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I am 67 and will start looking for a job soon. I was in an executive coordinator and now I have a Masters in Social Work; at age 62.

I am afraid of not finding a good job because of my age. I am studying for my license but am not sure if I need one.

How can I address questions related to, "What will you be doing in 5 or 10 years?"

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They aren't really looking for you to commit to working there for 5 (or 10) years, they are mostly looking at what you want to learn / get from a job, how does that fit with what the company does, and will you fit in culturally.

Focus on why you got into social work in the first place. Talk about wanting to keep learning and how much you enjoy that. Be passionate and energetic about the job you will be doing and that should be enough to show them you will work hard and be a social fit for the company.

Backup the passion by demonstrating knowledge of the subject matter to the interviewer and you should be good to go!

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    This is the kind of question where I wouldn't worry too much about feeling dishonest. Everyone knows your circumstances could suddenly change tomorrow, no one will hold it against you if your answer to this question doesn't match what you actually do later. This answer I think is an excellent approach. – Kai Jun 2 '15 at 16:45

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