By Rafael Tuachi ‘17
Dear MBA students,
When you decided to come back to school to study for an MBA, one thing that I am sure about is that, even if only for a moment, you thought this would be a great way to get away from the workforce for a short while during your very successful and fruitful career. In fact, you imagined this would be the perfect opportunity to focus solely on yourself, and to finally have the chance to sharpen those skills and develop those interests you care about so much. Please don’t misunderstand me. The MBA really is exactly that, with a minor exception. Nobody told you that your career would matter so heavily during the MBA, right from the start, and that job hunting would be so important, take up so much time, and be the conversation topic for so many weeks. But you’re already here, and this is already happening. The only thing left to do is embrace it, go out there, and conquer.
While it is true that MBA programs are selective, it is also true that those people selected have a very difficult, if not the most difficult, task ahead: to find a job. Not just any job, but THE job. The one you know is perfect for you. The one you know will fulfill your career. The one with the most personal development, and that will impact you and others the most. Perhaps this is the MBA student’s curse: “Have a blast learning at school (while at the same time recruiting heavily, networking extensively, researching amply, and seeking arduously the one job you want)”.
But let’s reframe. In reality, the MBA student has time to think about what they want. You have the resources to go after that which you truly desire. We have indeed the opportunity to achieve precisely what we seek. The hardship doesn’t come from external circumstances; it comes because the MBA student is ambitious, hard-working and passionate. It would be folly to let this opportunity pass. And how would we know where to look for work if we don’t know the functions and roles? The hardship in the recruiting aspect of the MBA comes precisely because the students require it to be. It comes exactly because those things that take the most effort are also those that yield the sweeter results (remember, the opposite of opportunity is not bad luck, but lack of effort.) It is that hardship that makes the MBA so worthwhile.
So go out there and enjoy your MBA, the studies, recruiting, and other facets of it. After all, everyone said the MBA is an amazing, door-opening, experience; nobody, however, said it would be easy.
Rafa is your standard Boothie hoping he will get the perfect job after the MBA.