Giulio Gilardi knew he wanted a career change. While working in marketing strategy in his home country of Peru, he set his sights on the financial industry. And he knew exactly what he needed to get there: his MBA. Now a soon-to-be MBA graduate, Giulio shares his path to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as an international student:
The start of a new year inspires changes and sometimes even bold moves. Last week we reflected on the past decade and challenged you to ask yourself about your accomplishments and areas of growth. So what do you want to bring into the 2020's? Maybe it includes a career change you've been thinking about but have been putting off because don't have the required experience. If you're wondering how you can move into a new career without relevant experience on your resume, check out these four tips!
Let’s be honest, ringing in as big of a year as 2020 can be stressful. Closing out an entire decade is a lot to process. There’s pressure to make resolutions and reflect in a way that’s bigger than just any other new year. I’m sure you’ve seen the lengthy posts on social media with friends and family summarizing their epic 2010's. When looking back at your decade, it can be easy to feel that you didn’t do as much as you thought you did or that you're experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) when comparing yourself to others. Ask yourself these questions to make the start of 2020 a moment of reflection that celebrates you and all you’ve accomplished during this decade:
Last week, I talked about my pre-grad anxiety as May 2020 quickly approaches. The nagging question of “what do I want to do next?” is plaguing my thoughts every single day. But instead of downward spiraling with Netflix marathons, avoidance, and stress, I’ve started taking action to chip away at the uncertainty. The next time the feeling of pre-grad anxiety hits you, try checking one of these suggestions off the list:
I know post-grad anxiety is a thing. Transitioning into adulthood after undergrad hit me like a brick wall. You know what I didn’t expect to hit me just as hard? Pre-grad anxiety. With a May 2020 graduation date from the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter in the distance, my daily existence has an undercurrent of existential dread. I was blissfully unaware of this sensation while studying my undergraduate degree. I thought you got handed your diploma, easily found your dream job, and everything was perfect. This time around, I know everything is about to change, it’s going to be a challenge, and there’s just that much more pressure to get it right. As I get closer to the finish line, here’s what’s stoking my pre-grad anxiety:
The holiday season can be the culprit for some added stress to your every day routine. While there are many levels of stress, some can be harmful, and even make you feel ill. It is important to learn what triggers stress so that it can be prevented. Learning to manage your stress is also key to stop it from taking over during the busy holiday season. Follow these simple tips to help manage stress at work or school:
We get it, there’s nothing easy about making the decision to go to graduate school. There can be a lot standing in the way between being just an idea and actually attending. How will you afford it? Can you even handle school again? Read about the five most common obstacles that may be holding you back and what you can do to overcome them.
You now know just how important it is to set goals. They not only help you achieve your dreams, they show potential jobs or grad schools you mean business. But when it comes to formulating that perfect goal, what should it look like? What makes a goal a good one you’ll live by versus a bad one you’ll throw away in a few weeks? Make it a goal for your next goal to follow these tips:
When did the concept of setting goals become so complicated? At their core, goals are easy to understand. They’re defined as “the end toward which effort is directed.” Put into practice, they’re the answer to pressing questions like, “what do you want to get out of life?” and “what do you want to achieve professionally?” But you probably already know this. What’s holding you back from setting goals isn’t not knowing what goals are, it’s not knowing why you should kick that goal setting process into high gear.