Tuesday, April 26, 2011

[Deciding] My Path to an MBA

In September 2010, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, law school, business school, joining the Peace Corps….. I had no direction. ..and in many (but fewer) ways I still have no direction.  I’ve just accepted the fate that I’ll always be figuring out the answer to the question “What do you want to do with your life?” for the rest of my life. 
Thankfully, I narrowed down my goals to a few industries/functions I know I don’t want to pursue and careers that I will explore more:
·       Banking & Finance  Although its crossed out I do want to learn more about micro-finance
·       Marketing  -- It’s my backup plan…. In case things fall through
·       Social Enterprise  -- To reach my Long Term goal of revitalizing Detroit
·       General Management -- to learn to manage a non-profits and understand org behavior
·       Consulting   (Note: It’s only half crossed out b/c I think the concept of being a Consultant is cool..but I would have to find the right nonprofit/govt firm  that will have a good work/life balance)
·       Entrepreneurship  I like the idea but just not sure if I’m a risk taker; I will, however, take part in some start-up competitions at school since I have a few ideas up my sleeve bwahahahahaha.
Okay so I have A LOT more research to do….like ALOT
The Ross School of Business at University of Michigan helped me learn more about industries and functions here.
I’m still working on a plan to narrow it down……which I need to finish ASAP!!!
I also plan on tapping into my network just to ask people “What do YOU do?”
I hope that helps.
How did you narrow your selections down?



Pardeep April 27, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

Nice post, keep it up!

mbalady May 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

To get to the point I am now, I have done a TON of introspection and informational interviews.. and I can not even say its all the way narrowed down.. but it is beginning to take shape. I dont beleive there will ever be a point where these things can be narrowed all the way down though, or things may be stifled.

Motown May 1, 2011 at 11:36 PM  

@Pardeep Thanks for the encouragement! If you have any suggestions on topics you would like to see please let me know. All feedback is appreciated!

@mbalady I'm glad that interviews have really helped! I totally agree with you... it's been really hard to use the info to narrow down my school selections but it has been good in giving me more insight

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