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Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Avoid any sob stories with the interviewer. If it shows in your resume, one or two odd career decisions you have made, admit to those mistakes and describe how you have learned from those decisions.

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"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Admin

"I am pleased with the progress of my administration career. I have been given some great opportunities, between permanent and temporary gigs, which have offered me exposure to a variety of industries. I feel my knowledge is well-rounded and vast."

Manager

"Overall, I am satisfied with my career progression. Everyone, including me, hits roadblocks or setbacks, but I have been able to push through them and stay on track. I am a skilled manager and problem solver."

Marketing

"I have worked for a smaller agency for the past five years so I would say that my career has not been as fast-moving as it may have had I worked for a larger organization. With that said, the smaller environment offered me more opportunity to take the reigns on projects and gave me further face to face exposure to the agency's clientele."

Retail

"I was recently passed up for a promotion into management. The reason being was that another candidate had more tenure with the company. Aside from that hiccup, I feel that my career in retail has unfolded exactly how I wanted."

Sales

"I have progressed even faster than I originally planned, which is great! In my current sales position, we have a great deal of employee turnover because the role pays 100% commission. By sticking it out, through the tougher times, I have been able to enjoy multiple promotions."

Teacher

"I am proud of my accomplishments as an educator, and the path my career has taken so far. After graduating, I spent very little time as a substitute teacher before landing my first full time, permanent teaching position."

Auto Mechanic

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Reporter

"Honestly, it has taken me a few extra years to progress to a job such as this one, although I have worked extremely hard to get here. Now that I have the opportunity to work in this city as a reporter, I know I will continue to grow as a person in this career."

Meteorologist

"While I never thought my career would have brought me to all the cities and states I have lived in, I am glad I had those experiences. However, I look forward to finding one place I am excited to stay in for a long time, and I feel I can continue to pursue my dreams and keep advancing in meteorology at this station."

Weather Producer

"I believe my career has been moving forward as planned because I always dreamed of working in a weather department, and I have done just that. However, I still have much to learn about forecasting and hope to gain that in this job."

Clinical Nurse Specialist

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions in smaller facilities that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Preschool Teacher

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my teaching career exactly where it should be."

Actor and Actress

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of roles that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular opportunity would take my acting career exactly where it should be."

Corporate Copywriter

"I believe I have progressed at a good pace throughout my career. Although it may have taken me a few extra years to get to this position, I believe I have the experience to do take on all the responsibilities given my experience in other jobs."

911 Dispatcher

"As an experienced 911 Dispatcher, I fully understand the repercussions of being disorganized or filing paperwork improperly. I am careful with my documentation, I use accurate wording, and ensure that the job can go on long after my shift is over. In every administrative action that I take, I make sure that my coworkers understand what occurred and what needs doing."

Abdominal Sonographer

"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower that I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

Political Reporter

"I have progressed in my career quite quickly. Although I may have jumped faster than most, I believe it is because my skill level is worthy of much more, and I believe I can deliver in this job."

Field Producer

"While it took me a few years to figure out exactly what career path I wanted to take in life, I am glad I found it out when I did. I hope this job will help me develop my skills quicker than taking a role as a regular producer so I can continue to grow fast."

Assignment Desk Editor

"Although it has taken me a few extra years to find my passion of an assignment desk reporter, I am glad that I found it now. I have taken many other routes in my life, but none of them allowed me the ability to work in news and gave me the creative space to find stories like in this career. I am glad I found it while I did."

Production Assistant

"It has taken me a little longer than most to get to where I wanted to be in my career, but that is because of family issues when I was just out of college. I decided that it was more important to my conscience to take care of my dying father than to launch into my career. Now that I am at peace, I am ready to take on my career."

Production Director

"I have surprisingly taken a fast route to becoming a production director, and I am proud of how fast I have learned all the skills necessary to do this job. I never expected to be here this early in my career, but I believe it will make me stronger developing my skills at one company for a series of years."

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