17 Things an MBA has taught me apart from being ‘academically well versed’…

MBA is not just an addition to your profile or a step to a successful career. I am very much enjoying my journey so far and I am only half way through. Yet I can confidently say I am a changed individual in just these 6 months of study. So when you plan to do an MBA get ready to give in the best of your potential in life. Its a pretty much demanding journey but one with the most rewards. Hope you enjoy reading and do add in some of your thoughts if you may agree more 🙂

Here you go..

16 Things an MBA has taught me apart from being ‘academically well versed’…

  1. Being calm is not an option: You are either stressed or emotionless.
  2. Organizing is key: You must pre-plan your whole year in advance including your leave, your PMS days and most productive days AND abide by them!
  3. Stay healthy: Sleep + exercise = productivity, Caffeine + healthy diet = positivity x mental focus!
  4. NEWS: A must read! Download all possible apps to get alerts from all over the world and even outer space.
  5. Change the way you shop: Yes! You start thinking between the lines of a SALE or a weekly draw even at a 1 pound store!
  6. Valuing relationships: Surprising but true! That’s a sign when you really need your break! Yay family time.. (miracles happen).
  7. Personality development: Unknowingly but eventually you change into a different person (in a good way).
  8. I’m more confident: Just a result of meeting classmates who are 5 to 30 years older than me.
  9. You finally can start a conversation at your Dad’s Boss’s dinner party: Talk about the weather or the economy, Always works!
  10. Even more practical thinking: YES or a NO.. Mostly a NO!
  11. Study time: Follow the student handbook. 20 hours a week is actually the right way and not just for ‘those nerds’.
  12. Networking: Growing connections on linkedin and not facebook.
  13. Use of Marketing Jargons: Competitive Advantage is an alternative for ‘I’m better than you’.
  14. Size matters: Size of the BOOKS.. it’s either big or bigger.
  15. Stronger career path: Don’t have to google ‘how to write an effective cover letter’ anymore. You know what would get you that job.
  16. Why work experience is actually a ‘requirement’: 3 years minimum = 10% helpful and 90% delete and replace. The more you work the less you need to read/browse/search/understand/learn.
  17. Change in preferences: Be it the Movies you loved to watch or the Events you never missed. You now start looking at the ROI’s!

~ Shahana

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It’s been a while since my last post for reasons inevitable! Surprising to me how quickly my life has changed its track to another more complex one. I finally joined grad school, wrote my first MBA exam and now planning to move out to Scotland for the rest of my course 🙂 How smooth…

Well the moving out is not as easy! Yes of course cause it’s a huge move and majorly cause I’m having a conflict between emotional vs professional choices. It’s an everyday battle between Yes and No. People ask why even have No as an option? And they are right, to an extent. But me, not that easy to convince. I have a 1000 other concerns that don’t even weigh equivalent to the benefits of moving out to a new country and the exposure I would hold for the rest of my life. I am just not used to leaving my family and being all alone and missing them and my pet and and and… I now understand why dad used to get so emotional (disinterested) in travelling for work even if it was just for 2 days. I got my offer letter, scholarship grant, wrote not such a bad exam, and I’m still in my thinking process (basically stage 1 of making a decision).

“You’ve come so far, why do you need to rethink?!”, “This is an opportunity that will define your future”, “You’re gonna regret if you back out now!!” – Everything what my parents/friends/advisers have to say. I know they are a 100% right, but I really don’t know why I am still not convinced. Oh, and the best part is given the option of not going, I feel I am wasting my life not moving out. GODD!! It’s so complicated for me I have asked everyone a 100 times they are just exhausted even talking to me (lol). I have passed my due date for confirmation, got an extension, I haavvee to decide today! Its high time.. (my mental process everyday)… In the morning: I am going, it’s good for me in every way. And towards the evening: Why do I have to leave home, why can’t I just do it online?!.. (I’m literally worried about my mental health now).

You see how overwhelming and crazy this situation is for me. I am so lost and I still can’t make up my mind. Even at the end of this post my brain is basically on airplane mode! But all I know is whatever decision I finally make I will work out something productive for sure, wherever I am 🙂

~Shahana