Corporate Workhorse or Corporate Whore?

I am quite disappointed that I won’t be going to China as planned. In fact, I don’t think I will be able to go to China at all. The purpose of going to China was to learn Mandarin and gain international experience. With Mandarin and such an experience, I would have a different advantage when applying for a 1st-tier business school.

I wanted to go to a 1st-tier business school to open up doors for me in international business. International business people, I believe, are the most-in-demand corporate workhorses of the future. Do I mind being a corporate workhorse? It doesn’t seem much different than being a corporate whore: you get paid top-dollar for having a huge obligation (“Oh, is that what they call them, now?”) ride on your back. However, a corporate workhorse is much less monotonous. An international corporate workhorse is even less so. And, I can change my employers should another one be more, shall I say, more palatable.

So, I’ve found a new path towards becoming an international businessperson: The Master’s International Program. I can get an MBA and international experience at the same time. The Monterey Institute of International Studies offers such an MBA, and works with the Peace Corps to provide the experience portion.

Since I would be getting my degree and experience simultaneously, the timeframe in which I will begin my career will be shortened by at least a couple of years. This is good since L sees marriage a lot closer in our future than I previously thought.

All in all, I suppose I should be more grateful. I mean, I could have left for China right after graduation and be back in the States by this time already. In that sense, I would have misplaced ten months of my precious time. As it is now, I can claim these past ten months rising up in the ranks at a prominent mortgage banking company.

I’ll be leaving work by 9pm tonight instead of the usual one-in-the-morning. I’m going to stop by B ‘n’ N to get a GMAT study guide. I need to get going with these change in goals.

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