Time…

17 Feb

‘Time Without Courage and Time Without Fear is Just Wasted, Wasted Time.

This is one of my favorite songs and somehow it feels very pertinent right now. Well, for me, that is. Time seems to be racing past and we are already in the 6th month of our MBA. For those of you who have been following my scribbles regularly, you must be wondering why does she keep writing about time; time and time again, eh! But, yeah, this experience has got to be amongst the top5 speediest ones of my life, and I am having difficulties grasping the whole of it.

Now, I am starting to decipher the ‘ideal post-MBA job’ that I’d like to choose. And I now have Google as my best friend, seriously. I realize that its not going to be easy finding the places that’ll let me do ‘exactly’ what I’d like to be doing in the next decade or so. You know, I have a fair idea of what I’d want but getting there is more work than I imagined it’d be, haha.

So I dedicate this random rambling of mine to one of the greatest bands of all time- Hootie and the Blowfish. The opening line of this post is from one of their best songs, Time. And life, right now, is pretty much a combination of those 3 elements; time, fear and courage.

Till later,

Anita

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2 Responses to “Time…”

  1. etree February 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for maintaining this blog. It’s a fantastic resource and I’ve enjoyed reading about your time at Mannheim so far.

    Can you tell me what the prospects are for jobs, now that you’ve begun the search? As specifically as possible, what kinds of jobs are you targeting and how are you going about applying? Do you think that one can transition from one industry/location to another with the help of the Mannheim MBA?

    In my case, I don’t have any visa issues to worry about, as I’m married to an EU citizen, and my German is quite good, but I am concerned that companies in Germany might see my American liberal arts degree + an MBA as insufficient entry credentials. Any perspective you can offer would be great!

    • Anita Visvanath February 19, 2011 at 2:38 am #

      Hello etree, and thanks for stopping by the blog! It’s always great to get feedback and am glad that you find my ramblings useful. 🙂

      Well, that’s a tough question you pose. From what I garner, transition to a different industry+ function + geography is not too practical an option, irrespective of the degree in-hand, especially if one has sufficient work-experience in another area. Having said that, I am currently researching on the options available for MBAs, irrespective of the field. I’ve been strongly advised to keep my options open and not make up my mind right away, so research it is! Since there are a lot of opportunities that I could miss if I limit my job-search to, lets say, ‘Strategy, Germany, FMCG’.

      To answer your 2nd question, in my opinion, companies the world over are looking for diversity like never before. So I wouldn’t say that your credentials are inadequate. The work experience one has, the things one learns, the people one meets, the opportunities one sees, the luck one has; in my opinion, these are what matter. Also, the MBA is growing in importance significantly in German companies, which, in my opinion, are taking great strides to become more international. So, I’d say that the winds are blowing in the right direction, for an MBA student in Germany.

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