Nerding Out: MBA Survival Kit

Storage units always remind me of the final scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Storage units always remind me of the final scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This weekend I braved the rain and flash floods to visit my storage unit. I needed to get a few items out of that 10×10 metal bin of things I should have gotten rid of a long time ago.

While there I realized that I now have a sizeable collection of reference books at home, at work, AND in storage. Nerding out apparently, has been a thing for me for quite some time.

I also came across a CD ROM (yes, a CD ROM) that I had purchased in my grad school days called “MBA Survival Kit”. It is a box set of programs that cover accounting, quantitative skills, finance and statistics. When I found it in my meagerly climate controlled storage unit, I marveled at the fact that I still had it, and then I had an idea.

I’ve been searching for a way to practice the things I learned in grad school on a regular basis. Mainly, I want to work on quantitative and statistics subject matter because that’s the sort of thing that you lose if you don’t always put it into practice.

While it’s true that I do plenty of analysis at work, and have been for quite some time, it is easy to get lulled into thinking that you know the best way to perform the work if you haven’t been exposed to other ways of doing it in some time. I want to avoid favoring solutions/methods that I am most comfortable with over other, perhaps more complex and effective solutions as time progresses.

That, and I’m kind of obsessed/worried about skill atrophy. I worked extremely hard to learn these skills and I don’t want to lose them! It’s time to brush up!

Long story short, I’m going to fire up these CD ROMs and see what they can do. I’m not sure how effective it will be (the writing on the box seems to be pretty excited about being “NOW compatible with Internet Explorer 5.5”), but it’s worth a shot!

If it doesn’t work, well, I guess I’ll just go with my original plan; buying the GMAT test prep book and working it from beginning to end.

I sure hope this works.

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