Michelle McGuire

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6 Inspiring Failure Stories

Sep 20, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

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:

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A Different Path to Success

Sep 13, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

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.

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From MBA Grad to Business Owner: The Origin Story of Scoots

Aug 23, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

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:

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I Don't Like My Job, Now What?

Aug 16, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice, Your next career move

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.

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6 Lessons Learned from my Graduate Internship

Aug 09, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

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:

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The Benefits of Work Experience Before Grad School

Jul 26, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

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.

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Find Out What a Mentor Can Do For You

Jul 19, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

Since starting BeenThere in 2017, Founders Colin Keeler and Cara Morphew have been busy. They’ve both graduated from their respective business school programs this year (Colin from Wharton and Cara from Kellogg) and have continued to grow their online platform connecting business school applicants to mentors. Learn about their exciting company updates, how they measure the pulse of business school culture, and how business school helped them along the way.

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The Secret to Successfully Finding the Perfect Summer Internship

Jul 12, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

After doing what feels like countless internships, here I go again! I just finished my first year of graduate school at VCU Brandcenter and I’m currently a Strategy Intern at a strategy and design firm in New York City. Despite feeling like a bit of an elderly intern, I’ve loved my experience and the city. But it doesn’t mean my path to internship bliss was easy. Here are three lessons I learned last year that helped me find the perfect opportunity:

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What Can I Do With an MBA?

Jun 21, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

When you picture the career path of someone who has an MBA, what do you picture? Are you thinking of a financial analyst immersed in the stock market? Or maybe a business consultant seamlessly hopping from project to project? While those both are popular options, the truth is getting your MBA can lead to a lot more career paths than you may think.

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MarketSnacks to Robinhood Snacks: Insight into their Acquisition

Jun 14, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

Since we last talked to Jack Kramer and Nick Martell, Co-Founder of MarketSnacks, they’ve been busy. In a little over a year, they’ve scaled their company, launched a newsletter, and negotiated an acquisition by Robinhood. On top of becoming Robinhood Snacks, Jack and Nick both made big decisions when it came to their MBA programs. Learn the story of their acquisition and how business school helped them get there:

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