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25 Oct: Sowing the seeds…

… of a career! It is an apt metaphor as I continue to navigate the world of jobs and find one that fits. I must say it continues to be an amazing experience of connecting and talking to people. It IS true when Forrest Gump says, “you never know what you are going to get”! So in line with building an online presence, here are qualities that exemplify me: – Marketing excellence– Customer focused– Leadership & influence– Innovative drive– Curiosity & learning agility– Breadth in communication– Global awareness– Adaptability There you have it, a little teaser about me and find me on LinkedIn! International Consulting Project Final Presentation

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16 Oct: Calm in uncertainty

It is down to the last 2 weeks of ICPs and we will then start the last stretch of electives. At this point, offers have been starting to come in for some and for most, it’s still a wait and see game. To help ease the ups and downs, Alison and I have been taking advantage of the weekends and also making plans to spend christmas in the Twin Cities! Eze – Cote Azure I have also launched the IMD movie trailer this week and anticipating the full launch sometime in November! This is a project that started in the first half of the year and have continued through the holidays and into the ICPs. A couple of scenes left to film, but it will be a hit for sure… since most of the students are part of the cast… cheers!

20 Sep: Nespresso & Career Search

The International Consulting Projects (ICPs) are well under way. I am working with Nespresso, which is a 5 min walk west of campus. Pretty sweet huh! Being close has its perks, since we can get together with our client as often as we want and we can meet with pretty much anyone in the building. Don’t forget about the endless cups of Nespresso we can enjoy! We are halfway in and have completed Phase 2 last week. We are gearing up for an exciting Phase 3. It will be intense, but I think it will be great fun. At the same time, we are also in the midst of our job hunt. It will definitely be a trying period as we try to stay true to what we want. The pressure from friends, family and a “deadline” of December 2nd will continue to brew and I think this is where…

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05 Sep: South Africa – Discovery Expedition

It has been almost a month since I last blogged! I must say, the break was so good, I long for it again… Anyway, things are now better and more human than the first six months. We actually plan our schedule and we can get to bed at a decent time. Even though it is better, the stress of finding a job and client presentations for ICPs take on a different dynamic. More on that later! South Africa… where should I start? It was a fantastic experience. I was in a group of four: Pasha, Michael,  Kingshuk and I. We spent our time working with a company that makes accessories for 4×4 vehicles. You know the documentary with Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in Long Way Around and Long Way Down? This company outfitted the support team which made their expedition possible. In addition, they outfit modern day explorers like…

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10 Aug: Bongiorno Lausanne!

It has been over a month without blogging! I am finally back in Lausanne. Sorry, I have been busy taking a long and well deserved summer break and just returned from our Discovery Expedition in South Africa. Our 3 week break was spent entirely in Italy, driving from Venice, all the way down to the Amalfi coast, past Naples. It was glorious! We were able to spend quality time together as well as indulge in everything Italy has to offer: fantastic wine, pasta, pizzas, seafood, art, ruins and last but not least, crazy drivers! I must say, we really enjoyed all parts of the break, we were able to get back into “normalcy” for a few weeks and really enjoy each others company. We experienced farm stays in Tuscany, roof top pools in Umbria and fancy Amalfi coastal towns. That is one of the reasons why I love Europe; just…

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30 Jun: In the alps – Rochers De Naye

One of my wishes is to be in the mountains more often and so Alison will always hear me suggest – “how about going to the mountains?” So while we were planning for this sunday, we tried to figure out where the closest mountain adventure would be and we ended up with Rochers De Naye. It is a really short trip from Lausanne; short train ride to Montreux and then a 45min cog wheel train up the mountains. I must say, the train ride was magnificent and well worth the money. We went all the way to the top, above the clouds. We then proceeded to hike down… this was the tougher part. It was really steep and not exactly a leisure hike like we planned. Kudos to my in-laws for toughing it out! Nonetheless an excellent adventure we walked away with some wonderful memories, pictures, a great story and…

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26 Jun: Alp horn cheese aliens!

Alison, Dorothy & Toby in Gruyere Raclette – melted cheese… mmmm Gruyere cheese metropolis The alp horn masters The Giger bar where aliens dwell Alien watching over Gruyere The Giger museum! Our side trip to Gruyere was great! The old town was beautifully set on a hill overlooking the area. We ate, walked and appreciated aliens in the Giger museum. I must say, it’s such an odd location for a sci fi museum. Nevertheless, it was great to get out and it was fun to spend some time with the family.

12 Jun: Exams are over!

The long week of exams are finally over! The last exam was five hours long and I was almost in a daze afterwards. No, I was definitely in a daze. With finals over, we are halfway through the program and the next milestone will be our discovery expedition to South Africa. From here on out, we will have few classes on various topics, but mainly we will be applying everything we have learned in SA and our International Consulting Projects. They officially start in August, but we have already been spending several hours meeting and preparing to jump right in after SA. This weekend felt like a real liberation and I got the chance once again to escape Lausanne! We took day trips to Gruyere and Rochers de Naye. Pictures to follow!