What Price Career Myopia?

by Alan N. Schoonmaker, Ph.D

For graduating MBAs, their first job holds promise of challenging responsibilities and, hopefully, attractive rewards for deft application of their management talents. But job No. 1 is only the “kick off.” For the excitement to last, the graduates’ focus should reach well beyond their first position. Career planning is not an exercise to postpone.

VIRTUALLY all of your MBA training has been designed to help you do your job well and increase your value to an organization. You have been taught the basic principles of marketing, finance, corporate planning, communication, and supervision. Judging by the high demand for MBA’s, most of you can successfully apply these principles.

This article deals with a very different topic, one which was largely overlooked in graduate school—how to get the most out of your career, how to control and get what you want from it. It is concerned with the rewards you get from an organization—not the contributions you make to it.


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