“Mr. Buckland, I wish I had listened to you. Your career coaching advice was stellar and my life is now falling apart. Can you help me?”
Over a year ago I coached a new graduate of a top European executive MBA program at a leading business school. Like so many graduates I coach, my client was exhausted from working a full-time job as well as completing a challenging graduate curriculum. His new baby, young child, and patient spouse were ready to have him rejoin the family and settle into a more normal schedule, balancing only corporate demands and family life.
I had the feeling when I spoke to him last year that he was only consulting an eMBA Career Coach because his wife wanted him to explore all his options. A wise choice, but one he was making reluctantly. It was a fairly typical coaching session for an executive looking at a career change, until he said he wanted to join a top tier management consulting company. His friends, who had graduated several years ago with MBAs were enjoying working for such firms, and encouraged him to join them.
Despite the seemingly generous salaries, management consulting companies are never my recommendation for eMBA graduates; these are firms that hire young, single MBAs and have them working 100+ hours every week with constant international travel. This isn’t a job for someone with a spouse or children, but it can advance your career if you are inexperienced with a new MBA. While exciting when you’re first out of university, it’s not the right job for someone with 15 years of experience, an executive MBA, and the skills and experience to qualify for C-suite positions.
My client was resistant to my advice. I suggested he take time to reconnect with his family, get his personal branding and social media ready for an executive job search, start networking again, and take some time to evaluate where he wanted to steer his career long-term. After giving him many other options, he chose to go his own way, and took a positon with a management consulting firm, just as his friends had done after earning their MBAs.
He called this week, saying he needed another coaching session: He hates his job, hates working 100+ hours a week, and his wife had left with the children…tired of waiting after years of requesting more family time. The money that had seemed so attractive? At 100+ hours, he had figured his hourly wage at barely above minimum wage!
It’s not an exaggeration to say that a good eMBA Career Coach can save your lifestyle, and perhaps your marriage. They can certainly help you weigh your options, and create a career plan. No one else is going to manage your career, and you are the most qualified, motivated person to do it! If you’re interested in examining a career change after you earn your degree, or you just want to learn how to effectively manage your career the way you have learned to manage a business? Book a session with an experienced eMBA Career Coach and take control of your future.