The Post College Professional sat down with new grad student and working professional, Kevin Sundeen. After 10 years into his career, all arrows pointed to a graduate degree at George Mason University School of Business. Read about how he decided on the right program, how he balances his new school schedule with everyday life, and what he didn't expect from his grad school journey!
It’s inevitable, someone is going to ask you to describe a time you failed. Whether the question is on a graduate school essay or in an interview to land a job, you’re going to have to talk about failing. And there’s no getting around the fact that answering this question can feel cringeworthy. But knowing how to talk about your failure is critical in showcasing just how mature and genuine you really are. Here’s how to pull off a well-thought-out answer when the inevitable happens:
We’ve heard the same success stories over and over again. They always involve the same storyline: a person had a goal, worked really hard, and achieved that goal. Whether our parents or our favorite celebs tell these stories, they’re meant to inspire us to work towards our own success.
But where are the stories about people who worked hard and then failed? Failure stories are just as important as success stories in defining who we are and how we approach work and life. Read, watch, and attend your way through the following list to learn from overlooked stories all about failure:
Call me naive, overly self-confident, or maybe both, but I always assumed I would be successful by now. I thought I would be mid-level by now in international development, making a decent salary, feeling fulfilled by my job and its impact on the world, living a life of comfortable leisure. That’s what I thought 28 would look like. Instead, I’m getting my Master’s in a completely different career field, going into debt, and preparing myself to start in a near entry-level position come graduation.
Are you curious to see what a graduate students' back to school checklist looks like? Part-time MBA graduate student, Kevin Sundeen, shares his back to school checklist as he starts his first week at George Mason University School of Business.
Dave Costello, Founder of Scoots and recent Kellogg MBA grad, didn’t start business school knowing he would create the first plant-based footwear brand, Scoots. But inspiration struck soon after starting business school, and Dave quickly grew Scoots from an idea to a tangible product with $50,000 in presales. Learn how he came up with the idea and how his MBA helped him on his entrepreneurial path:
Realizing that you don’t like your job is one of the worst feelings in the world. After all, your job is a HUGE part of your life. And you know in an ideal world you should feel fulfilled at work while simultaneously making decent money and growing professionally. Acknowledging that this isn’t the case for you is terrible. So what should you do about it? It’s time to make a plan to break your unfortunate status quo.
Friday is the last day of my ten-week internship as a Strategy Intern at a strategy and design consultancy in New York City. I’m feeling proud of my accomplishments, excited to leave my less than ideal summer sublet (NYC housing is rough), and nervous to get back to school mode. But most of all I’m feeling reflective on where my summer internship experience met my expectations and where it didn’t. Here are six lessons I learned during my ten weeks of intern life:
Two-time graduate student, Nidhi Mehrotra, made the decision it was time for a career change after working in the software engineering world. Nidihi gives us insight into what it was like to move to another country, complete her second graduate degree, and how it has impacted her career today.
When you start talking about going to grad school, you’re bound to get advice from your professors, friends, and everyone in between. One thing you’ll likely hear over and over again is that you should get a few years of work experience beforehand. How much weight should you give to this advice? Let’s break down the benefits of trading in the academic world for the real world before grad school.