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Professionally, I spent my first 4 years out of school with Accenture implementing HR/Payroll systems. Subsequently, I went to work at Tyco International in Boca Raton, FL and am now a Business Development Project Manager. Personally, I am married and have 2 children aged 5 and 2. Pursuing an MBA at a prestigious university has been a goal of mine since I graduated from Babson College. IE Business School in Madrid has given me an opportunity to realize my goals while at the same time maintaining, more or less, both my career and my personal life.

Adam Derk
February 8, 2011
Life Does Not Stop

As Atul referenced in his last blog post, last week was our transition week between Strategy / Cost Accounting to Quantitative Methods/Economic Environment and Country Analysis.  Monday – Thursday was spent answering forum questions, writing my Strategy paper, and finishing my last Cost Acctg quiz… Deep Breath… Then Friday it was time to prepare for the Video Conferences for the new classes, followed by a nice weekend with the Group trying to prepare our first assignments due on Monday.  Overall not too bad 😉

On the flip side in that constant pursuit of Work / MBA / Life balance, my daughter learned to ride her bike, my son developed a strong affinity to Spiderman, and my wife and I joined a gym.  Life doesn’t stop just because you are doing an MBA… I still find it pretty awesome that the GMBA program provides this degree of flexibility, while still providing best in class education.

Adam Derk
January 29, 2011
Initial Thoughts

As my introductory blog post, I just wanted to say Thank You to all the previous IE Bloggers.  One year ago, I set my New Year’s Resolution to pursue my MBA.  At the time, I probably didn’t really believe I would accomplish it as it felt like such a large, and sometimes unattainable, goal.  I also started building up these imaginary reasons why I wouldn’t be able to do it… I had a full time job, I have two small kids (5 & 2), I provide the only income for the family, and the list continued. 

This time however, I felt something was different… I felt this was my chance to actually make this goal a reality.  I started off small by checking out some GMAT Test books from the local library, and then just kept chipping away… Before I knew it, I was researching schools and was even brave enough to schedule my GMAT exam.  Long story short, a series of baby steps slowly began to move me into right direction. 

When I started looking at schools, I remember pouring through this very blog trying to get a feel for what it was really like to be a student at IE.  Looking back, I think it was a pretty fair representation 😉  I truly hope that I too will be able to offer some reflection and possibly encouragement that may help someone else out there who may be on the fence about pursuing their MBA at IE.  My experiences at IE have been nothing short of extraordinary, and while I have one year remaining I am excited about what is to come.

I will sign-off of my introductory post now… I have a Strategy PPT due in 8 hours and a Chapter on Cost Accounting that I have yet to read.

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