What is your current job/where are you working?
I'm a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young.
Why did you decide to sign up for Managing Your Career Development?
After 2 years of management and technology consulting, I wanted to decide what my options were should I decide to eventually move on. I needed to weigh my options before making my next move, and also make sure that I do not regret taking a decision going forward. Switching jobs can be a stressful act, especially if you make the move into a job that does not suit your skills, career goals, and aspirations.
What was your favorite part of the program?
Some of my favorite aspects were the interactive nature of the program, the ability to experience the class atmosphere of case studies conducted, and learning at a personal level from the best professors at Harvard Business School.
What did you like most about learning via HBX Live?
The quality of the students handpicked for the program made sure that the discussions were useful for all of us and reflected real-world examples of people struggling in different roles in different industries.
How are you applying what you’ve learned in Managing Your Career Development?
I was already working on my football blog, Football Paradise, in addition to my daily job at Ernst & Young. However, I'm passionate about football and want to figure out a way to pursue Football Paradise on a Full Time basis. So presently, I'm taking up pilot projects where I can gain necessary supplemental skills required to run it as an organization in the future. Another key lesson I've learned from Managing Your Career Development was how to manage a multi-hyphenate career persona. I've charted out a 5-year plan to move from Consulting to Product Management to eventually pursuing Football Paradise on a full time basis.
Any advice for people who will be taking Managing Your Career Development?
The course provides the essentials tools and frameworks necessary to guide you and to make you confident in your next career move. It won't provide you with “de facto” steps but a guide to help you reflect on your career until today and series of actions you can take now to make the right move going forward. If you're confused, or are in a situation where you feel the next move may impact your career, join the course to gain essential tools required to develop a better understanding of your current state career progress, and to chart a path going forward. Good luck!
Masters of Business and Management, University of Maryland, College Park - Robert H. Smith School of Business
"Some of my favorite aspects were the interactive nature of the program, the ability to experience the class atmosphere of case studies conducted, and learning at a personal level from the best professors at Harvard Business School."