The second term of my MBA ends in 3 months, at which point I will have crossed the halfway mark, completing 12 of the required 20 courses (with another mandatory course to be completed in the spring, reducing my second year course load to only 7 classes). At this point, my classmates and I are looking for summer jobs. Because our second year course load is almost exclusively during the evening, we will have the opportunity to continue to work full-time after the summer is over while completing the final course requirements of our program.
As a result, I’m now looking for my full-time MBA job.
I felt hopeless when looking at the job postings on the school career website. Ironically, that’s exactly where I found my old job, but for some reason I get the feeling that I won’t be that lucky twice. I’ve more or less decided to forego the apply-online method and drum up opportunities elsewhere.
I talk a lot about managing your career on this website because it’s often your primary source of income, so you want to make sure it delivers — financially and otherwise. I don’t think many twenty-somethings realize their potential, or think seriously about the direction they want their career to take. They don’t even think about what they want their average day to look like. Instead, they just seek out the best paying job they can manage and hope it progresses upward-ish.
Of all the things in your life, please take your job seriously.
I’m a firm believer that finding a job in your twenties should be more about where you want to be in five years, rather than the immediate need you want it to fill right now.
Unfortunately, this will make it much harder to find one. I can speak from painful experience, since I’m haemorrhaging money so fast, the panic I feel when I look at my bank accounts is tempered only by the dull memory that I once earned a good salary and there’s hope of that happening again. Honestly, this blog is the only evidence I have that living above the poverty line was a real thing that happened to me once, since I spend at least 2/3rds of every month now in serious doubt that I will be able to afford my rent. The other 1/3rd of the month, when I have managed to afford rent, I worry incessantly if I will be able to afford both rent AND food. Living as a student is, on no uncertain terms, financially agonizing in a way I probably haven’t ever felt before. But I’m trying to keep my chin up.
I feel I’m in a unique position with my almost-MBA: a blank slate. Even though I’ve already logged a couple of years of professional work experience on my resume, going back to school has reset the game. I can pursue management consulting or investment banking or marketing. I can work in the oil & gas industry or advertising or go back to academia. I can crunch numbers or write or do stakeholder & public relations.
When ever I feel overwhelmed by the number of choices I have, I remind myself to take a moment to be grateful for so much opportunity.
I know many of my peers are unemployed or underemployed or employed in a job they hate or don’t want or whatever. I have the chance to seek out something amazing unencumbered.
I’ve updated my resume to reflect my current program, new volunteer position, and a few other details, so I’m ready to start the job hunt. However, going forward there’s a few things I need to figure out first:
What do I want to do?
What am I good at?
Where would I like to work?
Who would I like to work for/with?
What kind of schedule/workload do I want?
Where do I want my career to lead and how quickly do I want to advance?
and of course:
How much do I deserve to be paid?
I’ll keep you posted over the next few months. Wish me luck!