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:
It’s bound to happen. You finish your undergraduate degree and you're ready to take on the real world. You start building out your new adult life: you embark on a career path, form new relationships, and move to a new city. But then all of the sudden a quarter life crisis hits you like a freight train. It leaves you anxious, stressed, and wondering what you want your life to actually look like. Are you on the right path? Here’s how to weather the inevitable quarter life crisis:
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!
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:
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:
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.
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: