“Where do you want to be in 5 years?”
Could I answer “I don’t want to be in management, because I prefer spending all my time researching and supporting, instead of leading?” (#truestory)
Not really. If I said that, it would be an uphill battle to convince my boss to invest in me, to vouch for me, and not to fire me when push comes to shove.
That’s just the reality.
Career progression signals good performance.
If you are performing, you should be growing. Growing is moving up the ranks.
And moving up the ranks is often graduating from an individual contributor to a manager.
This progression rewards you with increased pay, better future earning power, and eternal family adulation and approval.
It’s a specific kind of rat race, and sometimes, gosh, it’s tiring.
The good news is, you have choices:
1, Try your best to prove that you are worthwhile as an individual contributor.
2, Embrace the reality and learn to #bossbetter. If it helps, remember- leadership is just a set of life-long techniques that can be mastered through deliberate practice.
(Or 3, hop around different races (companies) and stall eventuality)
Work diligently. You are bound to be successful.