Sunday, October 05, 2008

First week of classes

Now back to our regular programming ...

So I am taking 3 classes and, for the first time at the GSB, I really like all of my professors. Financial Instruments is with Nosal who is a sort of part-time (adjunct?) faculty who moonlights at the Fed in Chicago. So his teaching is a little less fluid than the old pros but he has a good sense of humor, knows his stuff and is just and all around pleasant fellow. Abbie Smith is lively, (tall!) and definitely knows her stuff (of course). And Weiss is great too. In a rare moment of sanity I dropped Fama's course (too much work for no new news), decided against a last minute add of Building the New Venture and managed to hold steadfast until bidding was done and over and I was stuck with a very humane fall schedule.

Ideally, I would take 4 classes this fall, 4 in the winter and then just have 2 for the spring when I will be busy trying to be super-mom but, given the current job climate (very, very bad), I decided to try to do lots of stock pitch preparation this fall. And in case I do get lucky enough to have some second rounds and such, I will need some slack in the schedule. But given the fact that I am hardly applying for any of the almost non-existent on-campus jobs, I do not expect the fall quarter to be fruitful on the job front. Unfortunately. Looks like I will be doing very pregnant or post-pregnant interviews which should give me some interesting stories to tell.

On the job front. Things are bad. Really bad. And honestly I think we are just at the beginning. Today I was moping around wishing I had never matriculated. And with Y unable to make money in Chicago - we are feeling very stressed in the MaybeMBA household. None of our options are pretty (poverty in Chicago vs. long distance marriage with toddler and wee one on the way). Plus I think I face a very serious possibility that I will be unable to secure a position in investment management. Primarily because so few people are hiring. And if that is true then coming to Chicago will have been a very big waste of time. And money. So perhaps this explains my curmudgeonly posts. I've been sort of wishing that the GSB had just dinged me. I know, likely foolish and premature statements ... well, hopefully so.

5 comments:

Trevor said...

Feel for you MaybeMBA....things will improve eventually, despite the current mess. Best wishes...

Mouli said...

Hi,

I was checking out the chicago admissions site and came across your blog. Really good and very interesting!

Thanks for that!

MaybeMBA said...

oh my! i'm on the admissions site? that's good to know ...

Anonymous said...

I could feel your pain.

I am a regular reader of your blog and applying to Chicago GSB for Fall 2009. I am expecting as well and would have a kid when I start. Your blog is very useful.

HappyBunny said...

Hi girl, hope you are holding on there. I think job market will start picking up, lots of buying opportunities right? :) I'm moving to Chicago in Dec., happily to offer free babysit service :P

all the best!