About three years ago today I was waiting for an acceptance letter from the University of Gothenburg, a letter (hopefully) telling me that I was accepted to one of their business programs. I’m usually pretty confident about my own abilities and so on, but when you’re faced with such a life-altering possibility as a Uni-education of your choice, I too got a bit nervous and antsy about getting that letter as soon as possible, so that i would know.
Fast forward to today; three years later. I’m about to hand in the final version of my Bachelor thesis to the Uni, and I realize that I actually did it; I got a University degree! It’s a great feeling, and it makes me even more hungry for the coming two years of Master studies here in Gothenburg.
A friendly reminder told me today that I’ve been blogging here on WordPress for the whole of three years today! Incredible! It’s hard to imagine that three years ago today i just left my old job to take the first steps on this very journey that i am on right now, and i am very glad that i decided to start this blogging process that very same day. It has at times provided me a channel to put my thoughts into writing, and at times, perhaps mostly; it has been a fun and worthwhile distraction. I do know that the last several months since i left for my sejour to Canada I’ve not been posting here nearly as much as I’d like, and that will change. Either way, i look forward to the three years ahead; i know that they will be interesting and rewarding in many ways!
I happened to stumble upon this worthwhile article over at Forbes. Whether you’re in a position of asserting yourself in the business world or applying for your 5th position, it’s pretty spot on and reassuring 🙂
So it’s time for a little update of the ‘ol blog and bring to it the going-ons as of late. The news are as follows. Last week we received the grades for our first course this semester (International economics) and while I was pleased that I passed it with great margin I was less pleased to see that I was a mere 1.25 points from the highest possible grade. This has pretty much been the case for the third course now, that I get unnervingly close to the higher grade. What annoys me is that this eventually shows nowhere in the final grades. Close doesn’t cut it, so to say. But despite that I am pleased with my own work anyway, I rather be close to the top than balancing on the middle. The Corporate finance course we are taking now has started off in a good way though, with a top grade on the first two computer exams that we’ve had since the course began.
Now, this month has also marked the point where we had to decide our specialization/major. The first year and a half we’ve been all studying the same courses but starting next year we will be separated into one of three specializations; Economics, Finance or Business administration. The decision for me has been some time coming, even though I enjoy all three subject matters in their own ways. I eventually decided and pulled the trigger on Business administration, for a number of reasons. The largest one of those reasons is the fact that it’s an area that I feel builds on my previous experiences and who I am as a person the most. To not take into account what I have done with my life to this point during my 31 years of life would have been a mistake as I see it. Had I been young, inexperienced and straight out of high school I might have made a different decision. Now I feel confident with building on my previous experiences in the manufacturing industry and where I see myself with Business administration. I came to think of this sort of simple, intuitive, model while I was out walking the other day and I just had to jot it down in my phone. It’s just a simple qualitative model to visualize how one might reason about making choices when it comes to career making. It’s by no means a complete product, so bear with me! 😉
This, the last month with any kind of summer potential is now coming to an end and we’re beginning the journey towards the fall. I’m sitting here typing this on my trusty desktop computer (yes, people still use these!) having the first coffee of the day and reflecting over the past summer months and it’s accompanying summer work. I have been back to the company that I used to work for before I started my Uni studies and it has been a good run. It was great to meet all my former co-workers again and to see that business for them has picked up again and they’re with new owners and management heading in a new direction. I wish them all the best and success in the future. As pleased as I was being back there again I also wish for something else from the future, as I have done all along. It’s time for me to start looking elsewhere for a future career in my own field. This has absolutely nothing to do with any hard feelings or anything of the like towards my former employer, I like them very much and I know that I am liked by them. But at this point it’s just time for a new path for me. Time and opportunity will tell where that might be.
I will now be embarking on my third semester at the university and I am looking forward to it! We have our first lecture in the course International economics next Tuesday, I got my hands on the main book for the course already, just need to sort the remaining two as soon as I get back to school. This fall semester also marks the point where I will need to select a major for my bachelor’s degree. This will need to happen by October 15th. I am still a bit undecided to my choice, I must say. I am leaning towards business administration mainly for the reason that my work experience this far in my life has been mainly in industry and business admin just feels like a good fit from this point onwards. But at the same time there is something that time and again starts drawing me towards majoring in Finance. My spontaneous take on it is that it would be a very interesting field for the future and with the knowledge I have at hand right now it’s something I could imagine doing for work. I hesitate because I know that I am a non-traditional student that last year passed the 30 mark of age (I prefer to look at it as life experience ;-). Aiming for a career in Investment banking might at this point be asking for an awful lot. I don’t doubt my own abilities at the slightest, but the labor market and it’s demand is something that is out of my control. This is why I hesitate. I am not really sure what other types of jobs I would be able to get with a bachelor’s in Finance together with no real experience in the field this far. This is something that I will need to delve much deeper in to in the coming weeks before I select my major. In any case I will be getting a master degree on top of it all, maybe it would be a wise choice to combine the Finance bachelor’s with a master in a business admin field in that case. I am not completely sure at this point. But come October 15th I will be.
Found this article/guide to online career networking and thought it belonged right here on the blog. I’ve thought about this for a while…facebook and LinkedIn don’t really cut the mustard. I’m looking for something else to meet likeminded people online..maybe one of those sites in the article would serve me well. I’ll have a look during the weekend.