Friday, September 08, 2006

Got The Offer!

At 10:30 this morning, the Director of my team called me to extend an offer of employment. But it didn't sound like I would be getting an offer when she first began to speak, since she was almost apologetic in tone. "I just wanted to thank you again for your work this summer. I know you worked really hard, but (long pause) everyone really liked you, and (long pause) well . . . I'm happy to extend you an offer of employment and hope that you'll join us next summer." During every long pause, I remained quiet, but in my head I kept thinking, "OMG, here it comes. The bad news." LOL. I talked to a campus recruiter about an hour later and he said, "Yeah, that's how they do it here." I love this company!

So I'm 95% sure that I'll take the offer, which will put me in New York for the next few years. The details on salary, signing bonus, etc., come through on Monday. I can't wait!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Back In The Hay-Hay

I returned to New Haven last Thursday. After a busy summer in the big city, it’s nice to be back in this quiet little town. The last week here was spent putting things in order and reconnecting with classmates.

Yesterday, the Class of 2007 met at the school for lunch, attended a panel discussion on careers, and ended the day with a reception that included the Class of 2008 and SOM faculty. It was a classy event, and I got to meet a lot of “o-eighters.” I like almost all of them, so far. (A few seem to think that they’re EXTRA-special, but I can’t imagine that lasting very long. The intensity of the first two months should effectively eliminate any delusions of superiority.) Of course, the best part of the night was spending time with my own class, hearing about their experiences over the summer and finding out who got offers and who plans on accepting.

About the offer: I won’t hear about an offer until tomorrow in the late afternoon or Friday morning. It’s so completely out of my control now that I’m not at all anxious about the outcome. But it would be nice to know, one way or the other.

Classes began today. I’m taking three marketing classes, a law class, and a class on negotiation. These are all classes that I wanted to take, though not necessarily this semester. A large number of classes this semester seemed to be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., which meant a lot of overlap. Since two of the classes that I wanted to take were only offered in the fall and during the aforementioned times, spring will be mostly finance courses, which will be a little rough. I guess I could just concentrate in marketing and forget about the additional concentration in finance. I need to think about this.

One thing that I’m definitely going to do: Enjoy this year. This is my last opportunity to live the life of a student. I had better take advantage of it.