Our '18J classmate Paula Schabel, talks about finding clarity in confusion, dealing with gender stereotypes and her dream dinner with a famous German swimmer. Enjoy!
I am a filmmaker-entrepreneur with a little more than 10 years of working experience in various creative and management roles in the industry. In the past five years, I have been producing television dramas and movies through my production company and have recently received two nominations as screenwriter for best-adapted screenplay. However, the truth is I am beginning to question my future in the business. There is a growing discontent with the work and now it is difficult to see any growth opportunity for me.
Poll results from an INSEAD Class of December 2017 survey claim that 89% of my classmates are “career changers” which means that the vast majority of my classmates intend to move into a new function, industry, or country after we graduate from business school. Even if these results may be inflated, a large proportion of our class has indicated their desire to reinvent themselves from a career perspective. I am one of the 89% and here’s my story.
“I am more than the sum of my achievements” Four periods of the MBA done and less than one period is left. The past nine months have been a total whirlwind. Never have I experienced something as unique, intense, or wonderfully intimidating as undertaking an MBA. Now, with graduation around the corner, I am faced with a pressing question; How do you make sure that, after having gone through a period of such deep personal disruption and chaos, you are able to enter your next environment as a wiser and more capable version of yourself?
Less than 100 days left of INSEAD. Reality is kicking in. Recruiters are milling all over campus. Suits and ties, groomed hair and go-getter heels have replaced the relaxed student attire of jeans and a t-shirt. All of a sudden I discover a new side to my classmates, another facet of their identities. Identity. Such a powerful, yet very ambiguous, word. Our identity was created at birth, and has since that day been with us, wherever we go. Still, when I think about my identity, it has a sense of unfamiliarity to it, like something unknown yet to be discovered.