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We’re coming to the end of a decade and I wanted to do something new and different myself here by recording a few videos around my journey over the last decade, particularly focusing on some of the big, pivotal learnings that I’ve had over this last decade which have helped me to get to where I am, and which might help you with your own journey going forward.
10 years ago, I was living in Paris, France – a long held aspiration of mine. I’d wanted to learn French in high school, but the rational decision I was guided towards was to learn Indonesian instead. Because Indonesia was going to be the next big business partner of my home country Australia.
So while I learned Indonesian through high school, the very first company I worked for out of university was a French company. And, I was on my managers from day one to expatriate me to the head office, and after three years they did. So the first country I lived in after Australia, was France – boy would’ve a good knowledge of French been useful!
Not long after moving to France though, I realised that engineering wasn’t for me, that the work itself wasn’t what really lit me up, so I started looking at other opportunities. I came across the concept of doing an MBA and I got into an MBA programme in London, a really good one at London Business School.
I had a plan to do investment banking and maybe private equity after that. However, once I got onto campus, like a lot of people there, a lot of my fellow MBAs, I started looking at other career options too, such as consulting.
However, it was actually entrepreneurship and the classes around it that really lit me up. And, I realise now that it’s important to take heed of the things that create excitement and joy in our lives, because they’re powerful predictors of where future excitement and joy lies!
However, the competitive application process for the prestigious investment banking roles, the money, everything… I got caught up in that really in hindsight, and secured an internship for a prestigious American investment bank.