It’s hard to believe that year 1 of MBA school is nearing its end. I guess that I can really say I feel transformed. That’s a bit cheesy, I know, but how else can you describe it.
Last week, I went to a theatre audition, mostly to catch up with some old friends. While there, I knew pretty much everyone I ran into, which was a lot of fun. As I told them about my business school experiences, I could sense the utter astonishment in their faces when I talked about loving statistics and consulting projects. And the truth is, I do love it. I mostly love the fact that I have lots of new skills, and increased confidence in other skills.
The only thing I feel like I haven’t conquered yet is career progression, and I’ve spent more time on that than most of my homework combined for the year! I’ve certainly learned some job application tricks, and I’ve learned about how to master certain types of interview questions, but I can’t say that I’ve become an expert (especially since my only job offer is one really awesome unpaid internship). I’ve learned how to be persistent. One article I read said that the most effective way of finding a job (based on research studies) is by calling companies out of the yellow pages. Making a personal connection doesn’t have to mean having a high-up person who gets you “in”. It sometimes means making really uncomfortable phone calls. Break the rules.