Let me introduce you the MLA, ie. the Master in Life Adventures.
Taking a career break, travelling for a long time, taking a sabbatical. I could use any of these to define my year ahead. In fact, many people do so. However, it is not in every country that these definitions come with positive associations. More, it is something to worry when sending a CV and when justifying to Family and Friends what exactly it is that we are doing during this time. Of course this is not always true. Many companies see the value of travelling and many parents encourage their siblings to do a gap year. The insight comes from the first, but the concept could actually serve both scenarios. The MLA is an attempt to give the deserved value of leaving the comfort zone, travelling to new places, interacting with new cultures, creating a broad, rich and differentiated network, developing other skills that would otherwise remain asleep, etc etc etc. And this blog is an attempt to develop and strengthen a concept which could become a quality stamp in our CV! That anyone could use.
The idea is simple. Traveling the world whilst developing new skills and competencies and exploring and leveraging our passions and talents. A flexible program completely tailored to ones needs. An amazing opportunity to meet people, to get inspired, to learn and develop. And a little (or big) hand in finding our purpose.
How am I proving the concept? Being the first to take a MLA (well…officially)!
How it all started
One of the options I had for my future was to do a MBA more or less 5 years after I started working. But in my heart, that was maybe not the greatest idea. I had already done my undergrad in Business Administration and it was quite an expensive plan. At the same time, there was another option crossing my mind: travelling the world for a year. Not comparable we might say…but only at the first sight. I kept thinking that I could use that year to develop myself, to develop new skills, new competencies, to get to know new people… actually, pretty much the same that you do at the MBA.
That night, the idea came: instead of a MBA, I would do a MLA, a Master in Life Adventures!
I was super excited and started to note some ideas about the topic. But it is not an easy decision and I had just moved jobs… So, it wasn’t until a few months ago that I actually got the courage to make it happen. And it starts very soon!
This blog will serve as an exploration of the MLA concept through the reflection of my adventures. I welcome any feedback, comments and suggestions along the way to help me bring the concept to life!