Starting All Over!?!?Subscribe
Gentlemen and Ladies,
Not really sure where to put this, since its not a job related, nor Business (MBA) school related question really. So I'll ask the people who know the industry better than I.
In short, I want to get into consulting. You may decide that my "story" is ridiculous and stupid, but I am truly searching for advice...
I am debating on starting all over; Academically speaking. In high school, i could have cared less about academia. I was in the 45th percentile in my HS class. I went to a large state school for undergrad and majored in a science (bio/chem). I partied alot, only did a handful of small internships because it was what everyone else did. I graduated in 4.5 years after changing majors from one science to another, and then finished with a GPA just shy of 3.0. Granted the gpa is low, but it wasnt all related to partying/girls and playtime.
I realized late my senior year, that yes, although i would graduate and all, i felt i truly learned nothing of value and that I truly didnt like my professional prospects related my certain hard science degree. So i packed my car, drove out west and got a masters at another large state school, partially on their dime. I decided to change it up and got an M.S. in Tourism/Recreational Business. The degree was fun, and was easy to me. I finished with a gpa between 3.8-3.9. It dawned on me that when Im studying something I enjoy, I focus a whole lot more.
So im my ripe old age of 24, I have a BS i wont use, and an MS im still not all that thrilled about. However, some of the Tourism/Rec Business classes spun my wheels and I spent alot of time with the business professors discussing further options for another MS potentially. They saw some potential and noticed the intensity to which I was drawn to business/consulting. But alas, that was my 2nd year of my Masters. The epiphany comes late again. So as of now, i have since moved back home, living with my folks like too many graduates my age.
I want better for myself. I see the error in my youthful ways but its hard to monetize that notion. I do enjoy learning (especially things I enjoy like business/stocks/finance and consulting work) and I have had serious conversations with loved ones/family friends about going BACK to get another undergrad, a B.BA. or a Bachelors in Econ/Finance at a target/semi target school.
I dont see my errors from my late teens as wasting an opportunity, as much as I didnt know any better. I was young, naive, and truly didnt understand what was infront of me.
I am lucky enough to be engaged to a wonderful woman who has makes a great living, and a family who understands my concerns with this issue. I do not want a DeVry MBA or a Pheonix Degree. I want a target schools Diploma, and a better life for myself. Im still young, and can finish in 3 years fulltime taking winter and summer courses. This puts me at 27-28 when im done...
Without mocking me... Am I crazy? Has anyone done this with success? I dont like the life im leading and my current level of education wont allow me into the consulting field. Sure I can get that 35-40k a year job, but Id rather become a cop than get just whatever job is available.
Im a smart kid. Ive pre-tested my GMAT between 650-670 right now... Im not an idiot.
How will consulting firms look at a kid like me when i have a BS, an MS, and working towards another Bachelors on my resume come internship time? Could I leave them out? Is that lying? I dont need to party anymore and can truly focus and get a good start on a good career before im 30...
I cannot see myself become John Doe. That being said, I dont want to become Warren Buffet either. But I want a respectible living, something I enjoy doing and something that challenges me.
So fire away; but please be atleast considerate to the fact that this is an honest and heartfelt issue... I need some advice. I can read all the Graham, P.Lynch and HBR books I want... but it cant erase poor decisions of a 17year old kid.