What do you want to do with your future?


‘If you want lớn make God laugh, tell him about your plans’.

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Woody Allen was right, as the history has proven countless times. We can plan and dream và hope, yet we never have things completely under our control. A pandemic starts, or we get sick, or something positive happens–such as falling in love with a stranger, và suddenly we have to lớn change our plans, or want to lớn change them.

But what does it mean for your job interview? Should you philosophize about uncertainty of life, or should you come up with a precise & concrete answer, explaining what you want vày in six month, three years, và ten years from now? You can actually succeed with both approaches to the question, as long as you explain your reasoning. As a rule of a thumb, however, you should try lớn connect your future plans with their company. This can mean internal promotion, but also having the same job for a foreseeable future, when there are no obvious career growth opportunities.

Let’s have a look at 7 sample answers lớn this interesting interview question. I tried to include in my selection answers for a variety of situations & jobs, including jobs nobody wants to lớn have for longer than six months, as well as a couple of unconventional answers (philosophizing about vanity of planning in the uncertain world we live in), & also one answer that focuses primarily on goals & plans outside of work, and one answer for students (applying for a place in a study program instead of for a job). Go through them, think for a few seconds about each one, & pick one that resonates with you, và with the message you try khổng lồ convey to the hiring managers.

7 sample answers to lớn “What are your future plans?” interview question

To be honest, I do not have any big plans. I would enjoy working as a receptionist in a nice hotel with a great management, just lượt thích this one. My future plans are having a job I enjoy doing, finding good life-work balance, foster good relationships both at work and in my personal life, & simply enjoy every day as it comes và goes. Of course, I plan khổng lồ continue working on my language skills, because I want to lớn become better in my work. But when it comes lớn the job, I vì chưng not dream of changing my career, or of anything similar.

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My future plans can be summed up in one sentence: lớn make a great career in this international corporation. Of course, I have some positions on my mind. A finance manager, later perhaps an FP&A director. As you can see I dare vày dream big. At the same time, however, I realize I have lớn start here as an entry cấp độ financial analyst, learn the ins & outs of the job, prove my skills & dedication lớn work, & just then I can think of promotion & better jobs.My future plans are yet to lớn be decided. I am still young, và trying lớn find my calling. It is one of the reasons why I apply for a job with your company–because it is very big, you have many departments, offices overseas, và I feel that options are almost endless here, of course as long as you try hard và do not mind sacrificing something for your job. What exactly I will do, however, and where I will kết thúc up living, I cannot tell now. But I am excited about the future, & without a doubt I will come up with some tangible plans down the road.Speaking honestly, I prefer lớn live in a present moment. Plans? God, I had many. You would not believe if I told you. But sometimes I wasn’t ready to lớn pursue them, other times destiny stepped into my way. I learned the hard way that regardless of how hard we try, we never have things fully under our control. Và it doesn’t matter whether we talk about personal life, or professional career. Future plans? They only bring me anxiety. Hence for the last few years I prefer living in the moment, focusing on the task at hand, and going with the flow. At the moment I try to lớn get a job with your retail store. With my year of birth, however, no interview is easy anymore. I did what I could to prepare for this meeting. If I get the job, I will vì my best every day, & let’s see what’s next. Living in the present is liberating.

I plan khổng lồ start a family in five years time. It is my biggest dream as a woman–to have kids, and to be a good mother. Of course, we never know what the future will bring, and you need two people for starting a family. But this is my plan for the future, và I will try my best khổng lồ pursue it. Speaking about my professional career, I’d be happy to work as a secretary until then, and then return back after maternity leave… Is there anything else you’d lượt thích to know about my future goals and plans?I do not have any future plans. Had some in the past, things haven’t worked out, và I only ended up disappointed. In my opinion, when we fixate on something in the future–some object of our desire, be it another person, a job, or a nice thing we want to lớn buy, such as a new house, our job & daily life becomes just a means to an end. We go khổng lồ work và around our daily business just to lớn achieve X & Y in the future. Và that’s a recipe khổng lồ depression & unhappiness. Why should we rob ourselves of the most precious thing we have–the present moment? I also learned that when we take care of the present, the future will take care of itself. What I try to convey here is that if I focus 100% on the task at hand, and do it well, and then repeat it again & again, there’s no doubt I will progress in my career. & that’s exactly what I try to lớn do, & my way of living.My future plan is khổng lồ become a great nurse. It is something I have been dreaming of for years. Now I am just applying for a place at a nursing school, & I know I have a long road ahead of me. But I see the meaningful purpose in this job, know what I want to achieve in life, and I hope it will drive me forward in my studies, & help me overcome the challenges I will undoubtedly face while trying lớn earn my degree.

Show some excitement for the future, or for the present

Regardless of whether you opt for conventional approach, or philosophize about the vanity of planing in the 21st century, they should hear some excitement in your voice. And it doesn’t matter what job you are applying for, and how far it is from your “dream career”.

Of course, the main reason why we go lớn work is the need to earn money to live. That’s how it works in life, và it likely won’t be any otherwise in the future. If you want to avoid sleeping on the street, you have to create some value for others (in your job, or in your business)–unless you were born in a golden cage, but you probably wouldn’t be reading this article in such a case…

The point I try to convey here is that employers vị not want to hire pessimistic và bitter employees, who vì not see anything positive about their future. Show some excitement for what’s ahead, your job with them, good things awaiting you in your life outside of work, & so on.


Make sure khổng lồ have realistic future plans

Anything is possible và we can dream big, but you should try to keep it realistic in your interviews. For sure you can become a CEO of Tesla or General Electric one day. But it perhaps isn’t the best idea talking about such plans while you apply for an entry cấp độ role in these companies, or for a kitchen helper job at McDonald’s. It is just too farfetched.

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Think about a position you can realistically have in a year, three years, five years, ideally within their organization, và focus on it while narrating your future plans. & if you are not sure, you can always opt for answer no. 4 or no. 6 on my list, focusing on present, & explaining why you prefer to vì chưng so.

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