It only takes about 20 months. At the starting line, 20 months feels like a marathon. At the finish line, it feels like a sprint. Twenty months at The School of Business — honestly the most effort I’ve ever poured into anything — and I’ve earned my MBA. Okay, I don’t have the fancy piece of paper yet, but I got the email and I’m pretty sure I’m in the clear at this point.
A few months ago I began the daunting process of job searching and shared the uncertainties I was facing. Now I’m excited to announce my search is over. That’s right — I got a job.
I hadn’t really given much thought to what it specifically meant to be a woman in business until I started the MBA program at PSU.
The decision to get my MBA was (what I thought would be) a natural progression from accounting to finance. I chose The Portland MBA program for two reasons: 1) its connection to the city I loved; and 2) its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.
The first question someone asks when they learn I’m going to graduate school and working full time is: How do you do it? Good question. I’m now in my second year of school and just beginning to understand how.
I’m six months away from graduating, so naturally my anxiety over the job search is rising. It’s nice to think I’ll accept my diploma, walk off the stage, and immediately be surrounded by hiring managers in a bidding war for my exceptional talent. Yeah right. Let’s get real.
I remember my life before the Karl Miller Center. Waking up at 6:30 a.m. in order to be able to claim a window seat in the library.