It may seem like everyone but you has been accepted to bschool this year, but it’s not true. There have been lots of disappointments. You’re not the only one. Everyone crows about their successes but many who don’t make it go very quiet about everything so you can sometimes feel like you’re the only one who didn’t make it. What should you do if you end up in this boat?
1. Double-down on your current job.
If you are not currently convinced that you’ll be headed to bschool in the Fall, then definitely you need to make the most of your current situation. We believe that the best way to career success is by working really hard — even if you’re in a job that you hate. Yes, yes, yes, we know how difficult it is to get motivated by work when it’s work — but we can also promise you that one reason you loathe your job so much is because of how much you loathe it. In other words, it’s at least in part due to how you’re thinking about it. If every day is full of reluctance and a lack of motivation (and that’s before you even get out of bed) then you’re dooming yourself to a negative experience. And yet, if things at your job are so unpleasant, how can you expect to feel differently about it? One trick is what we call “Acting as if.” Act is if your job is amazing. Act as if it’s what you choose to be doing. Go into work with a smile on your face — and get there on time. Go in with an attitude of how can you help.
Look for ways you can contribute. Don’t wait to be asked to do something extra. Even if it’s as small as washing the coffee cups that have collected in the sink in the kitchen, or picking up that gum wrapper in the hallway that everyone else has walked past without picking it up. Or volunteering to run the super boring reporting process at the end of the month that everyone hates.
If you force yourself to be perky and positive, you will soon become perky and positive. And if you put yourself out there as someone who cares, who is willing to do the grunt work even if it’s not technically your job, then you will be seen as a team member who collaborates and does more than her share — and someone who everyone wants to be around.
If you’ve found yourself slacking or coasting, because you assumed that your days were numbered at this place and you checked out early even before you had an exit route firmed up, then re-engage. Decide to do it. Suck it up and make the place better. If nothing else, it’ll help you change your own attitude and who knows? Maybe it’ll even turn into a better job, and not just be a place where you watch the minutes tick by on the clock until it’s time to go home.
So that’s Step 1 for anyone who’s realized that maybe their goals for an MBA are not going to be realized right away.
Stay tuned for more in this series of “What do I do now??” here on the blahg
tomorrow right here.
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