Disclaimer: i don’t know where i want to be in five years
Lucy Hart, Coordinator of Research and Capacity-Building
I didn’t know my current job existed until I had it. Genuinely, I am being serious.
I did my BA in Human Geography at University College London, then my MSc in Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, squeezing in a yoga teacher certification in-between. I only go places with three letter acronyms, you see (except for TRIBE Yoga School come to think of it, but I digress). My degrees taught me much, I did good work, but they weren’t designed to prepare me for a vocation.
Doesn’t everyone dread the question “where do you want to be in five years?” The truth: I don’t know where I will be in five years, but I am taking things as they come, and living in the moment. I love my job and am playing my part in making the world an ever so slightly more socially justice place. Rewind three years……
As a chronic planner, I had my future sketched out:
Meanwhile, I was volunteering with a charity, one doing great work for women and girls, but, as is so often the case, with an imposing bureaucracy and a long professional ladder to climb to have a real impact. I quickly realised that I would have far more influence at The Athena Advisors, an organisation where age doesn’t dictate responsibility.