. I was young and stupid, fresh out of college with lot of energy & enthusiasm, ready to perform any task which was assigned to me. I didn’t care about my career and what I want to accomplish in my life or I haven’t given much of a thought to it. I was least bothered how the company is performing in the market and how I can leverage my growth along with the growth of the organization.

I did work in the company for one a half years and joined a mid-size IT organization as a Sales Executive where it shaped me to be among the best in what I do. This is all because of my ex-Boss who was very hard on me and at the same time brings out the best in me.

Why a good Boss is an amazingly big deal?

A good boss is not someone who knows their business and delegate as easily as breathing. They are a Leader, a Mentor who will show you your flaws and your strength. They will take the risk for you and put their own reputation at stake.

A good boss will encourage you and at the same time they will be very hard on you as well, give you the resources to turn your confidence into legitimate desirable product.

They will always be a lifelong student and encourage you to keep learning. My ex-Boss would always tell me that if you look at the profession of a Doctor or a Lawyer you will always find them with a book or spending most of the time in research & development so in the same way, why can’t we keep upgrading ourselves as well.

A good boss will help you advance in your career growth, will protect and support you.

A study done and published on Forbes showed that more than 2 million people are quitting their jobs every month around the world. It showed that 74 percent of those who quit considering finding a new job with a ‘good boss’ while 32 percent are actively looking for another opportunity with a boss that would let them grow.