Olivia Pechstein, a strategy analyst at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), knew she wanted to get her MBA on her terms. She wanted to keep her current job, maintain a balanced life, and take her education to the next level. Learn how she chose a part-time online MBA program at the University of Delaware in her quest for flexibility.
Let’s face the facts, women have not had it easy when it comes to building our careers. We still earn less than men, we’re underrepresented in the C-suite, and we’re viewed as less competent leaders. It can be overwhelming and downright discouraging. What’s a professional woman to do?
Did you know the average American switches jobs 12 times in their lifetime? It’s common to study one thing, do some work in the industry, and then have a revelation about where you actually want to be. I know the feeling. I’m an international development professional turned brand strategy freelancer and graduate student. Wondering how to make your own major industry change? These tips will help build your plan of attack:
Do you need a LinkedIn profile? The short answer is 100% yes. LinkedIn takes you from a recent graduate with a resume to a young professional with a digital presence. It is your ticket to a huge professional network of 500 million users and countless opportunities for professional development. It also takes minimal time to set up and doesn’t require constant upkeep.
Alejandra Parra always knew she wanted to live and study abroad. After graduating from college in her home country of Colombia, she moved to Washington, DC, to work at the Embassy of Colombia and pursue her business school dreams. Now a financial consultant at Delphos International and a George Washington University MBA graduate, she shares what her business school experience was like as an international student:
Ask a business school graduate what they enjoyed the most about their classroom experience and the answer may surprise you. It’s often not the amazing professor they had or the business knowledge they learned. It’s the richness of diversity in their classroom and how it shaped their education.
Now that you’ve narrowed down who you think would make a great mentor, it’s time for mentorship magic to start happening. But, the work is far from over to turn your mentorship dream into a reality. How do you turn your ideal mentor into your actual mentor? And once they’re your mentor, how do you make that relationship work? You’re ready to take the next step.
Visualize a workday at an average job. Is the day full of in-person meetings, phone calls, and gossip at coworkers’ desks? That’s so 2000. Technology is evolving the workplace as we know it. Where there once was one office in one city, there are now remote workers scattered across the world. Where there once were in-person meetings, there are video conferences and cloud collaboration. Are you ready for the technological demands of today’s workplace?
Did you know January is National Mentoring Month? The timing couldn’t be better to make finding the perfect mentor a New Year’s resolution. But before we go into what mentorship can do for your career, let’s answer the most basic of questions. What is mentorship? Think of it as a relationship you build with an experienced professional who will guide you on your career path. They’re the one person who will be able to answer your pressing professional questions (or at least point you in the right direction) and provide invaluable advice. So let’s find one!
Way back in September I wrote about my first week of grad school. And now, as of December 5th, I finished my first semester at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Brandcenter. Countless hours of work, sleep deprived nights, and vending machine snacks went into this achievement. But I survived! And here are some of the most important things I learned along the way: