I was fresh out of junior college, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, hoping to land a scholarship like all my other peers. At one of the interviews (by one of my dream organizations to work for), I was asked “where do you see yourself in ten years time?” I did a quick mental calculation – she meant 29.
I was without a boyfriend then, but somehow I confidently replied “oh I see myself happily married with kid(s)” and as an after thought added, “with a successful career”. The interviewer stared at me blankly, grinned, thanked me for my honesty and said that was the most original answer she’s ever heard (probably a euphemism for “hello, which world do you come from??”) And nope I didn’t land the scholarship. I was not ambitious enough for these organizations.
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