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March 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

In the past few weeks I haven’t posted as frequently as before. I’d like to give you an update on what I have been doing.

I recently started to aggressively explore my next career move. I will explain why I started job search in a separate post. It takes tons of time to research companies and prepare for interviews. Plus, I still have a full time job to do and two little kids to take care. Suffice to say, my life has been hectic and crazy at times.

So, I haven’t been able to write as frequently as I want.  In fact, I have been feeling pretty stressed out lately and had a hard time to sit down and write. I put a lot of pressure on myself to find the right job. It’s not easy to balance my desire to find the right job and my responsibilities to support my family. However, I believe it’s one of the most worthwhile undertakings for me. I have learned a lot about myself in the past four weeks. Although the process is painful at times, it has been a tremendous opportunity for my own personal growth.

Let me tell you what I learned in a nutshell.

  • My past failures open doors for me. I worked at a couple of failed start-ups. But, the experiences were extremely valuable and relevant to a new start-up that cold-called me for an opening.
  • I put a lot of pressure on myself, which made myself miserable. I even developed shoulder and upper back pain as result of stress. It was an alarm that I took seriously. I need to relax and manage stress better. I’m exercising five times a week. It’s more important than anything else I’m doing.
  • This blog matters a lot to me. I realize that in the past one and half years, my happiest time were the time I spent on writing this blog, responding to your comments, and corresponding to friends I made via this blog. My ideal job is to make this blog a full job. I don’t mind to work eighty hours a week on this. I’m not there yet, but I’m determined to make it happen! 🙂
  • Headhunters are hit hard during current recession. I have worked with several 3rd-party headhunters in the past. I got three jobs via headhunters. But, this time around, none of my headhunter friends was able to provide me with any meaningful job lead. These are very experienced headhunters who survived the dot com bomb. It’s different this time around. Companies are simply recruiting in-house, and not using 3rd-party head hunters.
  • Warren Buffet said that being an investor made him a better businessman, and being a businessman made him a better investor. I have been reading and studying value investing related books and web sites. I cannot agree more with Buffet’s statement. I learned a lot about how to evaluate a company, which helped me prepare for interviews, and evaluate potential employers.
  • The psychology of being the sole bread earner in a family is complex. When I was single, I switched job several times and I never felt any stress. But, when you have a family to support, the psychology and decision process are very different. I’m learning to deal with fear.

I will expand on each of the above bullet points to write separate blog post. I think the writing will also help me to sort out my own thoughts.

Also, I would like to share with you a few things about this blog:

  • I have been working on a re-design of the blog’s look and feel. It’s almost done. I plan to launch it in the next week.
  • I’ve been working on a "Young American Professionals In China" mini series. I recently interviewed two American young professionals who received their MBAs at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University and who are working in Beijing. I might also have a guest post or two from young Americans who’re working in China. Stay tuned.
  • I’ve been working hard on an online service that related to GeekMBA360 blog. I guess you can call it in "stealth mode", but I plan to reveal it in the next few weeks.
  • "Real-time" play by play of my current job search. I’m not a professional career counselor, but I hope that my from the trenches experience will be helpful to others.


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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 liu_tony // Mar 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Hey GeekMBA360,

    I love reading your blog. As a Commerce undergrad on my way out, I am late to the blogging party. I have been majoring in Finance, however recently, through persuasion from friends and exposures to a few marketing conferences and competitions e.g. MIXX Toronto, I have been contemplating about switching from Finance to Marketing.

    Now at a P&G case competition, I have made a great impression with the director of sales, and he agreed on setting up a meeting to give me some career advice in his field. Is that a good sign? What should I expect? Could I have your opinion on a career in marketing and a job with P&G? Sorry for throwing you a bunch of questions right of the bat. I would love to hear your thoughts.


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