Wealthy, Successful, and Miserable: Find Out Now What Drives You

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As you think about your post-MBA career or are trying to come to terms with recruiting results that are not what you anticipated, we strongly encourage you to read this recent New York Times article: “Wealthy, Successful and Miserable” by journalist and author Charles Duhigg.

Our mbaMission Career Coaches felt this article was important to share for the following reasons:

  • MBAs frequently look to their peers and wonder why they have not met with as much success as their peers. However, success (or securing a job with a “top” firm) does not always equal happiness or satisfaction at work.
  • Being forced to scramble for work early in your career helps build resilience. Learning from your setbacks helps you make smarter decisions in the future and enables you to be more content with your career choices.
  • There is no one “right” or “perfect” job; instead, the process of determining whether a job suits you is complicated and based upon what you value as an individual.

So, what can you do now to avoid being miserable in your job in 15 or more years?  

  1. Define and find your own version of success. Identify both the type of role and the organizations that align with your values.
  2. Gather insights from books such as Designing Your Life and Why We Work, and try the exercises outlined in our “Defining Your Career Goals” and “Prep for Your Post-MBA Job Now” blog posts. Take the career assessment from CareerLeader. Talk with mentors, career coaches, former managers, and peers.
  3. Talk with people in your target roles and see if their drivers of satisfaction match yours.

Have you been admitted to business school? If so, do you want to get a head start on defining your career goals? Do you need help preparing for job interviews or learning how to effectively network with your target employers? Or maybe you want to be a top performer in your current role but are unsure how to maximize your potential. Let an mbaMission Career Coach help via a free 30-minute consultation

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