This is my first opportunity to write for the Choose on Purpose blog as a graduate student. I hope to provide you with some interesting insights, opinions and funny anecdotes as I navigate the world that is business school.
The transition from the working world back to school has been interesting to say the least. Schedule, expectations, focus among many other things shift in a vastly different direction. I have had to reacquaint myself with reading, seemingly endless textbooks, taking vigorous notes and blocking study time on Sunday nights (something I always tried to avoid in my undergrad years).
The basic transition from work to school isn’t nearly as exciting as the intellectual transition. What a great time to be studying business! At no point in recent history has economics, marketing, accounting, strategy and IT been more relevant and more fun to learn. I did take a few business courses in my undergrad, but that was 2002 and the world was a much different place. The rules of business were still the same but the context wasn’t as exciting.
I’ll leave you with one thought on some career advice my class received from one of our professors a few weeks back. He said,
“In your career, there must be three things that happen for you to be happy and successful. (1) You must be learning something (2) You must be applying what you learn and (3) You must be having fun. If you can say “yes” to 2 out of 3 of these factors you are pretty well off. If you can’t you must move on.”
I was amazed at how simple, yet how profound this advice was. It’s probably the best piece of career advice I’ve received and it’s something I won’t soon forget.
I hope you enjoyed this edition and I look forward to sharing with you my adventures as I work towards a graduate degree and new career.