5 Books to Read During the Winter Break: CSE Staff Recommendations

woman reading on a snowy park bench.

The winter holidays are the perfect time to get cozy, sit back and relax with a good book! If you’re looking for reading inspiration during the holiday break, grab a warm beverage and check out these five book recommendations from the CSE staff, along with reasons why each book is a great read.

CASE IN POINT: Case Competition: Creating Winning Strategy Presentations for Case Competitions and Job Offers by Marc Cosentino

“Case competitions are a way to stand out as a business school student, and they’re great practice for careers in consulting. Marc Cosentino, who visits Brandeis International Business School each Fall, gives an insider’s view of how to prepare for, and succeed in, case competitions. Come to the CSE to borrow a copy of this excellent book!” 

Julie Miller, Director, Career Strategies Center

Strengths Finder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath

“This business book is Gallup’s new and improved edition of its popular online self assessment. When you buy the book, you get the code for the online assessment and it gives you your top three strengths. I found it to be hugely helpful in determining what type of job I would be happiest in and also how to work best with others that don’t have the same strengths as you. Simple and easy to read for students!” 

Kristen Babineau, Associate Director of Career Strategies and MSBA Career Coach

Build a Career in Data Science by Emily Robinson and Jacqueline Nolis

“I really enjoyed using this newest addition to the CSE Library to add quotes and examples to the CSE Technical Portfolio Visual Guide. What’s so great about this book is that it uses real-life examples and personal testimonies from industry professionals to add context to the subject matter. I also personally really enjoyed the writing style!”

Natalie Warila, Assistant Director, Career Strategies

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

“My favorite is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the Nike story. I recommend the book because it is the story of the founding and creation of a great company, Nike, with name recognition and branding known throughout the world. Phil Knight, the founder, struggled to find a path. He followed a passion for running and overcame self-doubt and set-backs. He Just Did It. If you’re also looking for another book to read, I also recommend Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly.”

Alice Ain Rich, Associate Director & MBA Career Coach and Adjunct Professor

The Two Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton

“Given the growth of online job postings coupled with an extremely talented pool of job candidates, both domestic and international, it is essential to conduct an organized and disciplined job search. This book tells you how to do just that and is widely used by business schools around the country.” 

Jennifer Voldins, Associate Director, Career Strategies MSF Career Coach


Happy Reading!

By Career Strategies and Engagement (CSE)
Career Strategies and Engagement (CSE)