Today, I’m starting a new section on MarocMama – The Biz. This might seem like a departure from what I usually post but in reality it’s a continuation of what I’ve done over the last three years and is an attempt to answer some of the most common questions I’m privately asked. I’m not going to write about business all the time but it is something I am passionate about and something I hope to inspire more of you to consider.
But, lets start from the beginning. My story isn’t conventional – well it started off that way but then life happened, and I had to improvise as I went along.
Where I am, and what I do today is not at all what I imagined when I began my undergraduate studies in International Politics fifteen years ago. Nor, is it what I had in mind when I first started an MBA in Project Management. But, I quickly discovered I loved business school! Even though I was working full time, had two kids at home, a husband, and was studying I enjoyed every minute. My experience wasn’t that of a traditional student. I didn’t have late night cram sessions with friends, I didn’t live in an apartment off campus. It was the education itself that I loved.
The one thing I missed the most was outside support.
I wish that I would have known about the opportunities that existed for women who wanted to work towards an MBA. For example, the Forte Foundation is an amazing resource. They’re a non-profit whose aim is to support and launch women into leadership roles within business fields. They offer support programs. networking opportunities, scholarships and more. Women are sorely lacking from leadership positions in business and studies have shown fewer women choose an MBA than fields like law and medicine.
This needs to change!
Today, more than ever we need to take control of our futures. I realized years ago that the “normal” career path wasn’t for me. Traditional jobs are slipping away and it’s up to us to make our own futures. It took me awhile to figure out what it was I did want but now couldn’t be happier. My path isn’t the right one for you but it’s not supposed to be! Through all my struggles I knew that finishing my education was something I felt very strongly about. The liberal arts education and I received and the later business education obtained through my MBA studies were an important part of becoming an entrepreneur. Today I am my own boss.
I never worked in a position that required an MBA, because I opted down the path of entrepreneurship instead but my education has been incredibly important to my success. Even if you’re at a stage of life, well past the traditional “college age” consider what an MBA could mean for your future, your career, and income earning potential! You could start right now. Forte has a few resources to get you on your way.
So do you want to be the Boss?
Visit http://fortedrivingforces.org/ to download 10 #Boss career tips and enter to win the #BossKit sweepstakes filled with items to help you succeed.
What’s in the #BossKit? How about 15,000 American Airlines miles, a $1000 JCrew Gift Card (hello snappy business wardrobe), a GMAT test voucher, and a few more awesome prizes? All you have to do is click the link and fill out the information to be registered.
So those of you who have asked me all about business, starting a business (including a blog) and more – keep watching, there will be more to come! In the meantime drop me your questions about leadership, starting your own business or taking a more active role in your career.
This post is made possible by support from the Forte Foundation. All opinions are my own.
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