What do MBA students need to know in order to succeed in their career? This is the question I asked myself before introducing students to the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business as part of the 2010-2011 MBA Leadership.
I decided to tighten 20+ years of international finance experience into 7 great career shortcuts. These are tips they do not teach you in a business university:
1.Speak up – this is really the best job advice I ever got. It sounds very strange to people who know me, but at the beginning of 20 years I was definitely more reserved, even shy. I didn't know this was how I was looked at (and everything's all about it!) Until I had asked an experienced consultant at the company, I was working for whatever he could recommend to me for graduate studies. His recommendation letters were flattering, but what served me the most was his personal insight.
2. Network – I expect business for the Internet, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. (I can't believe I'm too old either!). I learned that networking was the best way to find a job and that it was two way street. What do you have to offer older, more experienced networks? First and foremost, they allow you to look great when referring to a partner. They are confident that you will influence what you do and that you will be effective. Also, remember that the network is about developing relationships. Let someone get to know you and vice versa. Make informative interviews if you search for a job – ie. Talk to others about what they do, what they want and like their role. Your interests and plans are bound to come up with unconventional, natural ways within the conversations.
3. Invest in yourself – this means not only educating yourself through tutorials and courses, but it also means pursuing opportunities in your current job that will stretch and challenge you. Investing in yourself involves caring for yourself physically and mentally – exercising, healthy eating and out of work interests. What does this have to do with a successful career? Keeping you healthy will allow you to withstand the pressure of business and allow you to maintain a positive, clean attitude. At one of my daughter's medical school, the doctor asked the doctors to be in hospital at. 7:00. She called me to tell me how ridiculous this was, how students didn't stand up at that time, etc. I just listened (for about 10 minutes). I told them, "Sarah, never give yourself a chance to learn something. This doctor seems dedicated to teaching. I recommend being there at 6.45."
4. Start saving now – it's never too early. The sooner you learn the discipline to stick to the budget and put the money as better. Again, what does this have to do with career counseling? Isn't this a personal budget? Start saving now will put you in a state of freedom later – the freedom to change jobs / careers, the freedom to express your views without fear of being fired. In the modern global economic restructuring, the norm is now ready to be flexible. Having savings will make the work environment less stressful and could give the start card a new career or degree.
5.Take control of your own career – no one will take care of you. You have to take care of yourself. Think about what makes sense to you according to your own goals, time, and personal circumstances. Don't forget that the human resources department represents the first one.
6. Don't go before you go – this specifically refers to men and women who have young families or are thinking of having families. Sometimes we choose to receive less demanding places because we are concerned about how we can see it. (Studies show that this is more common in women than men, unfortunately). This can be a dangerous strategy as it can lead to lower job satisfaction and you've taken you out of the game without even trying. Emphasize getting the right partner who will support you your whole . The rest will work out.
7. Doing Right – In an environment that emphasizes short-term results, brushing away from the "right" item can be exciting. Who is the best for the customer, employees and community we live in? A savvy capitalist takes these factors into account as it will totally lead to sustainable business. One benefit of a family is that it promises to keep you straight. Personally, I have found that the children have really helped me focus on making the right decisions. What would I expect my own kids to do in this situation? How would I expect them to be? Don't I have to live the way I have put them?
So there you have it! 20+ years of experience in 7 exact points! Enjoy your trip.