Gleana Albritton, Vlerick Leuven Gent Graduation now seems just around the corner

The past few weeks have all gone by in a blur for me. At this moment I only have six weeks of classes remaining as a full-time Vlerick IMBA student.It’s hard to believe that time has gone by so quickly for me. I remember just like it was yesterday my first few days of the programme, when this point seemed light years away.

As I fight to remain focused on classes, the one question that keeps popping up in my head is what will I do in September? September 20th is the day that I officially graduate from the programme. The question I get asked most of all is “What are you planning to do when you graduate”? Often this question leads to “Do you want to stay here after graduation”?

I still have only a vague idea of what will happen for me. I have started putting feelers out for potential opportunities; many of the jobs I am applying for have much shorter recruitment windows, unlike my classmates who are applying for consulting or formal management training programmes.

As for location, I’d love to remain in Europe, but I realise that I might need to return to the US and take on a role with global responsibilities from there. I am applying on both continents and I believe that the right opportunity will come my way.

The one thing that I will have to fight against as I focus on September is losing steam in the remaining few weeks of classes. The next few weeks will be the busiest in my MBA career, as I start several new courses, prep for final exams and work on my business plan. Although what I’d really love to do now is to explore more of the world. I often fantasise about taking a year or two off after graduation just to travel around the world.

I will push myself to get through the next six weeks of classes. Then I will truly start solidifying my plan for September. When I really stop to think about it- I realise just how quickly September will arrive. Until then I’ll keep fantasising about all the places I want to visit.