| ||Ask HN: How do you answer “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”|
69 points by mud_dauber 84 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 68 comments |
|This literally came to me in the shower.|
A couple of recruiters posed the "5 years" question to me over the past week. In earlier days I would have signaled my ambition with "general manager with P&L responsibility" or some similar sentiment.
Well, the years have passed. I've cycled through a series of, well frankly, shitty tech jobs. I'm relatively close to FIRE status but forge ahead whenever there's an opportunity to learn a new skill, or to be around people that I like & trust. Hopefully both.
My question is, why not answer the 5Y this way: "As the technical master of <this domain at this company>. Nothing more, nothing less." Because I've had it with trying to look ambitious. It's just not worth the heartburn.
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