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5 year plan

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Do you have a 5-year plan?

When my Dad passed away, my 5-year plan was – Ok, be good, stay out of trouble and get a proper education. I ended up with 2 Degrees and a post-graduate Diploma. My 2nd 5-year plan was – Ok, be good and do your best to serve out your bond. And I did. The moment I completed it, I left for my current job. NOW… I’m reaching the end of my next 5-year plan. WHAT DO I DO?

It dawned on me that come January I’ll be into my 5th year at my current job. My portfolio has changed in the last 1 year and I’ve gotten a promotion/pay increment. I like that I’m given a good amount of autonomy to develop my programmes and really explore. I like the place I work in and I have great working relationships with my colleagues. There’s no reason for me to start hunting for another job or reviewing my options when things are going great. Of course, I have days where I dread the work and just refused to get up to go into the office (about 30% of the time).

Oh no… Is this age? This is terrible. So what do I do at the end of my 5th year? Do I stay or do I go? Does my job have to be a factor in my 5-year plan? Maybe I can 5-year plan something else? Buying my own place?

Author: Chloe Happ

I left Singapore for the US of A in 2013 and now live in Las Vegas with my indie game dev husband and our son Gummi Gumdrop. I am also probably much older than you think I am.

8 thoughts on “5 year plan

  1. Oh dear – 5 year plans are SO hard!! My partner and I recently came up with some long term goals for the next 5 years.

    Oh and I have a list of countries I want to visit in the next 10 years:)

    I think if you like your current job – you should stay there. I just say this as once I left a job tempted by better things (well on paper at least) but the new job was not as good as my old one.

    We all have days when we really can’t be bothered getting out of bed – but if you love your job most of he time – you should stay on I think^^

    • Yeah, so I was thinking. Maybe my 5 year plan doesn’t have to revolve around my job. Seeing that I’m going to complete my 5th year at this job should be the start of something else for me. Also, since I don’t have a partner. I think I should start preparing for the future of singlehood – single home ownership! It’s harder, so I should start now.

  2. I’m in my mid-30s and I still can’t fathom the idea of a five year plan, just because my life has had so many significant bumps and changes. I guess if I were to make one, it would be geared toward eradicating a portion of my student debt and getting a physical product of my work out the door, like a book. I guess I don’t want anything too much because I hate the idea of pressuring myself!

    • I’m about your age and I feel like I’ve always needed to work towards something. Most days I’m so aimless and irreverent. Having my 5 year plan helps me get back in line when I stray too far off into nothingness. I don’t find it pressurizing, more reassuring.

  3. It’s so good to know that you make plans for your life!!! I wish I had / have a 5-year-plan. But who knows where I’ll be, and what I’ll be doing next year, even.

    Can’t advice you on the job part, because, you know why :/

  4. 5 year plan = shubs and molls having the perfect flat in potong pasir! 😀

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