His response was immediate: “I see myself as the CEO of a company I started from scratch and, quite possibly, at that point, I would be in the process of taking my company public.” Needless to say, my first thoughts were that the response was overly-confident, even arrogant, and unrealistic because it was extremely ambitious. His response to my next question, which was if he had any plans to achieve his goal, proved my first reaction wrong. He had a very detailed, thoroughly worked out plan in mind and as far as I could see, if he applied it, he would succeed in achieving his goals.
The interview motivated me to reflect upon my own goals and professional ambitions. My plan had always been to work for a year in the United States so to gain experience, and then move back to my home country where I would start my own company. I had chosen to major in business finance with this plan in mind because, apart from the fact that I like this field of study, I believe that my home business market needs business finance majors. The important thing is that this was the extent of my professional plan. The interview made me realise how weak and incomplete this plan really was.
Following the interview, I began to reflect upon my long-term career goals much more thoroughly and even asked myself some of the questions which I had asked my interviewee. Where do I see myself ten years after graduation and how will I get there? At that moment I realised that I saw myself as the founder and CEO of one of the most reputable business finance consultancy companies in my home country. I further realised that if I achieved this goal, I would be able to achieve a much more important objective which is to make my mark in my country’s business environment and, as such, contribute to national economic development and growth. To get there, however, to be able to achieve this goal,