Working on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, Plotkin commuted to RBS-Newark for evening in-person classes, while taking other courses online. He gave RBS high marks for handling the transition to all-remote learning in March 2020 due to the pandemic. In-person classes resumed last September.
“School and work were both exceptionally supportive” in Plotkin’s efforts to balance a full-time career, graduate school, and his home life, he said. The married Cranford resident became a dad in September 2019 as he started his second course.
Plotkin said the instructors, experts in their fields, provided real-world experiences that helped him understand concepts and learn how to apply them. He found Assistant Professor Yla Eason’s “Business Communications” class on sharpening writing and speaking skills extremely useful. “Part of my responsibility is breaking down regulations and the technology-based system controls for people who need to understand them, so this is a crucial skill for my job,” he said.
One standout course was “Financial Management,” offered online and taught by Professor Tavy Ronen, who also is the founding director of RBS’ Business of Fashion programs. “She is brilliant and brought an excitement to the material,” he said.
But perhaps Plotkin’s favorite course was “Managing Strategic Transformation.” Assistant Professor Jeremy Vogelmann used case studies on Best Buy, Starbucks and other global corporations, showing how leaders successfully dealt with crises. “It gave us a perspective and thought process I found really valuable,” he said. “I learned tools for making decisions, and confidence in myself to offer solutions to challenges,” he said.
He completed 49 credits, taking six most semesters. All the classes he took were offered evenings, except for one Saturday morning course. While the part-time MBA program was challenging, Plotkin said, “Rutgers Business School provided an inclusive and helpful environment. No matter how hectic things got, everyone made sure we were all supported.”
– Margaret McHugh