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[B-schools] 【Pre-MBA Learnings】Lis' letter to James [复制链接]

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发表于 2014-5-24 19:38:19 |显示全部楼层
[size=13.63636302947998px]Dear James,

随着5月6月班的开课,你最近一定很忙吧=)

给你写邮件是想分享一下最近的收获。

如果说由bebeyond伴随着的申请过程给了我一个重新审视自己的契机,那么从BBY毕业以后的我才开始了成长。

记得当时你问我读MBA的理由是什么,我说是为了能够向父母证明自己,是想要改变生活环境,是想要留在美国。可是,经过了这两个月我发现自己变得贪心了很多。也许在这个社会上被他人的眼光束缚得太久,长久地活在别人对自己的期望中使我距离勇敢很远,无法真诚的去听从自己的内心认可自己,而我渐渐发现,这点无论是对于自我成长还是个人的幸福感来说都尤其重要。而当我获得MBA的录取通知,摆脱了这些束缚,当心中没有其他的顾虑,能真正想到什么就去做什么时候,我发现原来认定的那些观念原来如此狭窄。(第一次真正理解了jinbo曾经分享的那个斯坦福申请人的故事)

很遗憾,回首过去的二十多年,从来没有像此刻一样prioritize自己真正想要做的事情,总是被动的把别人的想法当成自己的想法,总是想方设法去完成别人对自己的期待,正是因为如此,才变得看不清自己所拥有的财富。记得去年一起吃饭,我们每个人说"what matters you the most",我的答案是“归属感”——现在想来,曾经的自己总会不断去寻找一个可以容纳和包容自己所有弱点的集体,环境,或是另一个人来逃避面对目标的缺失和对自我的不自信。

而当我走出了这一步,当我走完了整个申请流程,当我实现了自己想也未曾想过的这个结果,我才真正开始思考下面这些问题:我想做的是什么?我可以利用MBA这个平台实现什么?我2年以后想过怎样的生活?

我忘了之前是谁说的一句话特别正确,当你不知道答案的时候,那就行动吧。

于是我去找了实习;于是我加入了Newsition,做网站建设,参与公司内部战略规划,管理和组织建设的讨论;于是和君君一起参加了design thiking的workshop;于是参与JumpStart去完成他们的virtual coach课程做作业改简历;并利用剩下的时间看书上课。。。我从来不知道在两个月的时间内原来自己可以那么高效地完成那么多的事情,其中还包括I20,签证,机票,住宿。

在整个过程中,首先,自己的工作效率大大提高了,因为没有空闲的时间去做无效的思考。当24个小时的时间被划分为7个小时的睡眠,3小时的社交,5小时的学习,6小时工作,3小时的吃饭和commute的时候,面对长长的待办事项的list,我能够想到的是,如果自己是一个investor,如何合理投资自己的时间才能够实现我想要实现的目标。再者,在Newsition里,我是我们整个team里面最年长的member,我发现了一群比我年轻,有才华的人都在如此认真负责勇敢的行走,甚至当teambuilding大家high到半夜三四点后,仍然会在第二天8点一早爬起来上课,不知不觉地就被这样的一群人正向影响了。“你看,比我年轻和聪明的人都在那么努力!”  第三,我学会了如何工作的同时学习和思考。在Nielsen我用一天的时间完成了同事两天半才能完成的工作;主动reach out IT部门解决了同事认为无所谓没有必要解决的系统问题从而提高了效率,在每一个项目上了解实际情况,参与分析可行性的时候;去北京主动约另一个其实和我没有工作关系的同事见面吃饭,认识office里其他不同的人——当我不把工作看成工作而把每一个经历看成一个学习机会来参与的时候,我对marketing,business,entrepreneur,internet产生了如此浓厚的兴趣,而正是这种兴趣驱动着我去认真思考,投入,执行和反思。


而我现在真正感到遗憾的是,互联网的发展使我们有了那么多的资源,coursera也好,quora也好,微信平台也好,有那么多值得一读的文章,我却总也挤不出更多的时间去完成所有的学习计划(笑)。

经历了这些变化和成长,如果再一次问我毕业后的打算,留不留美已经不重要了。我有那么好的平台,可以遇见和我同样对商业对市场有passion的人,可以从中获得学校的资源和support,去学习自己想学习的知识,让这些知识在实际工作中得以应用,不再被动的去认为作为一个中国人可以够得到什么样的工作,而是如果自己真正想做consulting,如何才能用利用好手头的资源去实现目标。这样的目标让我觉得现在的没一天都过得非常的充实。是的,尽全力去实现一个目标的过程让我觉得很充实,在这个过程中,目标是否真的能够实现反而变得不那么重要了,重要的是,如何做好现在手上的每一件事。

最后,我想要分享最近的另一个收获。


还记得当时李君刚回国的时候我们办了一次分享会讨论怎么和美国人network,你当时问了一个问题——作为一个中国学生,怎么能够在不让人家感到功利的情况下让别人帮助你?怎样才能够更好的和美国学生network?

我reach out了很多学姐学长,MBA的学生大都很忙,很少有人愿意花时间,在邮件中拉进彼此的距离,所以当学校给了我邮件,给我安排了一个二年级的mentor的时候我花了一个小时认真去构思自己应该如何给他发送第一封邮件。出乎我意料的是这封邮件立刻得到了他的回应,并且洋洋洒洒非常认真地回复了我。

我才意识到,原来我们在networking的时候要做到三件事,1. Be sincere  2. Be funny  3. Then tell the real requirement, directly
而Nielsen VP当日对我说的那一句话我也铭记在心:做你自己,你便总是能吸引到值得你花时间network和投资的伙伴。

真心感谢James,Jinbo和Bebeyond!

Lis

【附上学长和我的邮件】

Hey Lis!

Pleasure to meet you. Glad to hear you are excited to join our Notre Dame family. I am excited to meet you when we return to campus this Fall, and of course I look forward to getting to know you over the summer as I help you to prepare for living in South Bend and the MBA life. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I have found that even the simplest of questions often lead to the best information.

I'm sure you are wondering a little bit about me. I am originally from California near San Francisco. I went Purdue University for my undergraduate degree where studied Business Management and minored in Marketing and Economics. Now, I am entering my 2nd year of the 2-year MBA program at ND where I am concentrating on Marketing and Business Analytics.

I'm glad everything worked out with your visa application, but what an experience! Those USC folks... haha. As you have found out, football is a pretty big event at ND and USC is one of our rivals. I believe as part of the orientation program you will be given a brief overview of ND football to get more acquainted with our history. However, I think the best way to learn is by attending the games. As students we are guaranteed to get season tickets if we want them, so no need to worry about missing out. You will receive more information about how to purchase them when you arrive on campus, but season tickers are about $250. Also, part of the experience is the pregame traditions, the biggest of which is tailgating. Our student activities committee hosts a tailgate just for the MBA students at each home game. If you would like to know more about these events I would be happy to share with you.

I welcome the opportunity to be your ambassador to American culture. If you have any questions about what a certain phrase means, or if I say something you are unfamiliar with please stop me and ask, I am more than willing to help you out. Hopefully you can teach me more about the Chinese culture as well! I actually had the opportunity to visit China a couple months ago through the MBA program. I enjoyed Shanghai very much! I think I ate at Yang's Dumplings every day I was there.

I'm excited to learn more about your experiences from this summer. It sounds like you are certainly off to a good start with your career development prep. I'm also excited to hear about your interest in marketing, I am actually the President of the MBA Marketing Club at Notre Dame. In regard to preparing for the job hunt, I think the best thing you can do over the summer is really explore your desired field of interest. You will have plenty of help with cover letters and resumes once you get to campus, but really figuring out what you want to do that takes awhile. However, there is no need to worry. Do you have access to insideND yet? If so, visit the 'Career Services' tab and explore the resources available. Particularly, the "Wetfeet" and "CareerInsider by Vault" guides are good resources to explore certain fields or jobs. I also suggest visiting the websites of companies you have an interest in working for to review the job descriptions to see if it really what you want to do. I found that the most helpful when I arrived. I originally wanted to do consulting too, but ended up discovering that marketing was more inline with what I wanted in a job. I think that's a pretty good start, but if you would like more ideas I would be happy to share.

Again, it was a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to getting to know you more. I am happy to share my experiences with you and learning more about our common interests and experiences. I am an open book, so anything you want to know about me, Notre Dame, South Bend, the U.S., MBA life, etc. please do not hesitate to ask. There is lots more I can share, but I didn't want to overload you with too much information in one email. Also, if I forgot to answer any of your questions, please let me know.

Congratulations on becoming a Notre Dame MBA and go Irish!

Cheers!
-Steven



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Hi Steven,

I am Lingyun from Shanghai, you can also call me Lis.

It's really nice that ND built up this "ecosystem"! Thank you very much for becoming my mentor and I am more than excited to join Notre Dame big family!

First of all, I wanna share with you an interesting story that happened to me during my VISA interview.

When I was asked the question of "what university are you going" I said "University of Notre Dame! Go Irish!", with a happy face. However, my interviewer answered "It's a great school, but... I am actually graduated from South California." I had no idea at that time what that means but sensed the atmosphere become a little bit intense.  So I gave back a smile and replied "I know about USC Marshall, that's a very good school, too." It was not until I finished the interview that I learned USC is our greatest rival in football!  Luckily my kind interviewer is not too loyal to his team to give pressure on my application. (Well, I have my VISA in hand now with everything prepared!)

It is really a great thing that I am enrolled in ND where I will be closest to the American football culture. Having hosted two American expatriates for one year as host-family in Shanghai, I am really looking forward to the transformation of my life-style to a real diversified environment in the States. Therefore, it is very fortunate to have you as my mentor to learn and adopt the american culture!  I am interested in the topics you talking about in your daily conversation so that I will no longer be the "LITTLE FOOL" when facing such situation.  

Secondly, Like many other first-year students, I want to well prepare for intern opportunities for the first year.  Having passion in marketing & branding strategy and business management, I strongly desire to do consulting.  

Though I didn't get a chance to enter a consulting firm to do my pre-MBA intern-- I'm now taking internship to do project management in the Nielsen company and leading the online marketing events in China for the Newsition company, a start-up founded in Dallas two years ago, and at the meantime, I'm taking courses from coursera and IDEO about marketing, global trends and design thinking,  the more I am involved in those projects, the more desire I have to explore un-known fields and grow my capabilities rapidly.

So, as a second-year students, can you shed some light on your experience in job-hunting? What should I prioritize in the coming 2 months? What resources the school have to prepare her students?  

Last but not least, I can see some common work field we have from your Linkedin page, I will be honored if we can have some discussion later about our business.

Have a great day!

Lis Zhang






祝福每一个BBYer都能梦想成真!

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发表于 2014-5-25 17:42:37 |显示全部楼层
谢谢Lis的真诚分享。说句实话,在看到这封邮件的时候,我觉得很惭愧。我还是比较停在狭小的圈子里过重复的生活,我还是浪费了太多的时间和精力。就像今天BeBeyond ONE_MBA与咨询中提到的人的成本就是时间和钱,关键看你把时间和钱投资在哪里。更有效地利用时间,更大胆地走出去,去吸收和学习。

对于Networking,很喜欢今天Tina说的,不是networking,是交朋友。
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