Navigating Through A B-school (Part 2): Choosing The Right Career

Navigating through a B-school (Part 2): Choosing the right career

Navigating through a B-school (Part 2): Choosing the right career

As opposed to our discussion in Part 1, you don’t need to have this one all figured out in advance. While some of us have certain ideas about what we would like to do post MBA, many of us are quite confused. It’s alright! You don’t need to figure everything out because someone else has, however, it is important that you make judicious use of your b-school resources to find your true calling. We are not just talking about the broad careers of finance, marketing, consulting, etc., we are also referring to the selection of companies/industries that you would like to work with. Let’s attempt to clear some doubts in your mind.

  1. Identify your work ethics and boundaries: In order to bring satisfaction and longevity in your career, it is important that the work you do aligns with your school of thought. Outline your work ethics and identify your boundaries, these will act as your guiding light. A career that does not align with your ethics, lookout or values may prove to be very detrimental to your mental health. For e.g. if you subscribe by the idea of selfless giving and sharing, working with a non-profit trust might be an ideal career for you.
  2. Talk to the experts: We are blessed to be born in the era of booming social media which has made everyone and everything so accessible. Social networking sites would enable you to reach out to people engaged in your area of interest. Many companies also hold live sessions, seminars etc. that help you to introduce yourself to the workings of those companies. On a more primary level, you could reach out to your seniors at college who might not have very intensive experience but might definitely help you with a broader vision of things.
  3. Explore: A b-school gives you plenty of opportunities to try your hand at everything. Apart from the summer internships, you may take up live projects with professors, work on a research paper or simply have a conversation with the faculty expressing your concerns, since most of the professors are industry veterans or have conducted intensive studies in their areas of expertise. There is no better breeding ground for young minds than a b-school.
  4. Strive for balance: It is great if you find work that you love, but it is also important to make time for other things. Look for a career that leaves room for your other hobbies too. A lot of hustle might seem fun and engage in the beginning, but it is bound to wear you off eventually. Choose a career that leaves you with room to recreate.

Remember, it’s okay if you don’t find your calling even during your 2 years at MBA. A lot of people discover their passion while working too. What is important is to never let go of an opportunity that enhances your knowledge and perspective on careers and life goals.