It’s hard to think that just last week was MDP graduation. It was the last time that all of us would be together as one group, as MDPs. It seems funny that less than a year ago, the 40 of us in the green group and the other 40 in the gold group did not know each other. At this time last year we were all thinking about enjoying the last few weeks of the summer before our real world journey began.
Graduation week was fun with happy hour events, a boat cruise, a capstone project, final thoughts, and a conversation with Mark Czarnecki, the President of M&T and the COO. Now, I know what you must be thinking when I say graduation and no there were no cap and gown or diplomas; however we did receive our 1 year anniversary gifts and a class picture which we had taken the first week.
Most people aren’t as lucky as I was to be able to learn about a great company, make instant friends because of a common experience being in the program, and have a true hands on experience on the job that never once felt like an internship which often times programs can. If I had to go back and do it over, I would do it again in a heart beat. I am one of the lucky ones of my friends from college, who love what they do. Who enjoy going to work every day and has found something I am passionate about. So I encourage you to consider M&T’s MDP program or another development program if you feel that it is right for you. Never take a job because someone else says its good or someone tells you to do it. Take a job because it scares you, take a job because it makes you nervous, often times those are the best experiences. But hey, I have only been in the working world for a year so what do I know.
With MDP now over and for those of you who have followed this blog over the course of my first year in the real world, you must be thinking what next? Well, I will work as a Business and Planning Analyst in the Innovation Center of Excellence. It is an exciting time for banking and don’t worry my blogging doesn’t stop just because the program is over. No way! I am in the real world to stay and this is just the beginning of my journey in Corporate America. I have ambition and big dreams which I intend to make a reality.