The current reality
- There is no loyalty in corporate America. You can get laid off any time.
- Nobody knows how the $750 billion dollars bail out package will be spent. Our government doesn’t seems to know what they’re doing.
- From mortgage payment to 401K investment, many folks are experiencing personal finance challenges. We’re learning that we cannot really trust media, gurus, and even established finance theories.
- The economy is getting worse and worse. More layoffs are announced every single day. Just look at our Depression 2.0 Layoff Tracker. It gets pretty depressing.
This blog was launched as a personal hobby in late August — I love writing. People like to ask me for my career advice. So, I decided to start a career advice site. But, it has evolved into advice on
- surviving and beating recession
- growing career
- managing personal finance and building wealth
I’ve been writing like mad in the past 3 months. Nobody is going to help us — the hard working employees, small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc.
We must help each other to go through this difficult time.
This site is my attempt to provide some help, based on my own in-the-trench experience. It won’t always be right, but it’ll always be honest, direct, and hard-hitting.
A crisis is also an opportunity. Let’s go through this difficult recession together, and come out of it stronger.
Someone asks me why this blog is named geekmba360. It’s because I have a computer science background, but I’ve also gotten an MBA. My interest has always been in the intersection of business and technology.
I’m currently working in marketing at an Internet company.
The original About Us published on September 1, 2008
Since I was in college, people like to talk to me about their career problems. At that time, the conversations were about deciding on college majors, internships, summer jobs, graduate school vs. getting a job, and full-time job recruiting. As I graduated and started working in high tech, I found myself continue to play the role of informal career advisor.
Friends told me that they came to me because I was a good listener, patient, understanding, strategic, and offering good advice. I was flattered, but I also felt guilty. Advice is cheap. Anyone can give the advice. But, It’s much harder to offer actionable career advice that can really get results. As a recent grad/young professional at that time, I knew that I didn’t have enough experience/perspective to offer effective career advice. The best I could offer was to try my best to listen and understand.
I also recognized that I have a passion for career and personal development. I want to help others. But, I need to improve myself first. I decided to use myself and my own work experience as a laboratory to research career issues.
In the past decade, I had worked in management consulting, e-commerce, supply chain software, and internet advertising. My employers included Fortune-500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, and non-profit. I also took two years off to get my MBA. I was laid off once. I had my shares of frustrations at office politics. I had dream of escaping Corporate America and striking on my own. I also became people manager for the first time in my career, successfully delivered several important projects, and moved up in my chosen profession. To put this way — I had plenty of successes and failures. One thing I can say for sure is that I’ve gained a lot of experiences and am now having a broader perspective on career issues.
I started this web site because I wanted to share with you what I learned from my own experience, and discuss with you the issues I don’t have an answer for. Let’s collaborate to make our careers more fulfilling, more profitable, and more fun!