One of the virtues of being an alum is that people start asking for your expert advice. This past weekend, I attended a business conference in Boston, where I met several ambitious young women who all want to land fancy jobs after college. They showered me with a barrage of inquiries: What interests should I include on my resume? What kind of suit should I wear to my banking interview? What about job sites, high school achievements, appropriate networking etiquette? Finance vs. consulting, pants vs. skirts, New York vs. not New York? And, my favorite question (if only for its implications that I’m somehow a career sensei): How do I become as wildly successful as you are?
Well, I’m here to say that it’s tough. Some people just aren’t born with my natural charm, superior intelligence, and strikingly good looks. But even if you’re awkward, stupid, and heinously ugly, you could still get struck by lightning. And in this metaphor, lightning equals getting a job.
Given that you’re all astute business students, here is a Porter’s Five Forces diagram to show how the job landscape.
So, good luck everyone. And if the job thing doesn’t work out, you can always turn to blogging (or, moving to India).