Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years

Akashi Bridge, Hyogo Prefecture

I have been doing job hunting for the past two months and while preparing for the 101 cliche questions that are usually asked in a job interview, it hit me that I don’t have any dreams or goals in life.

where do you see yourself in 5 years

Answering the question, I honestly don’t know.

I really don’t.

It’s a difficult question as I pride myself as someone who is a meticulous planner and totally ‘not going with the flow’ type of people but when it comes to thinking about future, I’m one clueless potato. I don’t have any specific ambitions ― who I wanted to be, whether I wanted to start my own business when I graduate or just write the book that I always wanted to write.

Growing up, I have been taught that those who failed to plan is planning to fail but when it comes to future, life taught you otherwise. It taught me that however detailed your plan is, God’s plan is the best one.

5 years ago,
I thought I had everything figured out.

5 years ago,
I wanted to become a chemical engineer because the pay yo the pay.

where do you see yourself in 5 years
making banks

5 years ago,
I never imagined myself to walk away from natural sciences to liberal arts.

5 years ago,
I didn’t know that I would end up studying the Japanese language.

Thinking it through, I come to realise the reason I couldn’t answer the question mainly because I don’t even know whether I could make it alive tomorrow so how can I predict what kind of person I would be in the future? The only thing I know is that I have to work hard in constantly improving myself so when the time comes where I found my passion I would have the abilities to pursue it.

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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  1. 5 years ago , I also don’t know what I want . And , end up I’ve got a job but in banking line which is I don’t like banking . But, as you mentioned before . Allah the best planner for us . Who knows and I also can’t believe that I already work in banking line for 7 years . Pernah jugak rasa nak resign tapi bila dah kerja lama and co-workers semua best. Jadi sayang.

    Pape pun dear Rasya . Don’t give up . Keep on going .

  2. 5 years ago, I didn’t know what I loved. 5 years ago, I was incredibly lost. 5 years ago, I had a totally different vision of what my life would be. And that’s okay. I really needed this post today. You have no idea. It’s amazing to look back and see how far we have come. It’s also amazing to imagine the future. Thank you so much.

  3. you’ll never know what’s going to happen in the future. we can only plan ahead, but He may have better plan installed for you.

  4. Hi Nurul 🙂 I like how your blog gives me that kind of friendly and comfortable feeling which I don’t see it from many of other blogs . May I ask how old are you ? ( I know its kinda rude ) but , I saw that you’re taking Japanese language and I think its very interesting . Ive been wanting to visit Japan with my friends but I know nothing about Japanese language and no worries your English is good ^^ Oh and thanks for visiting my blog 😀

    1. Thank you xD I’m 23 years old this year and no no, it’s not rude at all. If you have any questions about Japan or learning the Japanese language feel free to email or dm me in IG.

  5. Awesome post. Since you brought it up, it makes me wonder what I’d be like in 5 years to come. I think just pondering about it is a pretty scary thing to do. One, being that it’s something I can’t foresee because a lot of things are unpredictable and two, what we do today and tomorrow will always stray away from what we initially plan. We have different goals every day so predicting what I would want later would be tough. I guess refreshing our goals every day and going with the flow are good advices for me. hehe Thanks for this post!

  6. Assalamualaikum n hi Nurul Rasya 🙂
    Hahaha, this post is attracting me to leave my comment here. It’s been a while from my last time visiting your blog. Wow, it’s changed, again ! ^^
    You’re jinjja particularly a creative blogger ! Daebak !
    Orite, regarding this post of yours, hurmmm… It took a long breath of mine as I’m thinking back who was I 5 years ago and who I will become in next 5 years… Hahaha.

    5 years ago… Somehow a bit same like you… At that time, I was never imagine my life would ever having opposite counterpart from the mainstream course I studied. I thought I would ‘live’ forever in Pure Science course or at least, being involve in food science as I always love chemistry and always eager on food content by at that time.

    But Allah is the best planner. Who would know, I left the journey as a food science student in my bachelor degree. Instead, becoming a retail branch asst manager after 5 years of multiple work experiences. Lot of journey for the past 5 years that most of it makes me forget how quick time flies.

    And I never thought I would meet your blog and your journey in Japan (as this is one of my dream – to study abroad – 5 years ago that I’m still unable to achieve it yet but you’re inspiring me by read your stories of being there)

    And… Thanks Nurul Rasya, for bring me to look back once again…… So that I could fix my bad from the past for the better future in next 5 years hehehe…

    I hope to continue our conversation on e-mail again. Insya-Allah~

    Salam 15th Ramadhan from Johor, Malaysia.

    Regards, Ct Roxalynna.

    1. Oh wow thank you for the lovely comment xD
      I think life is great in a way that what we expect is not what we would get.
      And I hope that in the future you would be able to achieve your dreams.

  7. Huhu somehow I didn’t imagine my life would turn out like this 5 years ago. It’s a bit diverted from my plan. And it proves that human can only plan, when all the best plans come from Allah. 🙂

  8. I also never thought who I’ll be now for the past five years. But surely Allah will guide us just never stop moving forwards. 🙂

  9. So anwar hadi wrote about this thing but it was for 10 years. Just dream it off so I did one (I wrote it in my blog but it was so vague). However, it made me think and somehow it made me feel like I can do this. Living a meaningful life. I strongly recommend for you to try it.

    Btw, chemical engineer to liberal far. Oh how far she has fall, lol.

    1. I respect those who have dreams and work hard relentlessly towards it because I have none now lol. I had read yours before. Good luck in finding a niche business that you wanted to do. Just a suggestion, but you should try writing a book. And the genre should be poetry xD

      I Lol-ed at the last sentence. I don’t know about everyone else, but when I wanted to study engineering I searched the internet for the highest paying jobs and chemical engineer is included in the list lol

      Btw, do you know that you always leave one of the best comments in my posts?

  10. 5 years ago I couldn’t even imagine myself being an ICT student! Cliche, but in the end, kita hanya mampu merancang, Allah yang menentukan 🙂

  11. Sama la. Tak boleh nampak/ bayang lagi 5 tahun akan datang.
    Dalam masa kejap pun macam-macam boleh jadi apatah lagi 5 tahun akan datang, kan? yang penting buat je dengan habis baik.
    good luck with your future. Semoga semua dipermudahkan.

  12. Mama pun sebenarnya x suka soalan ni. Apapun 6g terjadi adalah qada Dan qadar Allah. Namum begitu, tak ada salahnya juga untuk kita plan Dan set objective utk our future

  13. Betul, kadang kita tak leh nak putus tepat-tepat apa yang kita akan jadi pada masa mendatang, kdg apa yang kita nak sangat capai tak tercapai-capai, yang taknak tu lah datang bergolekgolek, orang cakap apa : Perancangan Allah lagi besar. 🙂

  14. 5 yrs ago, berangan nak kerja dalam lab, pakai lab coat, main microscope. Yeh dah separuh jalan, baru sedar, betapa tak bestnya kerja dalam tempat tertutup dan sempit dan sejuk macam tu. hahah.

    Ehhhh template baru kan ? <3 <3 <3

  15. We can’t predicted our life where should we go . We have some goals but yet we get something different .. Effor is a definitely a yes bcs of this kind of thing we know where the destinations we go step by step ….. Riugh , Risk but beautiful at the same time .. Nice post — from — – Syamsid Blog —-

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