My week in Singapore was very packed and on the move. Visiting favourite food haunts with my family, meeting up with old friends from school and work, and relegating all the work due on the Kapstone project and Leadership paper to middle-of-the-night typing on the laptop in bed. It was interesting because this was my first visit home since starting the MBA programme and the first time I was coming out of the bubble to see my friends, rather than having my friends come to Switzerland / IMD to see me.
Seeing things from the other perspective, from outside the bubble, I’ve concluded that we actually are quite lucky. Most of us, even if we are not getting the “ideal” dream job, do have at least one or two viable job options that are still on track. We would be even more lucky if we have job options that allow us some growth from where we were before the MBA. Of course those of us who got our first-choice jobs are indisputably extremely fortunate, especially in this environment! Anyway the trip back has stopped me complaining on the job front as I have closed off the question of “what if”, as in “what [could my job options have been] if” I had not come for the MBA.
Landing at Geneva Airport though, I don’t feel as if I am coming “home”, not like the last time when we all got back from South Africa. When I checked-in at the Qatar Airways counter at Changi, I was asked if I would be renewing my Swiss residency permit because I had a return ticket to Switzerland, but no ticket to fly back out after my residency expires on 15th December. And that was a wake-up call to me to get started on planning my departure arrangements from Switzerland less than a day after arriving back. Yes, one side of me wants to make the most of the remaining 6 weeks of the program. But another part of me also accepts that the program is coming to an end and wants to start preparing for the life that will follow.
It’s been a good year. A good life. And for most of us, wishing that the lives that follow will be better still! (Not to mention one last blast of fun together before we graduate).