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    People are heterogeneous! The first year is really easy and enjoyable for me. I think the two best suggestions (for people in quant marketing or other quantitative fields) are:

    1 Have a great rest before starting the program. Preparation in advance at the current stage doesn't matter much, while a relaxed body/mind helps a lot.

    2 Don't do any research. Instead, focus on the coursework.

    But again, as I said, people are heterogeneous. You should find the best strategy for yourself.

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    If I have an opportunity in the first year to co-author a paper with a few professors, should I take it? It may be a crowded paper (so maybe even 3rd or 4th author for me?) and is likely to be in a general interest mgmt journal like Mgmt Sc.

    Some people I spoke to says that non first authored papers count for little in the job market, so it might be better to focus on the coursework in the first year and work on my own research if anything.

    How many first authored (or non first authored) papers is the standard nowadays to be competitive in the job market? (Iím from OM field but will be interested to hear about other fields too.)

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    If I have an opportunity in the first year to co-author a paper with a few professors, should I take it? It may be a crowded paper (so maybe even 3rd or 4th author for me?) and is likely to be in a general interest mgmt journal like Mgmt Sc.

    Some people I spoke to says that non first authored papers count for little in the job market, so it might be better to focus on the coursework in the first year and work on my own research if anything.

    How many first authored (or non first authored) papers is the standard nowadays to be competitive in the job market? (I’m from OM field but will be interested to hear about other fields too.)
    Take the opportunity. 1 publication when you come out is way better than 0. It will help you go through the whole review process.

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    Yes. Take the opportunity. A publication is a publication. While you may not have a ton of time in your first year to do a lot of research, you should definitely try to get some research done during your first year. It will make the rest of the program so much easier.
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