I work with a group of phenomenal students each day. I am consistently amazed by their academic records, level of campus involvement and the many avenues that they choose to express or show case their talent. Each of them that I have encountered support the overall brand of our program while adding value in a manner that is specific to their unique gifts and experiences. I find that more often than not many of my students consistently endeavor to fit a mold a persona. They have some how accepted that there is only “ONE” interpretation of an ideal career path or opportunity. Many even mistakenly believe that the trajectory of their career path is determined solely by the organization they join after graduation and thus with that spirit they pursue opportunities that are inappropriate.
There is no one size fits all cookie cutter opportunity or career path. It is important that you assess what a company has to offer in terms of what you value and what you find important. Elements to consider are: work-life balance, opportunities for advancement, company support of training or education, management style, location, salary and benefits. The company that is ideal for you may not be in Investment Banking or Big 4 Accounting simply because they do not share your values. Individuals often succeed in organizations who’s core values most closely matches their own personal values. Abandon stereotypes and popular perception about what you SHOULD be doing and where you SHOULD be working as simply one interpretation of an infinite number of view points and career paths. Everything is not for everyone. Be bold, be confident, be clear about what you want and based on what you find important choose the company that is right for you.