Was One Of My Reasons For Attending Grad School Slightly Irrational?

In 2000, I decided to take the plunge and attend grad school.  Specifically, I was going for my Masters in Business Administration, or MBA.   My college degree was in Economics and Management, so I had a good business background.  I was a professional in the IT industry and wanted to get a better handle on the business side of things, because I quickly saw that IT was filled either with techies who didn’t understand business or businesspeople who had no idea about how IT worked.  I figured having the knowledge of both would give me a leg up.

And it’s served me well.

That was my main motivation for attending.  Other reasons are as you might expect;

  • Standing out – I figured that all things equal, if I had a Masters and someone else didn’t, it would help me in my career.
  • Money – I wanted access to better opportunities and promotions that I hoped would come from an MBA
  • Education – I’ve always enjoyed learning and wanted to learn more.

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When Getting A 20% Raise Kind Of Sucks

Just to start things right, I haven’t gotten a 20% raise recently.  The one and only time, and the focus of this story, was in 1999 I think.

But the lesson learned is still applicable today.

My first job out of college was working in a call center.  I started at a pretty low salary, but the company I was working for had a great reputation in the IT industry, and many an IT professional used them as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

After a couple of years there, I was itching for more and ready to be one of those ‘stepping stone’ stories.  I would have stayed there, but they stopped my training path and they declined my request for anything more than a 3% raise.  So it was time to jump.

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