Originally Posted by plei89
I can relate to your shoes. But it's what you make out of college. I graduated from a state university with no debt and was able to secure a job in a fortune 500 company within a 1 month of job hunting. These are some tips I have:
- Network (get close to those who are in the same field as you)
- Take classes that you're interested in (regardless if they're hard)
- Intern, Intern, and Intern (and make a difference, there's a difference between just doing you job, and accomplishing something)
I had about a handful of internships by the time I graduated and MADE A SIGNIFICANT difference in each of them. While I did have a really high GPA, I feel that it's my internship accomplishments and drive to succeed that really helped me.
With that said, you're turning 27 after you complete your MBA. Did you go straight into your MBA? Most of times getting an MBA is useless if you have no working experience. It doesn't sweeten your resume by much..
Here's some background info about me. I started college in Fall of 2003. I didn't get my BS until Spring of 2009. A combination of working part time too much, didn't pay enough attention, harder than expected classes, switching majors, and the university adding more required GE's to their curriculum held me back about 2 years for the BS. I got my MS in Fall of 2010.
Getting a job out of college was no problem at all. I applied for a job, and got hired 2 weeks later. My first professional job, although not the highest, paid about ~$50k/year. I stayed with the company for about 14 months and looked for a job elsewhere. I have about 2 years of professional experience at this point. I'll be close to having 3 years of experience once I get my MBA degree. I have $0 in debt.
I keep a close circle of friends from the program. I also keep in touch with some really great professors, one of them I can wholeheartedly say changed my life.
The reason I chose to do my MBA now is because it would be hard as I move up the rank and the job demands I work weekends, travel, etc. Also, it would be extremely difficult in several years if I had children to take care of.
There are some well off kids with no work experience and I know that they can't relate to some of the stuff the professors talk about, ie ethics/legal. That's probably one of my favorite class because I had a bad employer and now I have a great one.
Originally Posted by gettoasty
i am young (even though in my head i feel pretty damn old), jobless, and spending money like crazy.
i know what i want in life, but it's only half the battle as knowing how to get there is the real fight.
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is something going to happen soon? hopefully
am i scared? only some days
i am by nature very in tune with a life of solitude. introverted and probably biggest continuing regret is not being able to network properly.
on the upside, because of this i am a very observant individual and when called upon, my skills and learning curve shine out compared to others of my same skill set who do more talking than walking.
or: novice --> intermediate --> expert, i like to think i am between intermediate and an expert (tailing closer to intermediate in my field) compared to similar peers IMO.
i recommend you go read supertrash on sufu wj4 if you want some more down to earth super confessions of peers around your age.
you will be berated by majority of members here, or have a lack of socioeconomic experience/guidance it seems you are seeking.
though I will tell you, depending on your field, a MBA as told by a former student who attended ivy league, is a dying fad. Getting into a field that teaches more the technical skill set needed will be more beneficial (coming from someone in finance)
and i overheard this in the office the other day:
graduated from harvard, law degree from yale, journalism at oxford: currently in NYC working in journalism--so successful: 35/f and single
though in the context it was said, it was kind of like "hey you can be successful and all but look at the downside"
in my head though, i wouldn't mind being in that journalist's shoes.
Dude, you're jobless and you're spending money on clothes? I hope your parents are giving you the money and aren't going in debt because of this crap. I've heard of kids being in debt because of cars. But it was not until I joined this forum that I read kids are in debt because of fashion.
What is this "supertrash" thing. I know of SuFu since my days on Niketalk, but I never joined/visited. I don't have the time to really do my research for lack of better words. Between working/school and trying to hit the gym at least 4 times a week...I have no time for anything else..except SF every now and then of course!
MBA may be a dying field, but I wholeheartedly enjoy the courses. I was smiling since the first lecture of the first class. Educating myself further is worth the money by itself even if I never put this degree to use.
I can easily make a 6 figure income in my field, without the need of pursuing the MBA degree. But enforcements such as OSHA and EPA are non-existing in less developed countries, this is in case I want to pack up one day.
I'm a weird person at my age, bro. Most people my age just do the 9-5, M-F, and hang out on the weekends. I can't really see myself doing that on a regular basis. Even on my breaks, I would pick up books to improve myself in some aspect. Aside from the 2-3 best friends I have, my other friends are 30+ of age and are well off professions.
Sorry for the long read. It's also kinda late so excuse any grammar errors.