It is official: I have accepted a full-time job doing business development in the tech industry in San Francisco!
My goal in going to business school was to facilitate an industry / career change into tech. In fact, I’m starting a bit early – I’ll be flying to San Francisco for several weeks during spring, balancing both the job part-time while finishing up my last academic quarter here at Booth. What does this mean for Shang Chen Photography? Unfortunately, this isn’t what most of you want to hear: Shang Chen Photography will continue to be on indefinite hiatus for the foreseeable future. But Shang, I still see you shooting! you say. That is true, I still have some weddings to which I committed before I started my job search, and I even have people trying to meet me in other cities for shoots when I’m traveling (I have an engagement shoot in Philly for a lovely couple from Boston), but officially, I cannot make any more promises like the kind I used to.
I’m happy though. This tech job I got is exactly what I’d like to do as my next step. The product / company is great with very interesting business challenges, the team is fast-paced and values transparency. So yes, I’ll be returning to my world of Excel models, but on top of that, I’ll be able to see my strategic recommendations operationally in action.
I praise God for how it all worked out so smoothly. I will need my weekends to see my boyfriend as we’ll be in a long distance relationship. I’ve written at length before that as much as I loved being in the wedding industry, it has negatively impacted my personal life, and going forward, I want to put the two of us above that.
Another exciting piece of news is that I made the front page of the school newspaper! Pretty darn cool. I was recently a recipient of the C200 scholarship. The C200 (Committee of 200) is an invite-only organization of amazing women leaders around the world who are pioneers in business and entrepreneurship, CEOs, presidents, the like. I am so excited to have access to this network. I just about near fainted when I found out at the luncheon that I’d been selected as a recipient
Photo by Elizabeth Oates – thank you! In the excitement (and not knowing on that day whether I’d win the scholarship), I didn’t bring a camera or ask anyone to take a picture of me. This was one of the proudest moments of my life this year, and afterwards I was kind of sad when I realized I didn’t have a picture, until I saw the article. So thank you SO much for taking this picture
So, Bay Area / SF people, get ready, I can’t wait to catch up and meet all of you! Also, Instagram came out for Android phones, meaning I can also finally take square-cropped photos with filters. yay =)
(L-R: Brannan Street in SF. A Hipmunk luggage tag. And of course, In-N-Out)
Here is my full travel schedule for the rest of 2012. I’m really going to be racking up those miles on United…
April 20 – 22 – Philadelphia, PA
April 24 – 27 – San Francisco, CA
May 1 – 4 – San Francisco, CA
May 22 – 24 – San Francisco, CA
May 25 – 28 – Boston, MA
June 1 – 3 – Boston, MA
June 9 – Graduation, Chicago, IL
June 11 – 30 – Boston, MA
June 19 – 21 – San Francisco, CA
June 22 – 24 – Kiawah Island, SC
July 1 and on – Living full-time in San Francisco, CA
July 14 – 15 – Seattle, WA
July 21 – 22 – Los Angeles, CA
August 10 – 19 – Boston, MA
September 1 – 9 – Boston, MA
October 5 – 10 – Boston, MA
October 11 – 14 – Chicago, IL
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