By Brian Mitchell,
Money and Investing Editor
College is commonly referred to as an institution where students go to prepare for the “real world.” This “real world” commonly refers to a job outside of college in the field which they have studied for the previous four or more years. However, sometimes this “real world” involves working at that same college which you attended. For Seton Hall Professor Tim Barbera, his “real world” consists of both.
Tim Barbera is an adjunct finance professor in the Stillman School of Business. He has been teaching finance classes part time since the summer of 2004; seven years after he graduated from the business school himself. He originally decided to attend Seton Hall to pursue a career in the radio industry, and it was the popularity of the radio station which attracted him to Seton Hall. However, like many students that go to college, Barbera soon found his passion when taking his first finance class and quickly decided that he wanted to pursue a career involving finance. It was six weeks into his first finance class that he decided he wanted to be a professor, and in 2004, that vision became a reality.
Other than teaching classes at Seton Hall part time, Barbera is a Managing Director at Rice Financial Products Company. As he talks about in his classes, he has four children that he will have to put through college, and college is not going to pay for itself. When asked about a typical work day in the finance industry, Barbera responded, “It’s extremely stressful but easy because of confidence in yourself and the knowledge you possess will help you get the job done right.”
Barbera credits his preparation for a career in finance to his strong work ethic and the way the business school supplied him with knowledge to help him in his chosen career.
In addition to this, he had an internship as a Municipal Bond Broker at Titus & Donnelly in New York City before graduating from Seton Hall.
This comes as no surprise if you take one of Barbera’s finance classes because of the emphasis he puts on good grades and internships to all his students.
He stresses that these are the two things that will differentiate you from others when applying for a job after graduation.
While encouraging students to have fun, Barbera always points out that performance in college courses will set the tone for the rest of your career.
When asked about being in Professor Barbera’s Business Finance class, current student Zane Keller said, “Barbera makes our finance class more real world scenarios and less textbook oriented. We don’t just learn material for the classroom but also lessons that will serve us in the future.”
As a student, Barbera’s fondest memory is earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his MBA; both from Seton Hall.
As a professor though, he enjoys seeing students continue to grow and understand what needs to be done to succeed right in front of his eyes.
When comparing his student days to his teaching days, the biggest difference he points to is the technology students have available to them and the ability to have a computer in class and to use the internet as a research tool.
This is certainly in line with Seton Hall’s mission, as the Seton Hall website states, “What really sets Seton Hall apart from other colleges and universities is how technology — and your laptop — are integrated with the curriculum.”
Tim Barbera, being a former Seton Hall student, offers a key piece of advice to Stillman students that now sit where he once sat.
He advises students, “to not take for granted the opportunity you are being given by being able to get an education from one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Life may take your job, your car, your house from you, but it can never ever take away your education!”
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 25 print edition.
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