“Helpful” Tips for Surviving an MBA

In the interest of being as helpful as possible, here are some tips for surviving an MBA.  You might not need all of these, but I thought I’d share them in the interest of helping you get through the experience.  I know I couldn’t have done it without applying some key strategies. Tips for Surviving an MBA Kiss your sanity goodbye.  For nearly two years, your life will revolve around Family, School, and Work.  The concept of balance and sanity is rather different when you’re working a full time job, while studying 20+ hours per week, and keeping some semblance

Job Search Tip: Apply Anyway

I’m currently reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, and I have to confess that sometimes it sounds like she’s reading my thoughts, and in my head.  Honestly, it’s a bit scary.  I’ll be posting on some of her advice here, and commenting on it.  The first piece of advice goes to women looking for a new job, or considering a job change. Apply anyway. One statistic that Sheryl cites is that men will apply to a position when they match 60% of the requirements of a position, while women will typically only apply for a position when they match 100%

Some MBA Statistics

I’m sitting here writing my first post since I finished the MBA at Duke, and it is a bit confusing to not have a pile of homework due,or about to be due.  I thought I’d share some MBA statistics that I think sum up what the experience was about: 16 classes 1 Concentration 85 Students in my Class 8 Women 35 The average age in my Cohort 25 The number of Weekend Residencies 19 The number of months it took me to finish my classes 3 The Number of Months I worked on my Concentration Project (In Entrepreneurship and Innovation) Countless-

The End Is In Sight

When I got home today, there was an envelope waiting for me.  Inside that envelope was a wonderful sight to behold- my graduation announcements.  Behold- the end is in sight!  I am so excited.  After nearly two years of blood, sweat, and tears- literally- the end has come.  It took a tremendous amount of work, effort, and dedication on my part, but also on the part of my support system.  My husband has supported me in my dream by heading the household nearly single-handedly while I’ve studied countless hours.  I’ve also been supported by my children, my father, my colleagues,

Some Signs You Might Be Overdoing It

Given that by about 1:30 on Monday, I was ready for my head to explode, I thought I’d share some signs that perhaps you might be overdoing things by just a little bit.  I hope that this can be a helpful guide to knowing when to slow down, if only a little bit. Signs You Might be Overdoing It: Your head is spinning, and you find yourself speaking in tongues to your children.  This is a clear sign that perhaps your are a bit stressed and need to slow down and perhaps reduce your stress level.  The children also appreciate

Ask For Help

I have the Getting in Touch With Your Inner Bitch Calendar on my desk at work, because I thought I needed some reminders to do for myself, instead of always doing for others.  It has been eye opening.  Today’s Quote is “It’s the strong ones who ask for help” ~anonymous.  I think that is a great reminder.  None of us is as strong as all of us.  It takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes it also takes a village to keep a mom who does way too much going.  It’s a reminder that accepting help is a sign of

Keeping Calm in the Eye of a Storm

By about 12:30 PM on Monday I was pretty sure my head was either going to explode or go spinning off my shoulders.  It was close there for a bit.  Between doctors’ appointments for my dad with a spine surgeon on Monday, and getting a back brace for him, going to work early, leaving late, and having to get my first aid/CPR training class done that evening, then multiple hours of testing for my oldest daughter this week- 8 of them to be specific- buying a wheelchair van for my Dad, and dealing with closing on a property, while trying

Advice for New Employees

What is your advice for new employees at your company?  As part of my job, I recruit, train, and manage a fairly large number of college interns – 9 of them currently.  I know that I’m constantly giving them advice. Take Notes.  Don’t rely on remembering everything that was said to you. Yes, you should study some of these things.  Linux commands, how the operating system works, and more.  Those are your homework. Show up on time. Communicate, regularly, early, and often. What items do you wish people knew, and followed when they start at your company?  If you could

Mommy Wars

You’d pretty much have to be blind, deaf, and clueless to miss the ferocity of the mommy wars.  Both sides are equally at fault, and the fights are mean, nasty, and frankly needless and pointless.  They are also heartbreaking to hear.  Frankly, what’s to gain from them? Let’s be honest here- each of us makes the decisions that are best for our families.  Women are not “giving up”, “wasting their educations”,  or doing something crazy if they decide that staying in the work force is not for them after having children.  Women who continue to work after having children, are

Queen Bees

In the technology field, there are very few women.  As you move into development, there are even fewer women.  If you move up the management chain there are also very few women.  It’s not unusual for me to attend a meeting and be the only woman in the room.  This is especially true whenever I travel to another one of my company’s offices.  I will look around, and be the only woman in a room with over 20 men.  So, needless to say, there are relatively few of us in this field. Unfortunately, some of the women who are in