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  • The importance of timing - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    weekend Small but a perfect illustration I was in an airport in another country I was about to make my way back to the US and was mistakenly given a middle seat even though I was assigned an isle But by the time I noticed there was little I could do given the organization of the airport at the time But we just so happened to make our way toward the gate a few hours early to make sure our flight was still on time Nobody was at the gate and the plane before ours was a bit delayed We were about to make our way back to the cafeteria to wait out our flight there since there weren t enough open seats for all of us at the gate All of a sudden a gate attendant speaks over the intercom Everyone that needs a seat change come by the gate so we can get your seats finalized The timing could not have been any better At that moment I was about two steps from the gate So I walked over and got in line just before watching about 40 other people do the same I told them about my mishap and not only do they stick me in a window seat but it just so happened to be next to one of the guys I had went on the trip with And they told me there were only 2 window seats left and that I was lucky to get one of them It reinfored the idea that sometimes timing can make all the difference Tuesday July 31st 2012 Careers TAGS Careers No comments yet Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C

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  • Build things in - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    at work so you opt not to go to the event because and you don t have to since you never bought the tickets And in some cases you have so many things on your mind that you just forget the outing that you hoped to remember to do the following week In retrospect sometimes you be much better off if you just scheduled the trip in advance Bought the ticket Committed to someone else that you d be there Not rely on the hope that you buy them later Because when things get busy or when you get down not only do you start to forget about events but sometimes you just skip them because you don t feel up to it I propose the idea that sometimes not always but sometimes it s better to build things in To buy a flight in advance Commit to someone you ll be there And mark it in your calendar now Because if you don t build it in now chances are you won t do it later Sunday July 29th 2012 Business School Careers TAGS Careers 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

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  • Now what? - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    what to do next In most cases that s easy with a little advanced planning That s why most people plan trips after a big exam Family vacations after your big project at work Places you ve always wanted to go if you decide to finally quit the job you ve always wanted to quit But what happens when the work is harder than you thought When time slips away Then you find yourself asking now what Advice from someone smart that has been there Enjoy your freedom It s not going to last Thursday July 26th 2012 Business School Careers TAGS Careers Law MBA 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

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  • MBA Internship Success - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    me take it from this great article I found on BusinessWeek com See the MBA advice they gave I did this morning and it looks pretty solid to me CLICK HERE for the BusinessWeek article See below for the first few lines Avoiding MBA Internship Blunders By now everyone living in the world of MBAs knows that the summer internship is really a two month interview to determine if the candidate fits in well at the company and merits a full time job offer If a student completes the internship without a acquiring new skills b developing a list of new contacts and professional relationships and mentors it was time wasted writes Vicki Lynn senior vice president for client talent strategy and employer branding at Universum USA The internship is an opportunity to grow and develop professionally add to skill sets and acquire mentors and references for the next opportunity But like any opportunity an internship can also be a potential minefield Mistakes that can sabotage any hope of a future with the employer are shockingly easy to make Here are seven of the biggest blunders MBA interns make and how to avoid them Mistake No 1 Partying Too Hard CLICK HERE to read the rest of the BusinessWeek article Tuesday June 26th 2012 Business School Careers TAGS Careers Intern MBA 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

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  • Our MBAs 25 Years From Now - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    most of the obvious questions any applicant would want to know including what contribution did a Harvard degree make toward a successful life how much money does an HBS graduate make 25 years after graduation and how much personal wealth can a Harvard MBA accumulate in a quarter of a century The answers are all here as well and they are eye opening MEDIAN NET INCOME 350 000 MEDIAN NET WORTH 6 MILLION For a group that has lived through three recessions including the worst since the Great Depression the Class of 1986 is doing pretty well thank you The median annual income of a 86er last year was 350 000 Slightly more than one in four class members reported annual income of 1 million or more while 8 of the class said they earned more than 5 million last year The median personal net worth for the class was a heady 6 million But that number only tells a small part of the story Some 19 of the class reported net worth between 20 million and 100 million About 4 of the class said their personal net worth exceeded 100 million As for other material toys Nearly one in eight 77 owned a second car Four in ten 42 owned a vacation home One in four 25 owned a boat One in ten 10 owned a full or fractional share of a private airplane What about the hard luck cases About 8 said their personal net worth was below 1 million with 3 in the under 400 000 bracket Some 5 said they were making 100 000 or less last year Asked if the post 2008 recession caused them to consciously economize or otherwise had a tangible impact on your lifestyle only 18 of the class said yes meaningfully Some 41 answered yes somewhat while the 40 said no 36 FOUNDED A COMPANY THAT EMPLOYED 25 OR MORE PEOPLE Very few members of the class are traveling on the rocky ground to paraphrase a recent Bruce Springsteen song About 36 of the class founded a company that eventually employed 25 or more people and an extraordinary 14 have been climbed into the C suite at a Fortune 1000 company with the title of chief executive chief financial officer or another C position How did their lives 25 years later match up with their expectations of what would happen When asked how similar or different has life been from what you expected only 17 said it was pretty much what they expected Some 24 said it was different 12 said extremely different and nearly one in ten 9 checked the box with the statement What the hell just happened the last 25 years The largest single group of the class 38 said life has been reasonably similar with a couple of curve balls PERSONAL LIFE HARDER THAN EXPECTED AT GRADUATION FOR ONE IN FOUR When asked if life had been harder or easier than expected only one in ten 10

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  • Leadership Lessons from the Chairman Of My Firm - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    develop leaders Just a few days before lunch I was speaking to one of the firm receptionists and she mentioned that Bob had been a great mentor to many of the attorneys at the firm At the time I was glad to hear it but she had also never worked directly with Bob so I solicited a few other opinions I went to lunch that day with two senior partners here at the firm and one of the them was the lead for partner recruiting at the firm He said the same thing about Bob that Bob has mentored me over the years at the firm and that s why I ve done so well today And for the last couple of weeks I heard similar comments from a few others Was it all just rhetoric I asked myself a few times After all balancing the tightrope walk of managing client development and people development has always been difficult at services firms But for Bob the answer is a resounding No Bob has already gone out of his way a few times now to bring me into meetings and teach me lessons about the world of law firms And after the meetings are over he ll always imparts a few lines to me He has also set me up with a couple of attorneys that he works with so I could learn more about the firm I was glad to see this was Bob s style In fact I recently wrote about this myself a few weeks back click here to see the post 4 To get to the top do something you like People who make it all the way to the top do because they are passionate about what they are doing something I talk constantly about here on my site click here for one of my favorite posts on passion Not only do they have good ideas but they actually have a real desire to go after them During lunch Bob told me that he s always loved practicing law and that he s never thought of leaving the firm He also mentioned how much he like the legal aspects of executive compensation financial institutions and securities work And even though it wasn t that hot of an area legally back then because Bob enjoyed it and thought there was opportunity he paved the way for Vedder Price by initiating work in those areas That passion is especially evident now given the fact that he s stayed with the firm and practice areas many years later despite the modern trend that many professionals have of hopping from firm to firm 5 Leaders are humble and kind And it goes without saying based on my story above that Bob was as humble as firm Chairmen come As I mentioned Bob knew everyone s name at the firm he made sure that I didn t get wet in the rain and he even made sure I got enough to

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  • Careers Question: Reach Out, Make Connectons, Find Mentors, Then Do It Again - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    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

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  • Reflections After My First Final Exam - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    your idea even if it s a really good one There are plenty of JDs from all the top schools that experience this They get good grades in school mediocre grades in good economies and then work at firms or organizations but never become the Managing Partner can t land a coveted GC role or break into new industries and can t garner the support to fund their entrepreneurial ideas Don t get me wrong The majority of these folks go on to lead highly successful lives by almost every possible account But for just for a minute I m talking about something a little more like taking part in the Senate s recent vote on health care i e that also what our Con Law exam was about leading the nation out of the current financial crisis becoming the first diverse president being the first woman elected to the supreme court helping negotiate the rescue of imprisoned journalists by North Korea or growing your high tech computer start up to become Silicon Valley s most profitable and respected company and then being named CEO of the decade Northwestern Law and Kellogg are both great schools and I suspect that most people here if not everyone will lead very successful careers But I m interested to see who will led by passion upon graduation or at least a couple of years after graduation This isn t to say they won t work at a firm or take a high paying job After all most students here have to pay back loans and really benefit from those jobs for a couple of years But it s only to say that they ll be ready to be decisive and make things happen when the time comes But for now time to channel my passion to do a little studying for my Property Law exam on Friday Good luck to everyone taking exams Tuesday April 27th 2010 Careers Law School Leadership 10 Comments to Reflections After My First Final Exam Paragon2Pieces April 27 2010 bravo jeremy and best of luck on the rest of your exams Jordy April 27 2010 That s some great insight It is so often the case that people get hung up on grades Sure the top performer in any top tier graduate class probably has an advantage since the job market is designed to find those people but what about the rest I agree with passion and as a current MBA student I ll toss another key to success in there as well and that is NETWORKING The old saying it s not what you know it s who you know isn t 100 correct but it certainly should not be ignored Networking is your access to the hidden job market and your access to the million opportunities you d have otherwise not known about Combine an efficient and sizable professional network with passion and you will do amazingly well for yourself Good luck Jordy Jeremy C Wilson

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