Answering the Question, “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

The first time I heard someone in a hiring position ask the question, “where do you see yourself in 5 years,” I was sitting around a large conference table at The Star-Ledger’s Newark, N.J. headquarters with about a dozen other summer interns.

“The Daily News.”

“The New York Times”


Not one of us said, “The Star-Ledger.”

Glenn Proctor, then a high-on-the-totem-poll editor, was the keeper of us interns and had a large say in careers at the top 20 newspaper, listened to each of our answers. When we finished, he gave a slight laugh and tilt of his head before calling each of us out for not saying we wanted to be working there.

While I can’t speak for everyone else that day, I can tell you my stomach dropped and I thought, “critical error.”

From that point forward whenever anyone asked me that same question, I always included the company I was talking with in my answer.¬†But, about 5 years ago my answer when asked that question started to change, and I don’t apologize for the way I now respond.

Neither does Marissa Mayer.

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Top Women in the Pet Industry

A new group, Women in the Pet Industry Network, recently published a

michellemaskaly_topwomenpetindustrybook titled, “Top Women in the Pet Industry.” It’s a great guide that features women in leadership positions within the pet industry.

I was so honored, and excited, that they decided to interview me for a small feature in the book. It is truly a pleasure to be in the company of so many talented women.

Women supporting other women is important in business, and this group sets out to do that.

You can read my full interview on page 19 of the book.