Saturday, December 28, 2013

#BookReview : What I Did Not Learn at IIT: Transitioning from Campus to Workplace by Rajeev Agarwal

On the jacket:

Every year, graduating college students are told they are destined for success. But what are the habits and behaviors that actually lead to success? Drawing on his own experiences, Rajeev Agarwal, the founder and CEO of MAQ Software, concisely explains the steps he took for a successful career. As Agarwal realized that an IIT degree and a technical knowledge was not enough for his success. To distinguish himself, he shares his habits, behaviors, and thinking. Encouraging graduates to look at their careers over a forty-year span, Agarwal explains that successful people choose to be passionate about every job they have. Successful people recognize that performing average work does not advance them in the direction they want. The little bits of dedication here and there all add up-showing up to work on time, getting proper rest and nutrition, always striving to learn, and owning the results of your actions all build toward success. Transitioning from college to the workplace can be difficult. Graduates are required to determine their own lives, making several important decisions before the age of thirty. By providing an honest account, this book will make that transition easier.


Rajeev Agrawal in his book What I Did Not Learn at IIT has written exactly what the title suggests, his transition from campus to workplace and in a very interactive and believable manner. I, for one, am the kind of person who hates self help books which sound very preachy. So, I must admit, I had started reading this book with a lot of apprehensions as well, assuming it to be one of those.

But no. Here is one person who has studied from the best, so obviously his grey cells are not rusty. Neither has he written the book to get the writer tag. There is a lot of sense in the stuff Agarwal has spoken about and you would be convinced of it, right in the first few pages. 

Can be easily used by freshers as a guidebook, this book helps with the prime questions right after college - what now? From how to behave to how to invest, Agarwal has imparted his own knowledge in this book. And coming from someone successful, these surely are words of wisdom.

Rating: ****/5

[This is an author request interview. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

1 comment:

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