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Career Week, Confusion, Mi Cumpleaños, and Some Traveling

Posted on October 20th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Hola todos! Today I turned 26 years old and I figured it would be a nice gift for myself to set some time aside to finally make a new post! ‘Tis true, I really do enjoy posting, so here I go.

I can assure you I’ve been thinking about posting just about every day since my last post, however, finding time is quite another thing! But enough about that, lets move on to what is on most of my ESADE classmates’ minds – Career Week! I cannot say how many times I have heard various individuals make a complete 180 in the direction they want to head in their career, and I feel with Career Week starting Monday, there will only be even more of it to come.

Confusion is a pretty common feeling among my classmates, but I like to think it is a good type of confusion. We all want to make a good choice in our next career move and try to get into something that we are truly passionate about. Many people who pursue an MBA are doing so in order to make a career change. The problem often is, I don’t think any of us were prepared for the vast number of possibilities we would be confronted with! That said, I see the whole confusion thing as a good thing of sorts. I mean realistically, the “problem” is the amount of opportunity we are all being exposed to, so it can’t really be all that bad.

So, just what is the scope of opportunities we have been presented and who will be paying us all a visit during career week? Well, I must say even I was delightfully surprised to hear of all the companies who will be making an appearance: McKinsey & Co., Boston Consulting Group, Bain, Oliver Wyman, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Santander, Dell, Google, and of course, Citi, to name a few.

I am honestly excited to hear from as many of the companies who will be on campus as possible, but of particular interest to me are Citi and the rest of the banks, the consulting groups, and Google. I have really enjoyed reading up as much as possible and will hopefully have opportunities to have some discussions with as many recruiters as I can manage. I still have not made up my mind as far as exactly what it is that I want to be when I grow up, but I can assure you I have put much thought and discussion into it and will see what happens.

Besides career week, Blanca and I were able to pull off a nice trip to Valencia last weekend. We were blessed with great weather and our hotel experience at the Holiday Inn Valencia was nice until when it came time to check-out. We had booked our trip on Orbitz, as I always do, so our room was paid for in advance. Well, when I was given my bill upon check out they had charged me for two nights…it took nearly an additional hour to get internet access to re-print my Orbitz confirmation and show them I had been charged and I, as kindly as possible, explained this was a problem between Holiday Inn and Orbitz, not me, and we had a bus to catch and didn’t have time to straighten it out. Hopefully everything has been squared away by now, but it was quite stressful for the moment.

Besides this, we just did the tourist thing and rode the sightseeing bus around town and effectively saw a good bit of the town. I was also fairly satisfied with a lot of the pictures I took, which is rare cause I’m always picky, and perhaps I should just let the pictures speak for themselves and show you a little more about our trip.

Before the Valencia trip, Blanca and I also ventured up to Tibidabo, a cathedral that overlooks Barcelona and has spectacular views of the city. Again, I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

And with that, I think this concludes this post. The rest of this month through the end of term one is going to be exceptionally busy, as we have just begun all our new classes, including Spanish (finally!! Voy a aprender Español!), but as always, I’ll try to post again soon.

9 Responses to “Career Week, Confusion, Mi Cumpleaños, and Some Traveling”

  1. Curtis Says:

    Hey the Pictures were amazing! Love!

  2. Robbie Amaro Says:

    Matt,

    I am so glad to hear that you’ve limited your career opportunities to every bank and consulting firm in the world. If the banking and consulting gigs don’t cut it, you could always work at Primerica and make $500 million dollars.

    Robbie

  3. Matt Brattin Says:

    Robbie,

    It is true, these banking and consulting folks really know how to provoke interest. However, I have strategically opted not to disclose the specific companies (about four) who have truly smitten me at this point and which I am really gunning for.

    Additionally, I appreciate your advice, but I’ve actually been told you could make $700 million per year at Primerica, so if the going rate has dropped $200 million I’m not sure I’m still interested.

    Matt

  4. Kim Thanh Says:

    The pictures are very wonderful!!! I really like them.You are very good!!!

  5. Matt Brattin Says:

    Thank you Kim, I am glad you enjoyed them…I think I’ll make another post and include some of my newer pictures and hopefully you’ll enjoy those as well.

    Matt

  6. Beth Says:

    I’m the worst! I just realized that I totally suck as a friend because I forgot your birthday, not to mention that I have not been following on your blog…which I guess is obvious as if I had I would have wished you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY sooner!!!

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