Job Hunting at MBA School

After experiencing Black Monday, I returned to the States for a MBA degree.  Then before graduating from the business school, the bubble in Japan was crashed.  This meant the ice age of job hunting.  However, I thanked heavens that I got out of the financial market well in advance.  In any event, I had to review the steps for the short-term goal of earning money for living.  The long term goal of “becoming my own boss” remained as is.  There were three options for me: 1) Go back to the financial market for high income in a short term, 2) Join manufacturing industry to contribute society by providing goods (risk of low income), 3) Join anything else that seems exciting (risk of unstable income).


Another option was the company that I worked for as a summer intern.  Comparing with an investment bank, of course, there were nice people there and, on top of anything, the industry was quite stable.  I started to wonder if I should go back to the financial market with fierce competitions.  However, I also wanted quick returns from the MBA program. 


It was quite hard to study and to search jobs at the same time even in the second year of the business school.  On the other hand, those Japanese students (many of them were male) who were sponsored by the companies they worked for were spending a nice and relaxing time during spring and summer holidays.  They just simply needed to get the degree and, after a few month of training at a branch office in the States, they simply go back to Japan and work as before.  As far as I know, the female students in any MBA schools then were self-sponsored. 


During the job-hunting period, I tried to talk to as many people from different industries as possible and flew to New York and Los Angeles and other places for an interview.  I was desperate to find a place to work.  


When it was only four months before the graduation, I received a call from Tokyo, the company that I worked for as a summer intern:  I got a job offer from them.  Soon after this, I also got a phone call from a branch office of a Japanese company in L.A..  Should I go back to Tokyo? Or stay in the States?  Should I work for a foreign capital company or for a Japanese company?


One of the professor who used to be Japanese but later got U.S. citizenship gave me an advice, saying, “Where and how do you think that you can use your strength at a working place?”  In his case, he mentioned that being raised as Japanese helped him a lot.  What about me?

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