Where do you see yourself in five years time?


Young teacher in schoolYou shouldn’t show high career growth ambitions in your interview. Position of an elementary teacher offers limited career growth options, if it offers any.

One can be promoted and become an assistant principal in time, but you should not talk about this in your interview. You should say that you love to teach and therefore you prefer to have the same job in five years time. You can be ambitious with your teaching skills, however, saying that you want to become a better teacher, a better person.


Responsible people have goals

Some applicants say that they do not think about what will happen in five years, that they do not have any goals. But responsible people think about their future and they have some plans. Do not present yourself like a teenager who sees only today, and do not think about tomorrow. . . .

Talk about personal life. Saying that you would love to start a family in five years time is absolutely all right. Schools, unlike other institutions, do not need to hire people for a long time. They would be happy to have you on board for many years to come, but they would not mind if you left after three years, to start a family. There are always other teachers that will replace you until you come back.

Sample answers

I love this job and I would be happy to work as an elementary teacher in many years to come. But I hope to improve my teaching skills along the way, and become a really good teacher in five years time.

I see myself as a good role model for many children in my classes. That would be nice and would make me satisfied in five years.

I do not have any career plans, but I think about starting a family in four, or in five years time. I would be glad to work as an elementary teacher until then, and come back after my maternity leave. However, we never know what tomorrow will bring. Maybe I will not start a family at the end. But I have no doubts regarding my professional career. I want to work as an elementary teacher for a long time.

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