For a handful of us, this was our last semester at Metro State in our respective programs. Last Saturday, I walked in the graduation ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center along with several hundred other students. As the procession included both graduate and undergraduate students, I felt inspired by my recent decision to begin looking into grad school. Though I haven’t even begun the application process yet, I’m struck by an onset of confidence. Obtaining my undergraduate degree took me a couple years longer than I anticipated as well as desired, but I made it and still in time to look good on my resume! Having accepted a recent job offer at Abbott Laboratories, I find myself stuck at a crossroads on what to do next. There are several obvious reasons for why I should graduate school as soon as possible. I think I’ve narrowed down my focus, so that’s definitely a start. Let me explain what I want to do next.
Having a five year plan has become somewhat of a trend recently and I find myself joining along. Although I’m not quite at my “dream job” yet (although it seems that many of us still have a ways to go in this endeavor), I think I will be soon. Let me start with what I want to do for education and then I’ll go from there. I want to obtain an MBA with a finance focus. Since I haven’t taken many business courses prior to this, I’ll need to take a couple prerequisites such as Financial Accounting and Micro & Macro Economics. Though I’m planning to attend Metro for this, I can take these courses at North Hennepin for cheaper up until I’m completely ready to apply. I’ve been having a friendly experience so far in the application process, having recently found out that more programs are doing away with standardized tests due to their underlying implicit racial bias. That could be saved for an entirely separate blog post however. So overall, my plan is to get settled in at Abbott, find a second job to help pay down some debt (student loans and car payment) and then begin the process of grad school. All in all, I’ve got a lot going on over the next couple years.
Since my goals are high caliber, my work ethic will need to remain so as well. I have a lot riding on me to be successful in these endeavors but I feel up for the challenge. I feel it is imperative to obtain my graduate degree soon for several reasons. For one, I want to obtain a job that pays me enough to do what I want without having to get a second one. I want to be able to spend time with both my future kids and my future dogs. Another reason is that I need to stand out with automation coming soon. Whether for better or for worse, automation is coming for a lot of jobs and we all must do what we can to remain competitive. Although this mission is paramount, I’m also doing my best to slow down and enjoy the journey along the way. Once I obtain a degree in finance, there will be a lot of things I can start doing that I’ve wanted to. I can consult with my friends on helping them start and expand their businesses. I can begin investing in real estate and other funds so that I can retire early. In order for all this to happen, I’ll also need to volunteer more and possibly complete some internships.
All in all, the next couple years will be busy for me as I’m sure it will continue to be for my classmates as well. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my journey so far, it’s to always expect the unexpected. And part of that entails striving for self-improvement each and every day. To close, I’ll cite a quote from one of America’s all-time favorite Presidents’ John F. Kennedy “Do not pray for easier lives, gentlemen, pray to be stronger men.”
What are your plans after graduation? Feel free to join the conversation in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading,