“Lisa, where do you see yourself in five years?”
This interview question has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m not exactly sure why, but it really did get me to focus on the fact that while I have a ten year plan, I don’t have a five year plan. And so I got to thinking:
I have talked about going back to school and working on my doctorate in Education, but haven’t been sure if I want to continue with Education Leadership or concentrate on something else. Hence my “dragging my feet” to apply.
I really want to be happy with what I’m doing: satisfied, content, EXCITED. I can’t honestly say I am any of these right now. Sure, this school year has started off better than last. But that’s because I have a better idea of what I’m doing, not because I enjoy it.
I love teaching. I love watching my students discover. I love watching the “light bulbs” flash when they stumble upon the answer. I don’t, however, love the politics of teaching … the required curriculum, the massive amounts of book knowledge mandated at times into almost a scripted form where I can’t even provide or allow time for my students to develop a love of learning.
So what is my five year plan? Well, I want to work with two distinct segments of the population: the elderly and the young. Pretty broad, I know. My plan requires me to head back to grad school and complete a second Master’s. I’m not sharing all of my plan right now as there are several benchmarks I need to accomplish before I can say I’ve truly achieved my goal.
All I can say is this: I checked the temp just now and it’s 64* outside. SIXTY-FOUR DEGREES!
It’s going to be an awesome day!