Category: Work-Life Balance

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Three Tips to Manage Employer Expectations

To go or not to go? That is the question. Unfortunately, if you’re looking through this blog, you’re probably in the same shoes I was almost two years ago: Looking at the program schedule and thinking, “How am I going to ask my manager for every other Friday off?” It requires a lot of trust from your manager, but it can be done. Most of us had to request time off or had to come up with a plan to ensure that work wasn’t interrupted while we were in school. The following advice is what has worked for me...

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The Life of a Spouse

I’m back! And this time, I’m writing from a different perspective: my husband’s. As a spouse of someone in the program, it can be challenging to adjust as well. They see you less, pick up chores they perhaps didn’t have to do and can get frustrated with you. It’s ok and totally understandable. It’s a huge commitment on our behalf but your spouse or significant other commits to it as well. Hopefully, you’ll find the following information beneficial for yourself (as a prospective/incoming student) and your significant other. In the words of my husband: “Find your own grad school.”...

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Applied learning in the Executive MBA program

The best thing about doing an Executive MBA is the opportunity to apply the learnings immediately in your workplace. Here are my top key learnings from Goizueta that I have recently applied to my life outside of school: Do three things brilliantly rather than 20 things reasonably – it can be easy to get involved in every project at work, constantly multitasking and trying to complete 20 projects at once. However, we have been taught at Goizueta about the great value of focusing on a smaller number of tasks and doing them exceptionally. Completely immerse yourself in the problem,...

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Why should women get an MBA?

While talking about the Leadership-Ambition gap, in her book “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg aptly remarks, “Professional ambition is expected of men but is optional — or worse, sometimes even a negative — for women.” I can truly vouch for this statement as I come from a very conservative culture. I realized that if I wanted to make something meaningful of my life and have an impact on society, I would have to find a more supportive community of like-minded people with similar values. I realized that to start even thinking about the bigger picture, I had to educate myself...

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How important is employer support?

A major consideration of any working professional pursing a graduate degree is the support they get (or may not get) from their employer. I have friends and colleagues who have left a company in part due to weak support for their part-time MBA and others who have turned down very lucrative offers to change roles because it would mean they could no longer realistically pursue their MBA.