20something profile: Nick
I started college as a fresh-faced 18 year old in the fall of 2003. I had a scholarship to a local private college, and I was ready to make my mark on the world. Unfortunately, my grand plans ultimately failed when I failed 3 classes and lost my scholarship. It took me a long time to get the motivation to go back to school, but when I did, I achieved much better results.
I started college for the second time in the spring of 2009. Initially I decided that I wanted to get a degree in Economics, but that didn’t last long. Next I switched my major to Finance, Computer Science, and finally Information Systems; along with my Information Systems degree, I specialized in Business Intelligence.
For those who don’t know, Information Systems is basically a combination of a Business degree and an Information Technology degree. It is a great degree for people that have broad interests in both business and technology. I added the Business Intelligence emphasis to give me a little more focus. During my last semester in the fall of 2012, I landed a job as a Business Intelligence Developer making reports for senior management of an online retailer.
In the future I would love to go to grad school to get an MBA. At this point, I’m thinking I will get an Operations concentration with my MBA. This will open up a few different avenues of future work for me: consulting and project management.
As a previously mentioned, I’m the type of person that has a broad range of interests. Being a consultant would allow me to experience many different industries and should prevent me from getting too bored with what I am doing. As a project manager I would have the role of working with lots of different people in different disciplines, so again that should prevent me from getting bored.
While I work on furthering my career, I also plan on getting into real estate investing. I already have one rental property that I rent out, but I would love to get more over the years. My goal with this is to accomplish an early retirement, maybe by the time I am 45 or 50. At that point, I would like to become a part-time college professor teaching Business or Business Intelligence.
Having just graduated in December, I feel pretty fortunate to already have a job. However, I don’t attribute it all to luck. I took a lot of time during my last semester to network, improve my résumé, participate in mock interviews, and participate in real interviews. There wasn’t a day during my final semester that I did not spend some time working on getting hired after graduation.
I realize that these are tough economic times, but I believe that there are plenty of jobs for new graduates that are willing to put in the work. This is the reason I started my blog, A Young Pro, to pass along some of the lessons that I learned during that last semester.
I believe that recent graduates have a lot to bring to the table. We may be lacking in experience, but we have fresh ideas and a lot of energy. I love 20somethings in 2013, and I’m confident that through shared experiences we can help each other out and become a force to be reckoned with in the workplace.