“I earned both of my degrees online. I actually have never stepped foot on Drexel’s campus before,” shares Drexel alumnus, Marc Andriola. “I was married with two kids at the time. Now, I have three kids and I have a full-time job. The only way I would have been able to get my degrees, would be via the online platform. In the beginning, it was a little challenging, because it was a different type of medium for me, but once I got myself into a routine, it was absolutely great.”
In 2014, Marc earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computing and Security Technology. Marc wasn’t quite finished with his educational journey, as he decided to pursue his Master of Science (MS) in Project Management, with a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation, and completed the program in March of 2019. He credits his current position with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City, to the formal education he received at Drexel.
“I got my job with JPMorgan Chase shortly after being laid off from Teva Pharmaceuticals in April 2018,” Marc shared. “My ability to land the position was due largely in part to earning my master’s in project management. Plus, I had a couple years of project management experience under my belt. It was really my degree that made me the winning candidate, because very few people in the candidate pool that I was a part of had their master’s degree.”
What sets Drexel Alumni apart is the wide array of industry knowledge they gain while enrolled in any degree program. Professors are practitioners in their fields, passing on their knowledge to those they teach. What they learn in the classroom, can be directly applied to their work. Students like Marc, who earn their degree while already working in the field, are able to directly apply what they learn in class to their current position.
“Everything I learned from Drexel, I would say I use day in and day out on the job,” Marc reflected. “In the courses I’ve taken throughout my master’s degree, I use a little bit of knowledge from each one of those classes, including the people management part of it, the program management part of it and the procurement part of it. The culmination of all those classes put me in a great position to perform my job to the best of my ability. I highly recommend Drexel’s Project Management program, as well as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program—they both very rewarding and have served me well in my current position.”