Sunday, October 6, 2013

Advice for First Years (you may not like it)

Your first year as a Rutgers MBA is going to be the most challenging, exhausting, aggravating and gratifying experience of your life.  You can ask any one of us second years and we will tell you that the first year is a real sucker punch – especially to your sleep schedule and sometimes even to your ego. So, what I am about to encourage you to do is going to make you stare at this computer screen in exasperated disbelief….but I’m going to encourage you to do it anyway: READ!

It doesn’t matter how tight your schedule is or how many corporate presentations you have scheduled this week, make sure you squeak some time in there to read something outside of what you’re assigned -read the WSJ, read books you hear others talking about, read blogs, and especially read EVERYTHING Dean Vera gives you an excerpt from.

Read not only because it forces you to reflect on yourself, but because it lets you live the experiences and epiphanies of others without going through the rigor of their mistakes and failures. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business -Charles Duhigg
books every MBA should read

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
books every MBA should read

More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer – Mark Albion

books every MBA should read
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

books every MBA should read
Here are a few more separated by discipline:
Accounting & Finance: Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports

Marketing: Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs

Supply Chain Management: The Supply Chain Management Casebook: Comprehensive Coverage and Best Practices in SCM

Many thanks to second-year Veronica Hoffman for this insightful post!  Veronica is a full-time MBA candidate, specializing in Marketing Research Insights and Analytics.  She is a Brand Management intern at Promotion in Motion.  It is not uncommon for her Facebook page to be overcome with photos of her pet rabbit, Geoff. 


  1. I read "The Power of Habit" for my Business Comm class. At the time I was unenthusiastic, but ended up really enjoying the book. I even talked about some things I learned from the book on a job interview (and got the offer!). Great read.

    I would also add "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath...or at a minimum, take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. It will really change the way you view yourself and your career trajectory.


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