So here is the story. I decided to “dress up” as a nerd for Halloween. So I grabbed my pocket protector and put in on the outside of my square print blazer. I put on a stripped shirt and did a special knot on the tie that I saw on youtube and is based on a knot from The Matrix. I pulled my pants up a bit and hung some USB drives on my neck. I really thought I had it, until I show up at the party and someone came up to me and said: “So, did you have an interview today.” So I guess that you can’t call a costume stuff that you own and wear.
On a more intellectual costume was me pursuing an MBA in Marketing. The more I saw myself as a sales manager or marketing director the more I felt like a weirdo. But I knew that I liked the MBA program and I know that I could do something in marketing, but what. There must be something where I would feel at home. I had a few interviews in California for a market research position. The people that I would be working with I could totally relate. These people where professionals that loved data, math AND marketing.
The past 2 weeks I have re-re-invented my self, more like deconstructing than inventing. First, what is my passion? I knew that, my passion is information. I have a degree in computer science with an emphasis in data modeling. I have been working with data bases and information for the past 10 years. 4 of those years have been with pharmaceutical information and I really enjoy it. An MBA with an emphasis in market research is what I wanted.
So how to shape an MBA into a market research emphasis. I met with the department of statistics to see some core competencies. I also met with the department of Computer Science to do some Data Mining. I also met with the Marketing director for the MBA for him to signoff on the changes I wanted to do. In the end it wasn’t as hard, I have now shaped my MBA experience to something I really feel passionate about.
So in the end I continue to be all the NERD that I can be, even with a Marketing MBA.