It’s amazing to think that it has been over four years since I graduated from Lehigh. I mean, I basically could have gone through Lehigh and graduated twice by now…that’s nuts!
Even though it feels like yesterday, I still look back to the perceptions I had of what life would be like post-college and realize how wrong (and occasionally right) I was.
With that in mind, I have put together a four-part series to share what life after Lehigh has been like and how my expectations have varied from my reality. I will dedicate one blog post for each part of the series, which will cover:
Expectation: I loved my corporate finance classes in school, so it went something like “I’m going to get a job in a corporate finance function at some company and build financial models and stuff…”
Reality: I got a job in the corporate finance function at an investment company and the financial models are already built and four years later I now work in a job that doesn’t, at its core, have much to do with finance at all.
Hm. Yea…so I suppose I wasn’t too far off.
To be fair and transparent, I had a couple internships in college and I was fortunate enough to have my job secured during my second semester senior year, so I wasn’t building my expectation blindly. Even so, it turns out the concepts I learned in my finance classes gave me a great baseline knowledge to prepare me for learning my company’s methodologies and responsibilities for my specific role, and that’s about it.
What’s even further from my original expectation? Here I am, four years later with the same firm, but working in a completely different division, as a data analyst (read: what finance degree?)
Of course, there are a number of people out there whose work does revolve around their college major, but my point is — choosing a major was more directional in nature and not as “permanent” a decision as my college-self originally thought.
At least Lehigh had the foresight to write on my diploma “Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics,” because I am still in the business world after all!
I’m curious how your career expectations have varied from your reality? Are you in a role/field related to your degree, or somewhere completely different?