The Next Chapter
GMAT is over, yet the world is still the same. I couldn’t quit my job, and the world went on as usual . Now that I have one big burden off my shoulder, but that doesn’t mean I’m done with everything. There’s actually a lot more to worry about.
From now on, I have to think about what to write on my essay as I apply to graduate schools. My dream school right now is Columbia. I’m going to apply there Early Decision but if one were to ask me why Columbia, or why MBA after all I don’t have a clear answer, which is troubling.
First, I need to answer why MBA question.
Other than the fact that I want a prestigious pedigree on my resume and I want to make more money, I can’t provide a clear answer. To be honest, I don’t even know what I want to do after MBA. The only thing I’m getting closer to being sure is that I probably don’t want to do consulting because that’s just not me. You really need to be smart to do consulting, and I can never picture myself fitting in that stereotype.
Then do I want to do Investment Banking or Tech?
I actually do find Investment Banking somewhat appealing. But for now, mainly because of all the superficial reasons out there: Pride, Prestige, and Pay.
I have some idea of what they do and the typical career progression as a post MBA associate at Bulge Bracket, and I even think that I’d be okay with 100 hour weeks for the first year or two, I can’t give a very compelling reason why it’s interesting.
Same thing goes with Tech. Have I ever envisioned myself as a product or project manager at Apple or Google? I actually learned that I’m not that tech minded.
So from the process of elimination, it seems like I’m leaning towards IB, but I feel like that’s not what life has to offer. Even if it is the case, I just don’t want to accept it.
With my life, I want to do something that leaves legacy. Something that leaves my signature in this world, and a bunch of closed deals and Confidential Information Memorandum isn’t going to do that job that well.
My homework from now on is to really figure out what I want to do with my life…