Ansh Abrol, Class of 2014
Major: Economics, Minor: Sociology
Why did you choose Economics as your major?
I’ve always been fascinated by the way that people interrelate to each other. At Rutgers, I felt that majoring in economics allowed me to analyze how societies and people coexist while giving me a broad knowledge base that allowed me to gain an understanding of numerous other subjects as well.
What did you like most about it?
The best part of it was gaining an understanding and applying the knowledge to different industries and societies and understanding the rationale behind certain decisions. I enjoyed taking the analytical aspect of economics and using it to understand businesses and human behavior.
What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it?
I work at a major financial services firm in a client-facing role, the aspect that I enjoy most is interacting with people, understanding who they are, and what their story is.
What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it?
I worked as an adviser at a boutique financial services firm, which I’m pretty sure I got through CareerKnight.
How did you move from that first job to your current position?
I moved from my first job to my current position because it was better for my career. A close friend highly recommended taking a look at the firm. The people along with the work environment have made it a great fit.
Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?
The classes that most contributed to my successes are the classes that were more entrepreneurship-based such as Intro to Marketing for Entrepreneurs class, Finance for Entrepreneurs, while the specific Economics classes, as difficult as they may have been, helped improve my knowledge base.
The experiences that most contributed to my success were just basic real-life interactions with people--whether alumni, current students, or faculty. The most important aspect of those experiences that contributed to my success was taking a genuine interest in people, forming my own opinions, and placing a value on learning from others.
What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?
My advice for current students is to spend a lot of time understanding who you are and what you want to do. Focus on what you want to contribute to the world.
Take time to network, meet people in different industries, and within your own industry. Reach out to successful people who’ve been in your shoes and feel free to ask for advice and honest opinions. Value honesty: cherish the honest people around you, be honest with yourself, and focus on consistently improving your skillset.
Also, have fun and enjoy the journey!