Friday, December 14, 2007

Yes and No

If I have learned one thing from my prioritizing my ideas about where my career could go, it's that I don't really want to go to law school.

I laid out my ideas and filled in some details, and moved them around. Here's the category listings as they stand:

  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Educational Administration
  • Business School
  • Non-Profit
  • Development
  • Law School
  • Sales

Sales was a suggestion from the career coach, because she thinks it would match my competitive and outgoing nature. But the more I've looked at it, I can't really get my heart into it. That puts it at the bottom of the list.

What I noticed about this list, as it emerged, was that the top two items, Teaching and Writing, are about me creating something on my own, customized, and autonomously. This fits with a lot of things, like the results I got on my Strong's Inclination Index test in grad school.

Business school is a very intriguing option; it's something unlike things I've studied before, but it would show me some valuable skills. It would cost money, and mean more loans, scholarship applications and so forth, but it still holds a lot of appeal for me. I'd love if any b-school students or grads would leave me some comments about why they went to b-school and what the best part about it was.

Law school has fallen to the very bottom (except for Sales) and I think I know now, it's a pipe dream. I like the idea of learning law because I loved the law class I took in grad school. But I don't have aspirations to become a lawyer, or practice law really. I might as well take it off the list.

3 responses:

Vanessa said...

Kate,

Here's a blog by an MBA student in Seattle. While it was somewhat been neglected this term, he does have a stream called "MBA" which might be useful. You could also email him, I'm sure. I have.

http://foiblesfollies.blogspot.com/index.html

Milena said...

I'm pursuing an MSF, which is just shy of an MBA, a few more classes could turn it into one. Let me preface with: I never had an interest in business school. My undergrad is in music, but my current employer (a financial services corp.) provides tuition reimbursement for related fields of study. So I took the opportunity.

Since I have a full time job, attend school only part time, and did not apply to highly competitive programs I cannot speak to the grueling nature of most MBA programs nor do I have the inclinations as most MBA trackers I know do: CEO, CFO, COO, Analyst, I-Banker, Venture Capitalist, etc.

But from a purely academic standpoint, I love the curriculum. I don't know if it's just because I love school in general, and even though I hadn't had a math class since high school I get a kick out of accounting and financial analysis. I have really enjoyed learning macro economic issues and next semester I'm delving into International Finance and Management in Developing Countries.

I'd suggest reading course guides for descriptions to see if you would enjoy the course work. Also, I know you are Buddhist, so you might be interested in a super cool school of management (but it's in Iowa!) founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - "Consciousness Based Education" Check it out.

Best to you in your search!

Milena said...

The Aspen Institute recently released this: Beyond Grey Pinstripes. Could be useful?


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