Apologies for being MIA for a good chunk of October — I completed my MBA leadership capstone course (every Saturday 8am – 5:30pm!!) and wrapped up the final project of my block week course I took the first 5 days of September. Going 6 days per week for the last month was a challenging sprint, but I’ve now completed 16 of my required 20 courses for my MBA, with two more in progress. In January I’ll start my final two classes, and pay the remaining $3,000 of my tuition, and that will be the homestretch of my crazy expensive academic endeavour.
October has been a crazy month for more than just academics: I changed jobs.
As most of you know, I managed to wrangle myself into an exhausting underpaid internship for June to August. At the end of August, the company decided to keep me on, so I worked full-time of all September. When October arrived, I quit. I won’t go into the nitty gritty details, but suffice it to say the following is true: People don’t leave companies, they leave their managers.
Like most finance-savvy bloggers, I generally think it’s better to earn money than to not, so abandoning a steady income with no back-up plan in place felt financially reckless, which is one of the reasons I didn’t tweet/blog about quitting my full-time job without an idea what to do next. The other reason is because within three weeks I was already employed full-time again, at nearly double the salary and in a way better working environment. Talk about a lucky break!
After quitting my internship on a Friday, I was browsing job boards the following Sunday morning because many of Calgary’s major oil & gas firms were already hiring for May or June 2015 start dates. I found a job posting and was recommended by a friend for another, and as a result I had two interviews scheduled less than 5 days after I’d quit my internship role. After jumping through a few hoops, those two interviews turned in two solid job offers, and both companies wanted me to start right away.
Having multiple offers made me bold in negotiations (I followed my own steps in How To Negotiate Your Salary and it worked like a charm!) and as a result I landed my ideal role. Honestly, I could not have dreamt up a better position. For those that are curious, I work for a small (there’s 5 of us total!) technology commercialization firm where my role is helping entrepreneurs launch their products. It’s the legwork behind the real-life Shark Tank/Dragon’s Den-esque companies: taking big ideas and making them real, marketable products. The working is challenging, exciting, and deeply rewarding — and the money is awesome.
This is 100% my post-MBA career, even though I’m starting it when I’m not-quite-done my degree.
I never had any real hesitation about going back to school for my MBA until I was already 6 months into the program and realized I didn’t want to go into investment banking. I started to doubt my decision to give up a perfectly good job with nice hours and great pay to go broke in graduate school for 2 years. However, my new salary starts where my old one would have maxed out — except it would have taken me 11 years of annual raises to hit my salary cap at the university. This means I’ve essentially received 11 years of raises in only 14 months, and overall I achieved some steep income goals I had made for myself to hit by age 30. I’m feeling a crazy sense of gratitude, relief, and accomplishment… and happiness! SO MUCH HAPPINESS! And an intense drive to perform and achieve even more.
The MBA was worth it, and even though I’m not quite done it, I’m still calling it the best investment I ever made.
Which, you can imagine, is a very nice feeling!