Trent Custis ’09 was an MD/MBA in the class behind me at Anderson. Great guy, and now a physician practicing in my hometown. My dad recently saw Dr. Custis for a minor procedure on his face.
Trent: This is going to feel like a bee sting.
My Dad: Ok, when is it going to happen?
Trent: It already did… I learned a lot in medical school about the body and how to treat disease, but what I learned in business school was how to manage expectations.
As for me, what I learned in business school was the 80-20 rule. Before b-school, I was a perfectionist. And then I learned Pareto’s Principle, which states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Consequently, the remaining 20% to reach perfection comes at a very high cost. Basically, it’s advocating why you should be a B student.
Just like with your post-MBA jobs, business school forces you to juggle conflicting priorities: academics, career search, leadership roles, academic internships, entrepreneurial ventures, volunteering, personal relationships, networking, fitness, sleep, etc. You can do it all, but not at the same time. Here are a few tips:
- Your Focus Will Change Each Quarter. 45% of you will get a job through on-campus recruiting and then starting in February/March, you can spend more time on your venture, working at a cool startup, etc.
- Consider Going Light on Classes Next Quarter. This will allow you to take on an academic internship to add a new title and skill set and/or focus on recruiting. You will still have plenty of units since as of last year you no longer need as many to graduate. Plus, you will love your life.
- Keep in Mind Your Priorities. Routinely remind yourself of the reasons you came to business school and what skills you need to obtain for your next job(s). Allot your time accordingly.
- Use your Competiveness in a Positive Way: Your class is the most conscious of the talent of your classmates—maybe it is because of all of those resume reviews I made you do—but it is causing some of you to be neurotic. Stop wasting time rank ordering your classmates pursuing the same companies and instead put the time into your informationals and interview prep.
- It is Ok to Get a B: We love your zest for learning but want to remind you that you do not need to have straight As. It is only the banks, the consulting firms, and a few tech companies including Google, who will ask for your grades.
I have more to say and I am sure these prose could be polished, but it’s after 6pm on a Friday night, so I am going to implement Pareto’s policy, hit publish and go grab a drink with some alums from '08.
-Emily Taylor '08, Associate Director of MBA Education & Communication