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Prelude to an MBA – 1

May 14, 2009

The Clear Admit Blog ran this cute survey about which B School perk excites you the most. Not surprisingly, the most votes have gone for “Not having a 9 AM – 5 PM (or 8 AM – 10 PM) job for two years.” Wow. I’m thrilled to no ends by just the thought that the next 2 years would be spent ‘learning’ on campus, and not having to go to office for at least two years! Ironically, the first question running in my mind while speaking to current students is – “Will I be able to get a job (even a 8 AM – 10 PM one would do!) at the end of 2 years ?”.

I wonder what thrills us more – seeking a change, or the ‘seeking’ itself ?

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If necessity is the mother of invention, then recession should be the mother of re-invention. As companies all over the world try and reinvent their survival and growth strategies instead of just limiting costs by taking the opportunity to rightsize their work forces, its time for we MBA students to prepare ourselves for a future unlike before. The Class of 2009 went in when the economic surface looked rock solid, even though the cracks were beginning to appear. The Class of 2010 entered with apprehensions that turned into a nightmarish reality. We, The Class of 2011, enter armed with the thought that come what may, we are prepared for the worst. We feel it can’t slide any further. Or well. I wonder what the current applicants, for the Class of 2012, are thinking.

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I’ve been witness to how the wait list saga has unfolded for one of my co-applicants. Needless to say, the process is (very) long, tiring, and painful. I’ve seen both the sides – people truly passionate and determined about their schools making it off the waitlist as well as those who are finally left with a negative decision. I have myself suffered (still suffering) the agony of being on the wait lists, and trust me, its not one of the best positions to be in. Though very rewarding if it works out, the prolonged uncertainty can get the better of you.

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I have begun to count my days left at this office. For a transient while, it feels good to be living a settled life – where things are known, predictable, and comfortable. Where I am familiar with the faces around me, like (quite) the work I do, and have the luxury of returning home to my wife and kid. Then the MBA bug takes over, and I begin to look forward to the unfamiliarity, the unpredictability, and the grinding of an MBA. The next two years are going to be interesting, of that I am certain.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2009 4:24 pm

    Did I mention that people who decide not to work from 9a.m -5p.m. end up working from 9a.m to 8 a.m? 😛
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    If I talk from Indian perspective then a lot of students are keen at applying to IIMs executive programmes, Great Lakes and ISB for next few years.This means that the number of applications at ISB /GL is going to get high, even the 770+ scorers are going to face to face tough time, and the profiles of a normal Indian MBA applicant as it is does not vary too much. Everything combined, the competition is going be maddening this year. People are really scared about leaving the country and moving towards a mojor uncertainity. You are a brave chap.
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    Waitlist is one painful processethat a lot of students have to face. The uncertainity really kills.
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    The hope that ‘things would turn out to be good’ will keep you alive. Don’t worry. 🙂

  2. Ashi permalink
    May 19, 2009 2:21 am

    Well I know someone who got off the waitlist at Harvard!! Can you imagine..the hand of god itself…so hang in there, earn some good karma points and wait for the hand of god mate!

  3. ahembeea permalink*
    May 22, 2009 4:15 pm

    Thx Dagny. Courage is a core value at Goizueta and I hope I can muster enough of it 🙂

    Ashi – its over now. For good !

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