As I write this, I feel like a ship without a rudder or a helicopter without a cyclic. I am done with the MBA program at the College of Business at SUNY Stony Brook and I am not sure what direction to go now. I don’t have to register for spring semester classes, buy or rent textbooks, plan my class schedule. It’s strange and, for a few moments, I thought my days would be empty. After all, when I moved to New York, I didn’t know a soul. My community quickly became my classmates, professors and staff in the MBA program. My full-time job was to attend classes, study hard, pass exams, and put my heart into papers, projects and presentations. What will I do now?
Then reality set in. I have a whole new exciting chapter unfolding before me!
I look at everything differently now that I am a MBA graduate. I listen to news reports on the economy and have a better grasp of the economics behind the report. I look at products and better understand the consumer behavior that drives people to make purchases. I ponder why some business people do what they do and the ethics involved in their decisions. I look at marketing, the channels used and the effectiveness of campaigns. I notice branding and the strategy behind the company’s image. I stand at deli counters, assess their production line and rework their operations in my head as I wait forever for my order (yes, I really did that).
I went back to college in part to gain credibility as a business person. I had years of experience in a cornucopia of jobs. But, I felt that I needed to learn the terminology, the theories and the reasoning behind business. Now, I have done that and feel prepared to go forward into new business opportunities. As a bonus, I have made connections with classmates, professors, and staff that I plan to keep. Yes, my LinkedIn profile is up and running. I look forward to keeping in touch with the fabulous folks I have met at Stony Brook.
So, here’s to a New Year! My boat is steady, the rudder is in place and I am cruising toward new opportunities…