Sunday, October 7, 2012

Alumni Wisdom

By Barak Epstein, MBA '12

After graduating last spring and moving my family down to Texas, I'd like to drop in to share a couple of words of Alumni Wisdom.

1) Support the students in the year after you.  They will become the future of the program.
Several years ago, a student from the Class of 2010 shared a Dell contact (himself a 2003 EMBA alum) with a Class of 2011 student.  That discussion led to the hiring of two Class of 2012 interns last year.  Those two interns were both hired by Dell and worked to strengthen the relationship.  This past summer, four students from the Class of 2013 were hired as interns and did fabulous work.

Needless to say, I am proud of the Dell-Rutgers relationship.  The larger point is that the selfless work of forward-looking students and alums has led to a strong relationship where none existed before.  Please consider doing your part to add to the RBS legacy while you are in school.

2) Rutgers continues to make a name for itself in the world of Supply Chain Management: This past week, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at the Council for Supply Chain Management's Global Conference.  Professor Dale Rogers was also featured in a talk about reverse supply chain logistics in Brazil.  During my talk, I had the opportunity to reference Rutgers' #3 ranking in SCM (as determined by Gartner Research).  Professor Klock, who was in the audience, also shared some of Rutgers' recent successes.  Our school accordingly was called out by a VP on the panel as a specific example of a strong academic program.

There are good things happening for the RBS brand in a number of areas and venues. Every little step counts towards making our name more visible and our school better connected, and our students and graduates more successful.