For our Real Life Career Tips series, we asked working professionals to share their wisdom and insight.
Name: Anna Grace Zuckerman
Company: MRE Consulting
Position: Business Intelligence Consultant
Q: What book do you recommend to students?
A: For anyone going into consulting: The Trusted Advisor by David Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford. It was hard to get through some parts of it, but it has made me a much stronger consultant long term.
For anyone going into Business Intelligence: Data Mining Practical Learning Tools and Techniques (7th edition). This book has some truly awe-inspiring lessons about machine learning. It’s the book that lead me to my industry.
Q: What is one skill you recommend students learn?
A: For business intelligence, Python. For IT, C#
Q: What is your favorite motto or inspirational quote?
A: “Trust, but verify” -Ronald Reagan
Q: What piece of advice do you wish someone would have given you in college?
A: Two pieces of advice: Do what you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life. Also, remember that “No.” is a complete sentence. While you should always give it your all, you cannot do it all. Don’t be afraid to say no when you can’t handle anymore work. If you say yes to everything, your work will suffer, your morale will suffer, and your employer will suffer.