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Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

21 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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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."

Reporter
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"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
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"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
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"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."

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Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 08/10/2018

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