This one might seem a bit off topic for me but bear with me, by the end of this you will see why it is relevant.
For those of you who do not know, an Executive MBA is a masters in business administration. It is a pretty intense program for managers with (usually) at least 5 years management experience covering subjects such as finance, marketing, strategy, international business and so on.. It is quite a big investment either for you or your company (if they are sponsoring you) and a huge investment of your time.
Because of this, generally you are looking for (and this is how MBA’s are generally advertised) a return on this investment (ROI – get me!) by a X percentage salary increase.
Now, I completed my MBA just before I fell pregnant with my daughter – which was pretty intentional as I was so worried about the impact having a baby would have on my career – and I thought that having an MBA would give me the edge.
The MBA was an amazing experience for me and I absolutely recommend it to everyone because you will get something out of it no matter what. The investment is so worthwhile. The contacts and friends you make are incredible as you work so closely and intensely together whilst managing work and family commitments and working with people are from all kinds of industries and from all over the world.
I did my MBA at @HenleyBusinessSchool and they are so well respected for their emphasis on personal development. This worked so well for me as while being challenged academically, I was also encouraged to embark on a journey of self awareness (something which all managers/ leaders should have but in my experience are often lacking!).
If you have been following me for a while you will know that having my daughter changed my perspective on quite a few things, and getting a return on my investment for completing my MBA (in terms of percentage salary increase by X date) has become less of a priority. This is not to say though that I am not still driven or ambitious – this is absolutely still the case. The difference is that I am not looking to jump up the corporate ladder quite so much.
Balance is so important to me and I think it is almost impossible to achieve balance whilst climbing the corporate ladder. I feel that I would need to change jobs, probably work longer hours, with more stress etc..
I therefore had a bit of an epiphany and have decided to build my own mini empire. I thought to myself, instead of focusing on progressing my career within the corporate world, why don’t I invest my learning and personal development into building a business of my own. After all, I enjoy my day job, I am good at it and (mostly) like the company I work for, the thing thats missing is the progression and development and this I can achieve by building something totally separate from my day job.
I am working on lots of exciting business opportunities and one day, maybe the new business will help me to achieve the more balanced and minimalistic lifestyle that I long for, with still the continuous learning and progression that I also need to feel fulfilled.
ps. I had THE WORST morning sickness ever in this picture – hence the glasses, and my feet were killing me!!