You worked hard to earn your MBA and land a prestigious job upon graduation. But after a couple of years in, you might be thinking, Is this all there is? If you’re unfulfilled because you’re not passionate about the day-to-day reality of your job—don’t worry, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot.
I’ve worked with many MBA alumni who faced this challenge. While going with the highest salary offer to relieve some of the financial pressures of their student loan debt made practical sense at first, a taste of financial freedom allows them explore positions better aligned with purpose and interests. Simply put, they focus less about the ROI of their MBAs, and more on finding engaging, yet still lucrative, work. Others focus on getting married and starting families; as their priorities changed, career tracks offering flexibility and work-life balance became more desirable.
If you’re a couple of years removed from business school and now at a career crossroads, here’s how to develop expert career management skills that will help you find a great next step.