One Question I Despise

Editor's Viewpoint: One Question I Despise

In her August 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says it’s easier to predict the future of industrial automation than to tell a job interviewer where you see yourself in five years.

The worst question in a job interview is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” I mean, I can’t say what I really want to: “Traveling the world in my private jet with my muscle-bound neurosurgeon husband.” That won’t get me the job. And I can’t say, “Doing your job,” because not only is that brash and offensive, but how do I even know I’d like that person’s job? Maybe she’s miserable in it. Maybe I want to aim higher. It’s important to set goals and work toward them, but it’s hard to predict what will happen, because life throws curve balls on a regular basis. So, I loathe that interview question.

It’s easier to see what will be happening in five years, though, when technologies are involved, as they are in our industrial automation field. You’ll see an example of that in this issue’s cover story, which takes a realistic view of where technologies, processes and the workforce are headed in not just the next five years, but the next 20.

I say realistic view because the story looks how industrial firms will evolve as technologies currently implemented and being developed will set a path for manufacturers in various industries. For instance, smart analytics that predict and help avoid unplanned downtime. Fixed, stainless steel biopharma machinery replaced by modular, mobile equipment. Thin-client technology making mobile visualization possible. Robots that slow down and stop as you approach and stand next to them.

Our cover story has so much more about trends that are reshaping industrial automation. And thank goodness, you don’t have to tell anyone where you see yourself in five years. Until next time ….

Theresa Houck

Executive Editor


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