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This week’s topic: Plans for the future
This is the infamous interview question. “Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?” And the honest truth? I have no idea. I love to plan. I have calendars with goals and agendas all over them. I procrastinate by making plans to not procrastinate. And yet, when we’re talking long term, I get a bit glossy eyed and a lot uncertain.
Thankfully, my home life is one area where there’s not a lot of doubt. I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 9 years now and, while I know nothing is ever certain, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I suppose we might finally get married, but seeing as we’ve talked about that a few hundred times in the also almost 9 years we’ve lived together, I guess it’s not that high on either of our agendas. I was never the little girl who dreamed about her wedding – in fact, I think wedding and I see dollar signs, so I’m ok skipping that particular tradition. The one reason I could see us changing our mind is that we would really like to have kids – he has a son, whom I adore and consider my own, but we’d like at least one together too. But I think we’d both be thrilled if we had a child within the next couple years.
So that’s the easy stuff. The hard part is career. I think I’ve finally accepted that I am not going to find satisfaction or happiness in a career. It took moving to St. Louis and attending grad school, where I thought I’d be so happy, but I turned out to be miserable to realize this. I THOUGHT that I would love to be in academia. But turns out, while I LOVE to teach (and I hear I’m a pretty great teacher too), I ABSOLUTELY HATE research and academia. So on that front I have one goal – to finish as much as I can. That may just mean getting my Master’s degree, which I should earn in May. I think it highly unlikely that I’ll make it to my PhD, although I’m on a full fellowship and I hate to throw something like that away. So if I manage to finish my PhD, in about 4 years I’ll hopefully have a job teaching at a state university. But in the more likely event that I just get my Master’s, I hope to find a job at a university or community college, perhaps working with programs for disadvantaged youth. Hopefully something that will put my Master’s to good use. In a dream scenario, the book I’m currently working on in my spare time (now that’s a joke!) will be widely popular and I’ll be the next JKR. Since that’s even less likely than my finishing my PhD, that middle scenario sounds likely.
Ultimately, I think you can probably see that my plans for the future revolve more around family than career. A career/job is how I will support those infinitely more important goals (for me) and I guess that’s why that goal is really very unclear. How’s that for a 5/10 year plan? 🙂
What are your plans for the future?