In five years, I see myself working with either a mid-size or big-four accounting firm. By that point, I will be a senior or hopefully promoted (or in the process) towards a manager position at whatever firm I’m at. By that point, also have my CPA license (of course).
Wherever I am within the firm, I hope to have had some sort of impact among my peers and have the utmost confidence in my abilities to perform in the audit practice (that is of course while still learning as much as I can). Assuming that the firm I’m with has such, I would be involved with a club/committee of some sorts.
In addition (and also depending on the firm I’m with), maybe apply for a Global Exchange Program of some sorts and work in another office in another country or so for a while, depending where I am in my personal life.
Regarding my personal life, I have no idea where I would be at. I see myself in a happy relationship with someone I love; I see myself living in an apartment or house, maybe with roommates, depending; maybe owning a dog; still keeping young, but moving forward with life. While this is what I see and imagine things to be, it’s impossible to realistically predict this. The status of my personal life is something (as funny as it may sound) that I feel like I can not foreshadow or control the future of. So much can change within a span of five years.
And while I value and praise this idea of where I would like to be personally, it’s something I can not plan for. One’s personal life can not accurately be predicted; a career can be.
Thinking about the idea more, I hope to possibly spend time traveling as well (perhaps something I can actually control planning). Being inspired by specific movies and people around me, perhaps spend time each summer traveling to a new country of some sorts with a number of friends. That would be pretty neat to do.
This is a typical question that is asked for some interviews. For my own thought and enjoyment, I figured I would answer this myself in an formal / informal setting. If it was a formal setting, I would have cut it off after the second paragraph or so.