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  • years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky or happiness for the few We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives any one of us at any time may face a job loss or a sudden illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security these things do not sap our initiative they strengthen us They do not make us a nation of takers they free us to take the risks that make this country great We the people still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves but to all posterity We will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult But America cannot resist this transition we must lead it We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries we must claim its promise That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure our forests and waterways our croplands and snowcapped peaks That is how we will preserve our planet commanded to our care by God That s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared We the people still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war Our brave men and women in uniform tempered by the flames of battle are unmatched in skill and courage Our citizens seared by the memory of those we have lost know too well the price that is paid for liberty The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends and we must carry those lessons into this time as well We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully not because we are naïve about the dangers we face but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation We will support democracy from Asia to Africa from the Americas to the Middle East because our interests

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  • school teacher in the inner city if you don t know the issues your student faces at home you ll never be able to understand them find common ground with them and eventually capture their imagination during class As a lawyer if you represent your own agenda even if it is for justice without understand the pressures they feel you will never be on the same page As the phrase goes if you force them to fight and you lose you ll go home devastated but your client may not have a home to go to And as a leader you won t even be remotely as good as you could be if you can t imagine life through my eyes Understand what inspires me and how I view the world When we extend our hand it usually means we have the time or resources to help We give quick advice We give a small donation And then we re on our way But when we extend our heart we do it because we understand what it s like to be them We put ourselves in their shoes for just a second It takes more time and it s a lot more risky It s a whole lot easier to extend your hand to someone But it s a lot harder to extend our hearts That s why there are not many TRULY GREAT lawyers marketers and leaders Just a thought Tuesday January 22nd 2013 Careers Leadership No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination

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  • score as well Do you think the odds of getting into a JD MBA program are greater than getting into an MBA program at H S W Would you happen to have the stats on what of applicants to JD MBA program at H S W are admitted Thanks Anita In short 1 Consider the other great JD MBA programs 2 Don t get caught up on stats 3 Focus on your story 4 CLICK HERE for recent admissions advice Good luck Monday January 28th 2013 Admissions AskJeremy Business School Law School No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at Winston Strawn 365 Days of Yoga What I learned And why I kept going Exactly one year ago Seth Godin And working on a project that mattered Video Grace during transitions

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  • Ask Jeremy: What are the odds of getting in? - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    a JD MBA program are greater than getting into an MBA program at H S W Would you happen to have the stats on what of applicants to JD MBA program at H S W are admitted Thanks Anita In short 1 Consider the other great JD MBA programs 2 Don t get caught up on stats 3 Focus on your story 4 CLICK HERE for recent admissions advice Good luck Monday January 28th 2013 Admissions AskJeremy Business School Law School No comments yet Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at Winston Strawn 365 Days of Yoga What I learned And why I kept going Exactly one year ago Seth Godin And working

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    know if you have any specific questions about any of the programs Best Jeremy Kiran Menon March 14 2013 Hello Jeremy Thank you for taking your time and noticing my message I m an aspirant of JD MBA and I have narrowed down certain colleges which are considered among the best in what it caters to JD aspirants I m 28 years old and I m a full time trader Money Manager in Capital markets and I m still on my path in order to save some amount that would satisfy the 200 000 average expenses that is required typically to study for JD It is not easy for someone to save even upto half of the aforementioned amount as I m based in India and when a weaker currency is denominated into US Dollars a lot of sacrifices have to be made However this is not my main concern My main concern is would the school even consider my work experience as a Trader registered money manager such as myself as a pre requisite and considering I have already put in 7 years of my life into it will it serve to my advantage while applying to these colleges Secondly I could get an oppurtunity in US to work but that would again be for a Trader however I would be simultaneously looking to get an under Grad Degree in Mathematics in order to strengthen my chances to get into these schools but it would result into waiting some more years before JD happens will age matter while applying for these course By the way I m a CFA Level 3 candidate and I want to take up mathematics so that it would be relatively easier for me to even later on apply for courses in mathematical finance econometrics

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  • Archive March | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    worth of hard work feels for naught But I m writing to facilitate discussion about the issue share a few thoughts and also share a few resources I ve come across And while inspiring words in emotional times can often empower us to leap tall buildings in a single bound in this case most people who ve contacted me were in search of something more practical Some advice to help them unpack the unsettling moment Or perhaps help making a decision for the future In one example a friend only got into a safety school but also don t have bright prospects at work so they aren t sure what to decide In a second example where a highly accomplished friend did not get into the two schools he applied to In a third example I m planning to chat with someone tomorrow afternoon This applicant was placed on a waitlist and recently sent me a note to enlist my ideas My general piece of advice is don t let the situation get you down Admissions can seem like a black box and many decisions may not make sense to the applicant as decisions are made holistically and are relative to the rest of the applications and profiles in the class all things you can t see So in many cases you can t point to a single part of the application that kept you out And waitlist wise it s an even bigger toss up Perhaps it s as simple as too many people from your employer or industry applied Conversely I personally tend to empathize with those with black marks on their resumes That scenario can be a tough not only because it s hard to overcome but also because it s ambiguous to navigate along the way Best of luck if you re in this situation No matter where you fit below I ve pointed out a couple of web posts that I found interesting Some are more practical Others less practical And all of them a subtle reminder to do your best to bounce back maintain focus and figure out what s next The first four are blog posts from HBR and the last is a longer article from WSJ 1 Learning To Deal With Rejection Last fall I read a blog post from leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith about dealing with rejection In one part Goldsmith said I rarely encounter self confidence problems in my work with CEOs and potential CEOs It is almost impossible to make it to the top level in a multi billion dollar corporation if you do not believe in yourself On the other hand he also talks about up and coming leaders like students and says I am frequently asked to speak at business schools about the topic and I have noticed that students in my seminars often want to talk about it Marshall goes on to give pretty good advice about not being perfect and taking the next steps Click here 2 Bouncing Back From Career Setbacks A year earlier Goldsmith wrote a similar post as the economy just began to hit take a few hits He mentions that Bill Gates relishes the lessons of failure so much that he purposefully hires people who have failed and also talks about how to avoid dwelling on situations Click here 3 There s Value In Not Winning More recently I read a blog post from HBS leadership expert Rosabeth Moss Kanter Here she discusses the idea of having big winning streaks and the value of finally not winning Her article revolves around Toyota but it s an inspiring piece that discusses motivation and humility after failure Click here 4 Find A New Way To Get There Just one week after Kanter wrote a different post about making change in hard times She says A wise mentor once explained his strategy for getting things done when faced with an impregnable organizational fortress He likened it to a medieval castle that doesn t want you inside and doesn t want change Though she compares the castle to a career I thought about the castle like business school as I read The moral of her story is to take action and to think about alternative plans Click here 5 Success Can Follow College Rejection And last but not least is a more typical article Written in the Wall Street Journal this article points out how common it is to be disappointed with school decisions And that anyone who gets a rejection letter is in pretty good company joining the ranks of Nobel laureates billionaires philanthropists presidents and other business law and political leaders As you might suspect the article highlights Warren Buffet s rejection form HBS and how that changed his life for the better Click here Whether or not you like the articles above their main takeaway is good That rejection whether from a school or another part of your life isn t uncommon and sometimes it s not even your fault So the best idea is to use times of rejection as opportunities to learn And for a small number these opportunities can even become defining moments which teach you about yourself and help you to assess your strengths and weaknesses as a leader That s because the best leaders not only do well in good times but they also thrive in hard times Whether titans of industry or super leaders in the community they learn to cope with disappointment and become comfortable with failure understanding that you can win at everything and that it s important to learn from experience And over time they develop the ability not only to navigate challenging experiences but also the ability to leverage those experiences to gain motivation and expertise to accomplish more than they could have ever done before Best of luck everyone in making your next decisions Wednesday March 24th 2010 Admissions Business School Leadership 2 Comments Scheduling Extra Time To Change Activities Have you ever had the experience of scrambling into a meeting only to find that you could have been a real contributor if you only had five minutes to prepare Or even worse that with a few more minutes of prep time that you could have cut your meeting time in half or maybe even finished the project I ve had both experiences and I suspect you probably have too Interestingly enough one of those experiences was last week just before heading out to a meeting in Chicago It was 5 00pm last Wednesday I was studying with my friend Will when I realized I had 2 5 hours until my 7 30pm dinner I knew I had to leave the classroom by 7 00pm to make it But after an interesting couple of hours chatting blogging and and finalizing a M A project for class time flew by and somehow it was 7 00pm But I thought to myself since I m usually pretty good at getting around quickly I d be fine So I kept working 7 00pm 7 05pm 7 10pm boy was I being productive I had just put up a post on my website saved a new version of my paper and sent off a few important emails I was getting a lot done Well everything but one thing making sure I was ready for my next appointment Oh no I thought as I jumped out of my seat It was 7 12pm and I hadn t even figured out what I d do with my things By now it was too late take them home But I told myself I ll catch up by a few minutes if I take my stuff downstairs instead But that wasn t the case either I still had to pack up figure out how to stuff all my stuff into my locker and make decisions about what to keep with me Before I knew it it was 7 25pm and I hadn t even left yet Fortunately luck was on my side that night And right before scrambling out the door I checked my email on my G1 and turned out my counter part sent a note telling me that he was going to be a couple of minutes behind Phew I took a sigh of relief I was saved So I sent a reply email mentioned I was on my way but that I d come late as well and so I scrambled to finish packing my things and began walking over But once again time flew by faster than I thought It was already 7 35pm so instead of taking a nice relaxing down Michigan Avenue I had to jump in a cab and pay 5 for less than a miles ride As short as the drive was there was still a bit more to my journey We hit a few lights on Michigan Avenue got stuck in a traffic jam for a minute or two and the driver was one of the slowest I d ever seen Fortunately this was just a friendly dinner so it wasn t really a big deal So instead of getting unnerved instead I took the time to come up with a few cool topics for dinner and I appreciated the time to get some AC because I had rushing around for the past twenty minutes And perhaps more importantly it was there in the cab that I had the epiphany that I m writing about now That transition time is very important and that making more time to do that often pays off And in the end I found two things interesting One despite the fact that my friend was arriving late he still beat me to dinner Second another five or ten minutes would have been critical in making it on time or at least given me time to do some thinking and brainstorming But instead I pushed the limits back in the classroom Here s my point I think that this story here is pretty common for a lot of us especially for those who lead hectic lives in business school and law school In business school student calendars are jam packed booked with events meetings classes and recruiting sessions among other things In law school there is so much work to do that each minute becomes more and more precious So in hopes to be efficient and get everything done many of us work until the last possible second before hurrying over to the next appointment leaving too little time to prepare for the next session But for many of us allocating more transition time would probably be helpful At work it gives us time to come up with more questions think about the bigger picture identify issues that need addressed and formulate our plans which ultimately will be better for our careers At least that s been my experience And socially it gives us time to come up with better conversation topics think about ways to have a better time and keeps us from showing up late or in a frantic hurry to avoid being late In on recent example last week I had a phone chat with the partner of a law firm in D C Although my day was pretty busy overall I blocked out a bit of time to do research and write a few notes before the talk It was a good call My decision resulted in a really enjoyable conversation making a good impression on the partner and a quick chat that ended up going for more than an hour And in the end blocking out time can end up being really rewarding Going forward leaders in the new age will face more complex challenges and more diverse issues than ever before As the world becomes more global and technology increases the pace of business it s important that we still take time to not stay caught up in the hustle but to reflect on what s ahead remembering that preparation is sometimes critical to our success That s because the best leaders are asked not only to show up and be a participant at meetings but they re also called to step up and deliver results during meetings Leaders can t always depend on an ability to catch up quickly to get things done Instead the best leaders are able to understand the issues and come up with a framework ahead of time And in the end they ll be able to collaborate more effectively and inspire others along the way Sunday March 21st 2010 Law School Leadership 1 Comment Re I finally got the call The number of students taking non profit and public sector jobs in law school usually inflates in a recessed economy Many 1Ls this year both here at Northwestern and across the United States are likely going to do that this summer In my view sounds like a golden opportunity In fact I was interesting in doing the same especially as I have future interests in public service However just recently I got an opportunity that was too good to pass up And as many of you know from my post here last Friday that I finally got the call about a week ago The call came from Vedder Price a great law firm based here in Chicago I had just interviewed with them nearly a week before the call came through so I knew either a call or an email was eventually on its way But before that I had been in close contact with the firm since early first semester not only in hopes to stay on the firm s radar but also to ensure that there was a really good fit I called students and alumni who had worked at the firm I spoke with the people at my career office to get a feel for their unique experiences I researched various practices spoke extensively with one or two of the attorneys and thought about ways I could add value to the firm Everything I uncovered reinforced that the firm was a good fit In general I found that the firm to have an entrepreneurial environment and highly collaborative approach to projects I also found it to be strong in a number of the practice areas I m interested in including executive compensation and employment which for me is well aligned with longer term human capital interests In fact the firm is one of the premier executive compensation firms anywhere by the way have you seen the 2010 Dodd Bill on executive pay introduced just yesterday Finally one of the best things is that the summer associate offer is part of a cool scholarship fellowship program supporting diversity in the legal field which is a critical issue that I support And in the end the idea of fit and the eventual prospects of making an impact seemed best there Far too often in my experience people assume that all organizations are basically just the same especially law firms Others often think that getting hired by a firm speaks for itself That the task of analyzing fit and making the right employment decision is for recruiters or attorneys to figure out After all firms also want to pick the best fit for the organization right Conceptually sure But in my experience that s not always how things turn out So I personally think there s value in looking for fit uncovering shared values and finding common links and interests Because in the end you want to be in a place where you ll enjoy your time and where you ll do well But there s just one catch To do that effectively requires a bit of reflection You first have to think about your own skills and interests think deeply about your values and ideals and then you have to come up with a compelling message for the interview process At least that s what I tried to do Effective or not I m just glad things worked out and I look forward to joining Vedder Price this summer Click here to learn about the Diversity Scholarship Good luck to everyone still in the job search process Wednesday March 17th 2010 Careers Diversity 10 Comments Employers Night At Northwestern Students are competing for fewer openings at law firms this year than any class ever before More surprising is the fact that even the top students have begun to express uncertainty about finding a job With law students more concerned than ever about landing a that coveted associate position students should make sure to mix it up with employers more often and create a strong presence with firms And they should especially be sure to attend all the local networking events At least this is what I was told by a senior partner working at a major law firm here in Chicago When possible most firms would prefer to hire someone that s not only smart but also a good fit for the firm and who really wants to be there But more often than not firms end up choosing students using grades and journals because that s all most firms have in front of them That s because students often don t spend enough time getting to know firms and don t always take advantage of opportunities for networking In fact I find this dichotomy with business schools to be quite interesting though by no means surprising About two weeks ago I attended a similar event right here on campus at Northwestern Law It was our annual employers reception The event was set up to be a meet n greet Each employer had its own table and students were free to walk around and talk to as many employers as they could in the 2 2 5 hours at the event There was food and drinks for everyone which helped incent more students

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  • Archive May | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    even respect their time But from experience I know that great mentors definitely do exist And because I was lucky enough to find a SUPER mentor in my very first job I wanted to share a few words here on my site that I also shared with a friend a current MLT fellow seeking out a little advice on networking See below for that person s question and below that for my response I ll note that I only included selected parts of the conversation as some of the information might have revealed too much about their identity and as other parts were less relevant to the content of the message I ll also note that this post turned out to be longer than expected EMAIL QUESTION Hey Jeremy Skipped part of question 1 I m glad you enjoyed Leading Matters And I applaud your participation in the middle of your exams you are a rockstar It sounds like your Chicago event was really engaging deleted part of message 2 You are awesome for thinking about MLT in your blog Myself and my fellow b school prospectives are juggling a few things that you might find relevant to write about Actual list of things deleted The biggest thing on my agenda right now is networking I am nervous about cold calling people in my industry i e social investing But I know that I have to get over that initial fright if I want to get anything out of this I actually just got back from dinner with someone who a Kellogg alum put me in touch with I also wonder how do I extend those relationships beyond just a one time informational interview How do I stay in contact without being bothersome Should I make myself helpful to them Good luck with the rest of your finals Name MY RESPONSE TO QUESTION Hey Name Good to hear from you and thanks for your message This is a really good set of questions and now is the perfect time for you to start thinking about them as you go through the MLT process and start to think about new career options most of which are challenging to break into But the good news is that once you get used to reaching out and become more skilled at it it actually becomes a lot of fun especially for outgoing and high potential professionals like yourself Here are a few of my initial thoughts As I said above I was lucky enough to find a phenomenal professional mentor early in my professional career I concede though that most people don t have that experience And for reference when I say I found a mentor I don t take that word lightly In my case mentor means someone that I valued highly enough 1 to turn down a job that paid 20 25 more in salary right out of school and 2 to subsequently turn down a chance to work at a bulge bracket bank to work him at a mid sized consulting firm that didn t carry half the level of prestige as the bank only carried a percentage of the salary and had me move across the entire US as a result That s because in my view these types of strong relationships are critical to your career success my general motto is it s better to learn in your 20s and earn in your 30s But most people still don t invest the time and they would never consider the idea of foregoing resources to find these strong relationships In today s age where internet is king Google searching tends to be most people s first option And others look for answers in self help business books on weekends rely on opinions of friends and family and give too much credibility to formalized mentoring programs at work Sure these sources can all be useful but they re certainly not perfect At my old firms I often saw how people were given buddy roles and mentor titles without an ability to perform in the role Similarly I ve seen how many people rely on friends and family members because they tend to give a lot of positive reinforcement which is not always what you need But people still tend to default here That s because but finding real connections let alone mentors is hard For some people it takes months even years to find someone who understands you and cares for you and your goals And so going through the networking process you asked about tends to be the best way to do that That means continually engaging with new people getting and giving new information and over time connecting with others Unfortunately this kind of reaching is no easy feat and there s a lot of grunt work involved It takes a lot of thoughtfulness as you write emails make calls and navigate your way to finding new connections Similarly you have to know more about your target industries and have a better sense of who you are as you go out to meet with these people so you re sure not to waste their time And as a result of that it takes time energy and perseverance But so do all relationships right Staying in close touch with friends and family during 1L was almost impossibly hard for every single person I knew Similarly working toward any dating relationship often takes a lot of time and effort In my opinion there s not much difference Nonetheless the grunt work involved in networking tends to keep people from really engaging in the reaching out process I do realize though that everyone is different and that one person s propensity to reach out people may be different than mine or than yours So in some respects you have to do what you re comfortable with so you can be effective when you do meet new people On the other hand I d also strongly recommend pushing yourself out of your comfort zone just a bit and reaching out more than you might otherwise get in touch with especially now as you seek information on business school and careers After all if you don t get comfortable with it now you ll be forced to on the first day of business school a year from now not to mention for years to come afterward Now I ll respond more practically to a few of the things you mentioned First my opinion is that there s absolutely no need to have any initial fright because there s a pretty large many people who would be willing help someone in your shoes Most people that you d be reaching out to tend to be proud of their institutions school and employers And even if they re not they tend to be proud of the advice they can offer Similarly a lot of people are looking for ways to give back to their communities and to those who may want to follow in their footsteps I mean consider the reverse What if someone came up to you and said hey name I d love to be just like you someday and I want to go to name University and work at name Company Personally I d be really flattered and I think a lot of people would feel similarly And as a result some of them might really take the time to give the information you re looking for And if you re thankful keep the modes of communication open update them on your progress and then be sure to reciprocate when you can then you ve got potential to make a real connection And here s my pitch that in the end the process becomes something that s not even networking Instead it s seeking out new ways of connecting forging strong relationships and becoming mutually beneficial And personally I always strive to be more beneficial when I can Next to directly respond to your last question about how to stay relevant That s a tough one because no two people or circumstances are the same Because of that my first thought is to focus on the relationship not on using fancy tactics Because when you forge those strong relationships you don t have to worry about staying relevant That s why you always get back to your best friends and to family members when they get in touch with you Because those relationships tend to be strong But from a tactical perspective here a couple of things that may help None of them are rocket science In fact you could have come up with all of them on your own Also none of them are they my original ideas Instead they tend to be things that lots of people do and also things I tend to do when I remember 1 Try Different Methods You might try using different methods to connect with people such as email phone in person LinkedIn etc In my experience relying on a single source can be less effective in some circumstances especially if your new contact decided to avoid using that source for a short period of time 2 Return the Favor If you have managed to somehow stay on a person s radar then you might help return the favor by sharing information to them on relevant topics In these cases I tend to default mostly to things that are HIGHLY relevant sometimes sending news connecting them with people in their industries giving referrals or passing along hello messages from mutual connections But you should be careful of overdoing it and be sure that you re not forcing your way in I tend to only do this in very authentic ways because otherwise it ll likely feel too forced 3 Don t Replace Face To Face I also think face to face encounters tend to be more effective when you re in the establishing stage For example grabbing drinks coffee lunch or meeting up at the office all tend to work pretty well depending on what you re chatting about Not only is it a more intimate environment that allows you to discuss real issues and be more open and vulnerable but it s also more of a mutual investment of time which naturally tends to create a bond 4 Get Out To More Events Sometimes the best way to bump into someone and to actually get the face to face encounters you need is to go to different types of events where people are out and about Not only networking themed events but also cultural academic and volunteer events where you ll tend to find people who you have things in common with In the end though making real strong relationships is the goal not finding tactics to stay in touch Often times for me I just try to feel it out since in most cases no two relationships are the same and because time is so limited But fortunately there are a lot of smart and successful professional seeking the same thing you are So once you make a connection it should be pretty easy to build those relationship If only dating were this easy too right Thanks for writing And good luck Tags Careers MLT Networking Tuesday May 25th 2010 Careers Networking 2 Comments Thinking Small One Big Key To Success By almost any account you can t call my schedule balanced Most of it s self imposed I admit waking up at 5am every day not heading to sleep until the wee hours of the night and getting involved in a large variety of different activities both at the law school and outside of the law school not to mention at business school despite not stepping foot on campus as a student yet But recently after the insanely difficult 1L finals period of law school I ve found myself less effective at balancing my unbalanced schedule and recently it s a lot more difficult to get things done Nowadays it feels like it takes a herculean effort to manage my Gmail list write newsletters for my organizations makes trips to Kellogg from the city to attend meetings manage my website network with employers maintain connections with my close friends and family and keep an eye on my longer term goals And I haven t even begun working yet which will be a significant time commitment What I m learning is that when you have so much to do it takes a different type of focus and you have to have to learn how to actually finish things which in law school is not something we practice In law school your final grade in a class is the result of your cumulative work from the entire semester You read legal cases meet in study teams go to office hours and outline over the course of a four month semester all of which comes to an end in a three hour final exam So you re always building toward a final product And so in that environment you work to build stamina learn to focus on things for hours and hours at a time become adept at cutting through information and learn to work in a way that is cumulative On the other hand it s not always the best setting for those who need to manage chaotic and overbooked schedules For many people this means that you have to be more aware being sure to finish uncompleted tasks understanding how much time to allocate to competing priorities crossing things off your to do lists and then moving on to the next ones This is especially important for people like me who always default to focusing on the bigger picture have a high number of seemingly disconnected interests and overbook their schedules with zeal and optimism of changing the world often leaving lots of work to finish during the midnight hours and limited time to finish it The good news for me though is that my jam packed schedule isn t for lack of focus and most of my activities are part of organizations and activities that I want to be part of not only for career or networking opportunities but also for the skill building and because I want to have impact n those arenas Also because some activities are similar there are some economies of scale which I can take advantage of So I don t mind burning the midnight oil in most cases because I ve got a few very specific things I m doing and very specific goals in mind In my view the more specific you are about what you want to do the more likely it is that you ll accomplish it Sure part of that is establishing relationships with people and with organizations both of which I love doing On the other hand though it is also about achieving results and getting things done And striking that balance when you have a lot of things on your plate and a lot of things at stake is hard So for me I ve recently learned that to be successful sometimes you have to think small quickly move from the macro to the micro level have a laser like focus on the results and cross as many things off your list as possible Because modern leaders know that in an age of increased global complexity and too much information that identifying your priorities and consistently achieving results is vital And those who can both identify where and how thinking small to do that will be better poised to lead people teams and organizations in the future Monday May 24th 2010 Careers Leadership 3 Comments Working On A Presentation for Latino Legacy Weekend Have you ever seen a presentation where the audience didn t pay very close attention or where they pulled out their Blackberries instead of listening I have and I suspect you have too That s because delivering good presentations can be tough They often lack direction don t evoke emotion and don t truly connect to the audience Well just the other day I found out that I have the challenge to do all those things at an upcoming conference next week here in Chicago Just days ago I chatted with the organizer of the inaugural Latino Legacy Weekend Seminar The seminar is hosted by my good friend former congressional candidate and current US Department of Treasury team member Emanuel Pleitez Emanuel is a great guy and like a lot of the folks I know he s definitely making things happen and keeping me on my toes to try to do the same The event will host students and leaders from all backgrounds and professions law business finance policy arts and bring them together to think about their passions ideals and biggest concerns The Weekend s driving question is What legacy will we leave It s an opportunity to step outside of our fields and pause our lives to challenge one another to think big And in my view this event will not only be a good opportunity to talk about this question but also to share critical information and personal stories with each other Discuss our passions goals and dreams and connections And then stay connected so we can help each other as we re in pursuit I haven t finished my presentation yet but I ve decided that I ll be presenting on Labor Economics and the state of the labor force in the Latino community There s a lot of good stuff out there But more importantly as I continue to say here on my website I believe that the labor force is the big issue of our time I think the key to giving a good presentation will be engaging the audience And compelling them with interesting information Fortunately my topic lends itself well to that But I plan to spend the next week or so figuring out how to be effective In a recent article I read that the human body is capable of experiencing over 5 000 emotions But in the course a single work week most people only experience a dozen of them To me means there s a lot of opportunity to evoke emotions that people tend not to have because they spend so much time on work family and other day to day things Emotions like fears vulnerabilities concerns and motivations And that s what the current economy has done to a lot of people Made them fear being of out work Become vulnerable to admit and discuss their fears and perceived failures Feel concern for friends and family who struggle with those fears And then find motivation to overcome their circumstances So there s a lot to work with and I hope I ll be able to come up with something good Overall it should be an interesting event The variety of presentations should be interesting the rewards of the conference should be manyfold and it will be a great way to meet a lot of new people As always stay tuned to hear how things turn out PS I ll also note that not only do I have this conference next weekend but I also have another professional conference in New York City in early June As such I ve decided to dedicate a my posts over the next two weeks to the conferences Before the conferences I ll discuss networking tactics and preparation for speaking to attendees and employers And afterward I ll do my best to journal the nuances of the events I hope that you ll check back to read A lot of people have been writing in recently with networking questions So I look forward to posting over the next few weeks Saturday May 22nd 2010 Careers Labor Economics Networking 3 Comments Careers Question Is It Too Soon To Start Networking As a current MBA student I ve read a number of management and leadership books In one example Sun Tzu s The Art of War the Master Sun says that every battle is won before it is ever fought Well if that s true then perhaps JDs and MBAs need to think more about that today The economic crisis has made markets more competitive and as a result made it almost impossible to land a top job And so the person who starts early and orchestrates the whens wheres whos and hows of the battle before it is ever fought will have a better chance at ultimate success And in my view that it not only true in on campus recruiting but also includes internal promotions and moving companies after graduation I recently received a question from a reader who was thinking about just that We ve traded a few emails in the past and this questions happens to be a follow up to a previous conversation He s a recent graduate from college and he has been working in the finance industry for a little under two years As a smart guy with a few years of experience he s hoping do some networking and move his way into a new job role that s more competitive and perhaps a bit more higher level The dilemma though is that he just moved into a new job due to restructuring at his old company and wants to know not only if it s too early to start networking but also if he can network with the intent to get a job as soon as possible I responded with a few words which I ve shared below As always I ll also note that the real answer is it depends and that my answer only scratches the surface because networking is a big topic and a topic that I have a lot of ideas on On the other hand there are a few rules that I live by and follow deeply when I talk about networking so I thought I d share some of those broad ideas Hopefully this post will be helpful THE READER S QUESTION Dear Jeremy Since I asked my last question I did end up taking the position and as I anticipated I am a little unhappy with it specifically the level and intensity of work I have also started to network with alumni from my university I have a question though now that the economy is getting better companies are hiring left and right at least compared to 2009 and I think that this is the perfect time to try to network into a junior level position in trading investment management etc Do you still think that it would be wise for me to show that I want these types of jobs when I m networking as opposed to coming off as somewhat passive about it People have told me that it s best to cultivate these networks over months or even years until you want to strike But I feel that the time is now with the influx of hiring and I don t want to miss out on any opportunities because I wasn t being aggressive enough What do you think Thanks Name MY RESPONSE TO THE READER S QUESTION Hi Name Thanks so much for reaching back out And I m sorry it s taken me a few days to reply Ironically I ve just as busy if not busier after school has ended so have been doing the best I can not only to stay up with my schedule now but also catch up on some of the things I put to the side while I was in the battle of final exams But I m almost back above water now and suspect that in a week or so I ll be just as caught up as ever And the good news is that 1L is done In regards to your question a couple of things come to mind As always though most of this depends on context and the answer is probably best articulated orally because in that mode I could give the full context of what I m thinking without have a post that s too long But I ll do my best to lay out a few ideas here for now 1 Sincerity My first rule of networking is that sincerity is king By that I mean that sincere connections are always the best connections no matter how fast you make them and urgent you might need help For me they are the only type of connections I make And the good news is that if can manage that part of connecting with others than the timing may not make a difference in the end On the other hand the more urgent you need the help the more likely it is that you may come off as desperate and less sincere And if that s the case I suspect that those characteristics will probably be evident to those you re speaking to And so if it is the case that you have greater urgency than I d say that be transparent about it Because that way you re still being sincere and you can still build a relationship based on trust and honesty and as a result maximize its impact 2 Find the right people To that end it might also make sense to ensure that you connect with the most appropriate people up front in order to maximize your chance to get sincere connections Because your questions will be related to the things they know best and your interests will be highly correlated with their passions I ve read a few books by Keith Ferrazzi he and I share a uniquely similar background in almost every respect and one of the main things he emphasizes is that to really connect with people you have to find a way to become part of the things that are most interesting to them or most important And relating back to point number one I personally would be careful not to manufacture that process Because in the end sincere connections those built on trust and on honesty are the ones that will last but conversely those manufactured for personal gain often don t And this may be especially important when you re networking with the right crowd because that crowd may be in your target industry and it s best not to hurt those relationships in the long run 3 Channel your aggression To points one and two there s nothing at all wrong with being aggressive Being aggressive in your career journey is important In fact critical Being aggressive at a conference or at a networking session is also important After all almost everyone who s made it to the top has been aggressive at some point In the end though you have to balance being aggressive in your career search which includes networking along with being respectful showing class showing respect for other people s time and having a real genuine interest not only in the careers you seek but also in the people you meet speak to and who take the time out of their day to help you Because in the end many of them are busy and are being generous by helping so you don t want to simply take up their time without showing patience and appreciation So from that angle I don t necessarily like the words passive or aggressive when it comes to networking I similarly don t like the word strike I understand you used it as more a symbol than reality but thought I d bring up here On the other hand to be aggressive in your actual search or in your pursuit of knowledge and uncovering of information is the right approach And this way your personality instead of an aggressive person who is self serving will truly shine through 4 Always in context In context you have to figure out this balance of timing and aggression depending on your needs And that includes the need to find a new challenge professionally or the your need to get an opportunity while they are abundant Similarly economics are always an important factor in our decision making and in today s complex ever changing society making moves often hinges on doing things at the right time sometimes you have to strike while the iron is hot And in the right context I think quick networking can be okay though not ideal If you do go this way just be sure to maximize your time by doing a few basic things Be sure to have your resume and cover letter ready You should also be ready to present yourself to these networking events and most importantly have your story down stone cold And be ready to convince anyone that you have not only the experience but also the skills that a company seeks And trust me that s easier said than done if you want to be effective 5 Wrap Up In sum I agree with much of what you ve heard before That it s best to cultivate relationships over time which takes months even years That way you can build them on a foundation of trust both of you realize the benefit of the relationship and according to the Master Sun both of you will win the battle before you ever step foot on the battle field On the other hand context can t be ignored and if context is that you have a sense of urgency in getting a new job because of the economy that the market is good as it may ever be and that you have a real shot at landing a role then it may make sense to consider transitioning If you decide to go that direction then from the 30 000 foot view just be sure of three things 1 Understand the implications that too many job changes can have on you as a early career professional 2 Be sure you are up front about your motives and desires to find a new job 3 Be sure to respect those you re networking with by demonstrate that you did your research about them and their industry don t want to waste their time and also to be genuinely interested in connecting with them perhaps making a real effort to return the help if you can Because in the end the best networkers aren t those who can walk into a room meet everyone pass out their business cards and walk out with a job Instead the best networkers are those who are connectors And not only do they connect themselves with lots of people and enhance their own professional prospects but they also bring everyone else together and connect them together And when they effectively do that they facilitate the flow of information and usually benefit as a result I hope this helps Good luck PS If you don t know my reference to The Art of War then watch the Investment Banking movie Wall Street 1987 with Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas Thursday May 20th 2010 Careers Leadership Networking 2 Comments Good Article College Majors of Top CEOs For many people choosing a college major is one of the most feared parts of undergrad Some students fear the prospects of enraging their parents Others fear sacrificing their future job prospects and salary potential upon graduation And another group they fear losing the one chance to do something they love Conventional wisdom says that students who major in finance and economics are best positioned to land top paying jobs out of school and as a result students have long flocked to these majors On the other hand one of my readers sent me an article yesterday that suggests that if you want to become CEO or any top position in your target industry you may not want to rush into choosing a major In fact you may even want to study something different His email was a response to my recent post about the the Path to become CEO As a follow up to my post yesterday where I wrote a post that responded to a careers question about college major one of my readers sent along a great article about the college majors of CEOs The premise of the article is that there are a number of top CEOs that did not study business in undergrad Instead these business leaders and entrepreneurial tycoons took more unconventional academics paths They studied philosophy medicine psychology medieval studies and English The article also suggests that philosophy might just give them the exact skill set they needed in order to lead at these big companies The article is titled Accidental Moguls College Majors of Top CEOs and I put a short blurb on the article below You can also click here to read the article now Thanks everyone for continuing to read my website And a special thanks to those of you who send in positive and useful feedback such as recommendations for posts Please keep reading And be well TITLE Accidental Moguls College Majors of Top CEOs AUTHOR Business Week Bloomberg Lavelle Louis BLURB See below for article blurb Not every corporate chieftain studies business in college Many of them major in history psychology or even philosophy It may be one reason why they succeed In this the graduation season the thoughts of college students naturally turn to the four years behind them the lifetime ahead of them and the connections between the two For business students especially those with the biggest of corporate ambitions this is a particularly introspective time Role models seem to be everywhere whether it s the rags to riches story the brilliant entrepreneur or the middle manager turned MBA turned corporate leader It will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that a lot of big company chief executive officers studied business in college After all click here to continue Tags Careers Finance Tuesday May 18th 2010 Careers 2 Comments AskJeremy Careers Question Undergraduate Major and Path To CEO Becoming CEO of a top company is no easy feat Most of them tout bachelors degrees and MBAs from world class schools are on the board of multiple Fortune 500 and non profit organizations are over networked both in and outside their industries and have long lists of professional credentials and positions that would make just almost anyone envious That s because to get to the top in today s global hyper competitive world it s almost a prerequisite for executives to be on that path early to gain significant training and exposure experience at high performing corporations strong mentor relationships and also a quality business education not only in terms of management but also in the realm of finance And in a recent message from a reader I received a question about just that I recently received a question from an undergraduate student who is currently thinking about what to study as he goes into his junior year of college I responded with a few words which I ve shared below But I ll also note that my answer only scratches the surface as this question is complicated Not only as there are an infinite number of factors that change over the course of a twenty year career but also because interests and career paths change too not to mention ongoing changes in the economy To that end it s impossible to talk about all of them in a single post Hopefully this response will be a good starting point THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE Dear Jeremy First of all I love your blog It s very well written It s informative And it really is relevant Please continue posting especially responses to reader questions So

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  • This is especially true for new hires and more specifically for college graduates That said I think your concern i justified as on average you probably won t win too many resume competitions in your quest for a management consulting role That s because at many of those firms grades are king and school names connections and previous experience are like keys to the treasure chest of employment But for this firm you may still have a chance I ve laid out a small framework of things you might consider as you think about it 1 Assess Fit First since this firm is a boutique the firm might interview you in one of two ways One on hand it may be highly selective as a small firm and so those who gain employment may have to fit very strict criteria and that may be grades cultural fit connections geography specific expertise energy or a combination of those and maybe other factors On the other hand the firm may really need help and they may be looking now or may not have a lot of applicants and so it might prioritize someone who wants to come in and work hard and choose the applicant who has the most passion to work in the industry I ve navigated this process multiple times and in my experience it can be hard to predict Though I ll note that many of the most successful boutiques were indeed pretty selective For you having already talked to a consultant you re in the drivers seat and have the best view of what s actually true If the latter then you may want to follow through and submit your resume After all if he really liked you he may push for your into the second round On the other hand if you re having doubts and don t feel comfortable submitting now then you also have the option of rescinding As a smaller company they may understand though you also run the risk of coming off as indecisive which may not help in your quest to land a role at that company Before doing that though you should do a bit more analysis 2 Look For Other Strengths First you should consider your profile as a whole Although you don t have an engineering or other traditional consulting degree any quantitative classes professional exams certifications or even regular business classes might help you to stand out So you should be sure to highlight them And if not you might consider taking a few either now or post graduation It often helps to have these because sometimes perception is more important that reality especially for the purposes of finding a job As such many places will value your perceived understanding interpreted through your tangible qualifications and they ll value that more than your actual understanding That s why things like major and grades become important during interviews And that s part of what hinders the pure meritocracy argument

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