Career (Con)Quest Comic

Career (Con)Quest #22: Sorry Not Sorry

strip #22 sorry not sorry

Wanting a promotion isn’t bad. But not every org is ready to give one.

Ever received similar feedback?

Don’t sweat over it too much as it’s actually a classic example of a “red flag”.

If the company’s HR is not considering career advancements as a natural thing for an experienced professional, they are probably not the best fit for you.

As long as you are making realistic requests of course. Few corporations will make you a CEO in 5 years if you are joining as an entry-level customer support…but, hey, it’s OK to say that you expect some sort of growth.

Now as for this very common interview questionwhere do you see yourself in five years? – here’s what you can say:

  • I want to develop more experience/skills/knowledge in subject X and gain more responsibilities related to Y. 
  • I really feel that I will become more competent in X and this would put me on a fast-track to becoming Y. 
  • In 5 years, I see myself successfully doing X and achieving the Y benefits for your company. 


  • Bangkit is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer and the stylus behind Freesumes Career Con(Quest) comics series. Over the past five years, Bangkit designed posters, illustrations, and storyboards for... more

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