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Jason Bernd

Your reputation is formed in the first 6 months of work.

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

I thought I wanted to be an architect or a psychiatrist.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Working as a consultant was intellectually challenging work with inspirational collegues. However, I never felt truly satisfied with the work that I was doing which was primarily focused on financial institutions. I did a project with a teaching hospital in New York City and found an industry that was complex and community focused with an end product that was more satisfying: serving the health care needs of the City. I took a 40% pay cut and found my passion for hospital administration which I hope to pursue after business school.

How did you get your big breaks?

I don't know that there are any substitutes for hard work and sincerity. Whenever people ask for interview or application advice, I always recommend that they try and communicate their authentic selves. All of us are instrinsically motivated by different things and being introspective enough to understand your motivations and your passions, and being confident to express them, allows you to come across as passionate and sincere. I find that people are attracted to transparency and authenticity and this has allowed me to build relationships and capture opportunities in my career.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Your reputation is formed in the first 6 months of work. Work hard in the begining because first impressions are very hard to overcome. Also, never take a job soley for money and in the long term, make your job decisions based on the best interests of your family (not applicable to me yet, but something that senior folks have reiterated to me over and over).

What have you learned from your experience?

Anyone can work hard, succeed, and make lots of money if they are willing to compromise parts of their life away. We all choose what is "ultimate" to us in our life. However, nearly all things that we make "ultimate" in our lives will always demand more and never completely satisfy us (e.g., you can always make more money, have more influence, have a more prestigious career). Even "good" things like family, love, and happiness - when they become 'the ultimate' in our lives - can end up demanding more and more of us (e.g., if your marriage is THE most imporant thing in your life, if your spouse upsets you or lets you down, you will be crushed and extremely hurt). If everything in this world - even the good things - is incapable of satisfying our ultimate needs, then what is left? My experience has shown me that searching out your Faith is the only thing that can provide the fundamently satisfying, 'ulimate thing' that we are all seeking.

What most excites you about your job right now?

I'm in business school so I'm most excited about engaging my classmates and learning from their life and career experiences.

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

I would like to have made a tangible difference in the community around me and the lives of my co-workers.

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