A little over 6 weeks ago I became a Starbucks employee. I am going through their RMT (Retail Management Training) program and I am loving every minute of it. So far, I have completed Barista, Shift Supervisor, and Assistant Manager training.
My manager and I devised a schedule that would allow me to work on the floor with the partners majority of the time. She encouraged me to ask questions, talk with the partners about their experiences with the company and customers. What do they love, is there anything they think we could improve on, etc. I was able to create an environment that encouraged open conversation and welcomed suggestions between my fellow partners and myself.
The ability to converse openly with one another is crucial to a productive, and positive environment. This style of management and education is one that I will bring with me wherever I go, and encourage others to do. We learn so much from one another and are able to improve everyday operations by talking openly.
Six weeks later
Six week later, I was launched as an Assistant Manger and placed in a new store. This week was my first week and it has been a “hit the ground with your feet running” time. I love it. Every day I enter the store I know that today I am going to learn something new, work with people who are truly amazing and love what I do. The key here my friends is passion.
When customers ask me what I plan to do with my life, or when do I finish school? I respond with a huge smile saying this is what I want to do, and that I will be pursing a graduate degree in a few years with the help of my company.
Love what you do
I wanted to work for an amazing company who has a passion for it’s partners, customers and the communities that surround it, and I have been fortunate enough to find one. When I look into the future I see myself still working for Starbucks. I may not still be an assistant manager but I know that this is my career and my passion. Why on earth would I let it go?
Have you ever heard of this book? My boss suggested I read it, he read it over 20 years ago as well as my father.
During our amazing meeting he said the best way to learn about yourself is to do a self exploration. This book helped him figure out what exactly he wanted and lead him to the job he has now. He told me to read the book, take it seriously, and figure out what exactly I want to do. Then take what I learn and apply it to my current job.
He told me that I need to love what I do, so figure it out and then do it. Of course he meant figure it out and then apply it to what I do now. By applying it to my current job I will find a drive that is natural and not forced. The drive that everyone hopes to find when they begin their career. Few end up finding it and settle.
Do I really want to settle for something because it is comfortable and let my fear overcome by ambitions?
No. So don’t settle.
Last night I attended the Forté Foundation graduate school information session in NYC. It was the biggest eye opener/stress reliever. It has helped me realize that I don’t need to rush and apply for Fall 2013, I only have 1.5 years experience and still have a lot to learn. I am at the very beginning stage of this process, the test. Yes this stage is very important but it is only a small piece to a larger puzzle.
This information session went over the application process step by step and gave you not only information from a students perspective but the admission council’s as well. I have so much to get done and doing it in such a short amount of time really puts pressure on myself and will affect practically everything. This process is not a race, it is something that you take your time with. The university or universities you apply to should fit your standards and you theirs. Do you really want to invest six figures in a program that leaves you still unsure with what you want to do next?
If you can do that then please donate to my fund too, I won’t mind.
“Kelsey Wants to Go to Graduate School” (not a real fund lol)
Right now I need to:
- Have a few more years of experience 3+
- Promotions- you need one or two to show that you are reliable, and an asset to the company
- Application essays- have an answer for each essay
- Have a plan- where do I see myself after graduate school, what exactly do I want to do?
- Be able to answer the question- why now? Why this school? Why an mba?
- Then you have recommendation letters- the more the merrier. But the one thing to note is that these recommendations should only be from peers that have worked directly with you, and Supervisors’ current and past. Admission staff dis-regard recommendations from friends, family, teachers etc.
- Extra curricular activities…do you have any?
- Have you taken any classes since college?
These are only a few things that matter, a few things that help make this process possible.
My GMAT test is September 22nd, should I postpone this test until October? I have not even taken a practice exam and the test is in a few weeks…..the test is $250. Can I afford to take this test and then re-take it? That is $500, a big, huge portion of my paycheck.
Now that I know my plan is going to take a little bit longer is it wrong to postpone the test? Ugh, what should I do????
September 22nd, 2012 at 8:00 a.m I will be taking the GMATs. Many people take the GMATs, thousands actually. But the idea of taking them is very intimidating! I have come to the realization that this test and preparing for graduate school is extremely time consuming, more so than college. Yes, I know it’s just a test, but this test is the first stepping-stone to my future.
I have been using the Manhattan GMAT (http://www.manhattangmat.com) prep books; I believe there are eleven. Books 1-5 or 1-6 are all math. I have one left and not looking forward to it. I think I may skip it and focus on the reading and writing section, one thing I know is you cant focus all your time on one subject. We all have our challenges, mine is math. No matter how much I review, and take practice problems I will always struggle. That is one thing I figured out at a very young age.
Math +Kelsey = slow torture.
Tomorrow (Tuesday September 4, 2012) I am attending a graduate school session hosted by Forté Foundation (http://www.fortefoundation.org) in NYC. This is my first information session and I am beyond excited with a hint of nervousness. The first hour is registration and a school fair, the second is Alumnae panel and the third is an admissions panel. So much information in just 3 hours! I’ll make sure I post about it next time.