Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
- Posted on May 10, 2018
- Estimated reading time 3 minutes
“Where do you see yourself in 3 years,” is by far my least favorite interview question. And, if I had been asked that when I started at Avanade 3 years ago, I guarantee that my answer wouldn’t align with where I am today.
I joined Avanade as a referral from a long-time mentor and friend, and although my post-MBA experience had always been in B2B tech marketing, I found myself on the Global Talent Acquisition team and saw this as an opportunity to create change and expand my skillset. I leveraged my communications, project management and team building skills to lead and support initiatives to create a better onboarding experience, and provide training, tools and best practices for our recruiters globally to create an exceptional candidate experience.
Then, one cold January morning in NYC, I received a call from my manager who presented me with a short-term stretch opportunity as an interim recruiting manager for Australia, based out of Sydney. At the time there wasn’t much hesitation, other than never having spent a day in my life recruiting. Leaving winter in the US? Easy. Understanding our business? Check. Fast learner? Confirmed. Faith in my ability to deliver results? Done. Within a fortnight, I had my bags packed, a working visa, and I was headed down under for a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Through my 24-hours of travel, the excitement outweighed the thoughts and reality of leaving my life for an indeterminate amount of time. From the minute I stepped foot into the Sydney office, I knew I had made the right decision. I was welcomed and embraced by my new team. I dove in to understanding the situation and pressing needs, and in the process established connections and built trust with stakeholders so that I could uncover additional ways to deliver value.
In the end, I had re-established recruiting processes and best practices with 12 different talent community leads, and helped onboard the new talent acquisition lead for the country. I personally connected with 62 different candidates, leading to 19 offer negotiations and 15 hires, of which 26.6% were women, in support of our diversity recruiting initiatives around women in tech. And, although I won’t be pursuing a full-time recruiting position anytime soon, I know that with hard work, a business need and the support of leadership, I can truly create my own career path at Avanade.
So where do I see myself in the next 3 years? I have no clue, but I’m willing to bet that it’s in a new role, on a different team, possibly in another country, while still working for Avanade.