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Alexander Pan
I am a 2009 Business School Graduate from Cornell University who had the good fortune of graduating unemployed. Where do I go from here? Life is full of so many choices.
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Today is my birthday – always an opportunity for reflection, but not especially this time because 32 is a not a major milestone like turning 60. For several weeks now, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned during the past... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at After The MBA
I know I’ve been bad about updating my blog. In fact, I was supposed to write my last post back in June 2011, because my original intent was to chronicle my post-MBA life for only 2 years. But nevertheless, there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at After The MBA
What would you do if you saw a shady-looking middle-aged woman burying a suspicious package outside the entrance of the SF Superior Court building? I was put in this awkward situation during a recent lunch break from jury duty. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at After The MBA
Most people complain about getting traffic tickets but few ever go on to challenge them. This is probably because most people are probably guilty of their crimes but in my case, I was innocent (I swear). Up until this point,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at After The MBA
Every year when February rolls around, many guys get stressed out about what to do for Valentine’s Day. Many Guys dread February 14th because it is so commercialized and superficial. Why should you have to be romantic and affectionate on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at After The MBA
On January 25th (yes, I realize this post is long overdue) I attended the Inside Social Apps summit, which was the second industry conference that I've attended during my nascent career in gaming. So what did the $399 registration fee... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at After The MBA
I know this post is like 3 months overdue, which is probably because I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t written a new post in 3 months. I sincerely apologize to everyone for not writing for so long.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at After The MBA
What’s a poor unemployed recent MBA grad supposed to do in this terrible job market? They need to think outside the box and look for jobs outside of the usual banking, consulting or brand management path! Earlier this year, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at After The MBA
I know this post is like 3 weeks past due but it still had to be shared. If you recall, my costume from Halloween 2009 was an epic failure because ZERO people guessed correctly who I was supposed to be,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at After The MBA
So a week ago, I moved out of the Mission neighborhood (the barrio) to the much nicer SOMA neighborhood (young professionals). If you recall, I avoided wearing red clothing in the Mission because it was the color associated with the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at After The MBA
My office manager had her birthday last week so what not a better way to celebrate the occasion than to put her stapler in jello? (Yes, I was inspired by Jim from the office in case you were wondering.) So... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at After The MBA
Last week I was excited to attend my first industry conference (I didn’t work in tech before if you recall). The event was the Virtual Goods Summit (VGS) and it was held in San Francisco. Virtual goods are basically all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at After The MBA
Once in awhile, I get emails from random people who read my blog. Recently I was asked the following question and I felt it would be good to share my answer because many other people have also asked me the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at After The MBA
The other weekend I attended my first startup party for (they rented out Terra in SF). Quora is kind of like a community Q&A website but with social features like the ability to follow people/friends (like Twitter). Personally I’m... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at After The MBA
Last week I had the privilege of getting an invite to attend a Facebook Game Developers Event. I recently learned that Facebook has its own flavor of vitaminwater called “Connect”. You know you've made it big when you have your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at After The MBA
I recently celebrated my one-month anniversary at my new job and I’ve learned many key lessons thus far: 1.) Work life in a tech company >>> Work life in a bank. This is the first time I have ever worked... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at After The MBA
The Spankme Building! Spotted in downtown San Mateo on 300 8th Avenue around the corner from Ramen Dojo (the spicy garlic pork ramen was quite good btw). Yes, I know this post is quite juvenille of me but can you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at After The MBA
14 months after graduation from business school, my job search has come to a close! In all honesty, I probably only job-searched hardcore for about 8-9 months but I was still surprised and humbled by how difficult it was to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at After The MBA
So the other weekend, I went to the Pistahan Festival, a celebration of Bay Area Filipino culture and cuisine. At this festival I had the chance to try Balut, which supposedly is a common snack in the Philippines. According to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at After The MBA
I believe in taking the high road and I also believe that karma will even things out for the both of us.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2010 on Do NOT Sublet From This Person at After The MBA
You know how they say that you need to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight if it is international? Apparently that does not apply if your flight is one of the first flights of the day! I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at After The MBA
Jen - Thanks for checking out my blog. Geographic location makes a HUGE difference depending on your education/background. CA is a terrible job market if you have a finance background without a tech or engineering background (basically my story). NYC would probably be a much better job market for me based on my work experience/education but I really like it out here. Hopefully things will work out!
**UPDATE 11/2011** After nearly 2.5 years, I was finally returned my security deposit at the end of 2010 or in early 2011. In recent months, my former subletter has apologized and begged me to remove her name and picture. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at After The MBA
Sorry everyone, I know I’ve been MIA lately but I’ve been busy the past few weeks with interviews (a good thing!). I recently had an interview with a well-known company in the Bay Area. I was doing well throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at After The MBA
You know you live in the hood when thieves steal your rims midday and leave your car on a single stack of bricks instead of cinder blocks. *This picture was taken 2 blocks away from my apartment.* Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at After The MBA