What Are Your Goals?

*Interviewing a candidate for one of our positions*

Me: What’s your short term career goal? Where do you see yourself in 1-2 years?

Candidate: I don’t know. Never thought about it.

Me: What about your long term career goal? 5-10 years?

Candidate: Just working full time…

So do you think this person got the job? If you said no, then you’ve guessed correctly! Of course the person didn’t do well with the questions that came after, but I wanted to really highlight this question.

I didn’t show it during the interview (at least I think I didn’t), but I was shocked. I was confused and I thought to myself, how could anyone not have a goal? Something to work towards to and strive for.

I wasn’t looking for some big, ginormous goal like saving the world. I just wanted to know what their plans were.

Did you apply for this job for your family?

Looking for career advancement?

Literally anything would have sufficed! I felt frustrated about this probably because I was in that situation before and it was uncomfortable. After I graduated with my Masters and got the recruiter job, I thought to myself… what next?

Director?

Get an apartment?

New car?

Both were good goals, but it wasn’t what I wanted and it felt like I couldn’t go on until I found out what I wanted. I had to keep searching until I found my goal. So I talked to people, researched online, read articles, anything! Anything that would fill this void in me.

Eventually, as you can tell, I found a new goal which is to become a storyteller through animation, art, and writing. Now I feel more pumped and excited to wake up every morning. I also have a new plan and destination, and I get to move on to a new chapter in my life.

I don’t think the goal is all that matters because it’s one part of a whole picture. You definitely have to love the process as well, because I’ve been through that situation. Where I had a goal, but didn’t love the process or the journey. This of course left me feeling lost, but that’s a whole different story.

So what are your goals? and what are you doing to accomplish it? Would love to hear your experiences!

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