Five Years From Now – Thinking about your future

One of the most dreaded interview questions has to be “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”  I always wanted to crawl under the chair when they asked that.  What’s the right answer?  “Anywhere but here?”  Probably too snarky.  “A leading contributor to my field and a valued asset to this organization?”  Sounds like a textbook answer.  And so on. 

At the same time, it’s probably a question worth asking yourself – especially if that first response is the one that springs to mind. 

If you’re a musician in a church job, are you where you want to be in five years?  If you want to stay, how do you want your music and your choir to sound?  If you want to move, where would you go?  Or would you rather do something else?  Or add another string to your musical bow – arranging, composing, solo performing?

I’m not saying what anyone should do.  I’m just suggesting the question.

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About Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou’s life in sacred music began in a children’s choir at the age of three. Instrumental music waited until her piano lessons started in primary school. And her music life remains a joyous pairing of sacred vocal music and the instrumental repertoire of Spain, Ireland, and Scotland.

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