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Re: I don't know what I want to do..... [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:32
Yea that seems to be the case. There are of course some people who are staying in industry, but it seems like most everyone wants to switch something up. No one is happy and the grass is always greener on the other side.

This is why its so important for me to figure out what I want to do NOW - once I get there, it'll be far far too easy to just follow the herd into banking knowing full well my heart isn't there.


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I am with you rhyme! I think that many jobs sound interesting and I do not feel dedicated to any one career path. As far as I am concerned, if hours are reasonable (so I can also focus on the important things in life) and work is intersteing, I'll sign up for it. I have met numerous prospective and current students on my school visits, and the one thing I noticed is that those with finance background want to get into consulting, those in consulting want to get into marketing, and so on. It is like everyone thinks that someone else's job is better... I supose the story would be different with Exec. MBAs, but still...

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:33
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Most undecided people seem to end up in Management Consulting. After a couple of years, they get tired of the hotels, the airports and working in far flung places like Mobil, Alabama. At this point, they pick an industry they fancy or have experience in and join it in a corporate dev./gen. management role. My worst fear is that I will follow the crowd at school ending up as a finance monkey in IB and eventually hate myself two years after graduation.

I want to find out more about rotational programs, any one talked to a current student/alum about this ?


That's the route that I wanted to take, but consulting seems to be the most difficult industry to break in to. The travel and inconsistent schedule can be a drag too.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:35
The worse part of banking and MC is that they recruit before everybody else. And they have all those recruiting events.

I don't want to go into I banking or MC, but I'll interview with them and attend all their events just to hedge myself.

Investment management/hedge funds all recurit after the banks and/or off-campus.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:35
lhotseface wrote:
Most undecided people seem to end up in Management Consulting. After a couple of years, they get tired of the hotels, the airports and working in far flung places like Mobil, Alabama. At this point, they pick an industry they fancy or have experience in and join it in a corporate dev./gen. management role. My worst fear is that I will follow the crowd at school ending up as a finance monkey in IB and eventually hate myself two years after graduation.

I want to find out more about rotational programs, any one talked to a current student/alum about this ?


Right, and it gets very old very fast - the travel that is. You don't always end up on fun projects in fun places, and can be a real drag to get on a plane week in week out. I'm also attracted to corporate rotational programs, but no haven't talked to anyone about this yet.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:37
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Most undecided people seem to end up in Management Consulting. After a couple of years, they get tired of the hotels, the airports and working in far flung places like Mobil, Alabama. At this point, they pick an industry they fancy or have experience in and join it in a corporate dev./gen. management role. My worst fear is that I will follow the crowd at school ending up as a finance monkey in IB and eventually hate myself two years after graduation.

I want to find out more about rotational programs, any one talked to a current student/alum about this ?


That's the route that I wanted to take, but consulting seems to be the most difficult industry to break in to. The travel and inconsistent schedule can be a drag too.


Consulting is easy to break into. Don't worry about that.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:42
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Most undecided people seem to end up in Management Consulting. After a couple of years, they get tired of the hotels, the airports and working in far flung places like Mobil, Alabama. At this point, they pick an industry they fancy or have experience in and join it in a corporate dev./gen. management role. My worst fear is that I will follow the crowd at school ending up as a finance monkey in IB and eventually hate myself two years after graduation.

I want to find out more about rotational programs, any one talked to a current student/alum about this ?


That's the route that I wanted to take, but consulting seems to be the most difficult industry to break in to. The travel and inconsistent schedule can be a drag too.


Consulting is easy to break into. Don't worry about that.


Really? Why does everyone act like it's the world's biggest deal? Or is it just the biggies that are hard to get into? As I've been working on this, consulting has actually piqued my interest, but I've kept that to myself. It seemed like showing up to an interview and saying, "I want to do consulting!" was too much like when I was 8 and wanted to be a movie star.

Yeah, sweetie, sure thing.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:44
I guess it is easy but not that easy. You still need to crack the case in the interview. If you can't, it is a sure ding.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:51
You're health will go to shit in consulting. You really have no control over your diet excpet which restuarant to eat out of. You might be far away from a gym.

In banking, you could at least go to the gym during lunch and have control over your diet.


But then, if you're going into these 2 fields, you're putting money over your health.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 08:53
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You're health will go to **** in consulting. You really have no control over your diet excpet which restuarant to eat out of. You might be far away from a gym.

In banking, you could at least go to the gym during lunch and have control over your diet.


But then, if you're going into these 2 fields, you're putting money over your health.


You work out at the hotels. The food issue is true though. You eat out all the time.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:04
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You're health will go to **** in consulting. You really have no control over your diet excpet which restuarant to eat out of. You might be far away from a gym.

In banking, you could at least go to the gym during lunch and have control over your diet.


But then, if you're going into these 2 fields, you're putting money over your health.


You work out at the hotels. The food issue is true though. You eat out all the time.


I've never really liked the mini-gyms at hotels. I need a squat rack and some free weights.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:07
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You're health will go to **** in consulting. You really have no control over your diet excpet which restuarant to eat out of. You might be far away from a gym.

In banking, you could at least go to the gym during lunch and have control over your diet.


But then, if you're going into these 2 fields, you're putting money over your health.


You work out at the hotels. The food issue is true though. You eat out all the time.


I've never really liked the mini-gyms at hotels. I need a squat rack and some free weights.


Well, yea they aint ideal, but they work.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:12
I'm in the same boat (and I think most MBA applicants are as well). I have narrowed it to this list:

Don't want to do:

* IB
* Finance
* Sales
* HR

Interested in:

* Strategy Consulting
* Marketing
* General Mgmt
* Sports Mgmt
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:24
Workout more and you will overcome your caloric intake. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:25
I would also say any job where you are out and about walking around all the time would be good. I have never been overweight in my life until recently... why? I am tethered to my cubical.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:30
General MGMT sounds really good.

But do they really give that position out to fresh MBAs? And if they do, is it really management or just a title that sounds good. I can't imagine they make fresh MBAs vice president.
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General MGMT sounds really good.

But do they really give that position out to fresh MBAs? And if they do, is it really management or just a title that sounds good. I can't imagine they make fresh MBAs vice president.


I dont know... one of the guys I met was going to some firm to be Director of something .... sounded hella impressive to me.
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General MGMT sounds really good.

But do they really give that position out to fresh MBAs? And if they do, is it really management or just a title that sounds good. I can't imagine they make fresh MBAs vice president.


I dont know... one of the guys I met was going to some firm to be Director of something .... sounded hella impressive to me.



LOL. You said "hella." You from Norcal?

I'm from there and I haven't heard that word in so long. That's hella cool.
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batchgmat wrote:
I'm in the same boat (and I think most MBA applicants are as well). I have narrowed it to this list:

Don't want to do:

* IB
* Finance
* Sales
* HR

Interested in:

* Strategy Consulting
* Marketing
* General Mgmt
* Sports Mgmt


For me it would be:

Not interested:
IB
Sales

Interested:
Consulting
Marketing
Corporate Finance (perhaps not very fun but good $$ and hours)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:40
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Most undecided people seem to end up in Management Consulting. After a couple of years, they get tired of the hotels, the airports and working in far flung places like Mobil, Alabama. At this point, they pick an industry they fancy or have experience in and join it in a corporate dev./gen. management role. My worst fear is that I will follow the crowd at school ending up as a finance monkey in IB and eventually hate myself two years after graduation.

I want to find out more about rotational programs, any one talked to a current student/alum about this ?


Right, and it gets very old very fast - the travel that is. You don't always end up on fun projects in fun places, and can be a real drag to get on a plane week in week out. I'm also attracted to corporate rotational programs, but no haven't talked to anyone about this yet.



Add me to the list of those interested in rotational programs. The company I work for has a "Management Development Program" for fresh MBA grads, where after 2 years, you are put in a managerial role in the business unit that suits you best. Appearantly it's considered the "fast-tracK" to executive status. I've done some research on this, and lot of companies do have this type of program, especially for corp finance grads. Only one thing, I do believe the pay is not spectacular while your actually doing the rotations. Anyone else have info on rotationals??
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2007, 09:44
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Most undecided people seem to end up in Management Consulting. After a couple of years, they get tired of the hotels, the airports and working in far flung places like Mobil, Alabama. At this point, they pick an industry they fancy or have experience in and join it in a corporate dev./gen. management role. My worst fear is that I will follow the crowd at school ending up as a finance monkey in IB and eventually hate myself two years after graduation.

I want to find out more about rotational programs, any one talked to a current student/alum about this ?


Right, and it gets very old very fast - the travel that is. You don't always end up on fun projects in fun places, and can be a real drag to get on a plane week in week out. I'm also attracted to corporate rotational programs, but no haven't talked to anyone about this yet.



Add me to the list of those interested in rotational programs. The company I work for has a "Management Development Program" for fresh MBA grads, where after 2 years, you are put in a managerial role in the business unit that suits you best. Appearantly it's considered the "fast-tracK" to executive status. I've done some research on this, and lot of companies do have this type of program, especially for corp finance grads. Only one thing, I do believe the pay is not spectacular while your actually doing the rotations. Anyone else have info on rotationals??


Can you tell us a bit more about your firm? What kind of industry is it? Manufacturing? Services? Finance? etc?
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