Today, I received my MBA Diploma in the mail. Upon graduating in August 2012, I felt ready to take the bull by the horns. I was eager, confident, educated, competent, anxious, proud, excited… and completely clueless about the adventure to come.
I have always been a serious believer in higher education, but more importantly, a believer in keeping it real. In today’s world, it seems that education and success are running less and less parallel to one another. High school career counselors, WTF is wrong with y’all? I never met a young person who told me their counselor tells it like it is. I most certainly was not informed by any means.
Any student who eagerly wishes to pursue a college degree should know the following:
1) Don’t get the degree unless it will provide you with a specific job. I realize in high school most do not know what you want to do. That’s fine, normal, and healthy. BUT someone should tell you what to expect.
2) If you know there is no job, and still want the degree, be sure you will have income elsewhere, or rich parents, or a sugar daddy/mama.
3) If you don’t know what you want, start somewhere practical.
4) Read this article.
9 months ago (Whoa I could have had a baby) I was sure the MBA would jumpstart my career. Nobody told me how obsolete the degree is, since everybody and their mama has this degree. I did tons of what I thought of as due diligence, but perhaps not in the right places. Maybe I was simply too excited about calculus, finance, and economics; I learned so much and love that I now have the invaluable knowledge that can never be taken away from me…I just wish I could utilize it. Meanwhile, good friends share positivity and encouragement.
Life is a roller coaster, and plans change. I thought I would be laughing all the way to the bank, counting them Franklins. Now I’m laughing all the way to the bar. If all else fails, I would be a killer bartender.