Carol Ann Michel - Applying to get an MBA early in my career was critical - The Purposeful Pivot Project
I met Carol Ann as an intern right out of Notre Dame. Work was wild for us, pre-recession. She cut through the core of issues, took things one step ahead and left for her MBA two years after we met.
+What is one piece of advice a mentor told you that's stuck with you?
Go to MBA school as early as you can. As a women we tend to get busy with our careers and families later in life so a lot of women plan on getting there MBA but never end up doing it. This led me to applying to MBA school after two years of working and it was the best decision I made for both my career and myself. The advice was given by you so thank you :)
+ Name a time that you pivoted in your career?
Last year when I left M&T Bank in NYC and decided to join the wealth management company my mom started. It is a big shift when you join a family company. Being part of a fast growing company and working along side my mom and brother has been amazing. I have never worked harder in my life while also enjoying every minute of it.
+How did that pivot change your personal/'home life?
I am now living in Philadelphia and living with close college friend. This allows me to commute daily with my brother/co-worker we have great conversations about our dreams and aspirations for the company while in the car.
+What advice can you offer the next generation of working women just leaving college?
Never settle and find the job that you are passionate about doing each day!
+What's one word that describes your career up to this point——- Exciting