Class Year: 2018
Not every career change has to be drastic. For John Erwin, beginning his MBA program at Drexel LeBow wasn’t an attempt to move to another field, but to add more of what he enjoyed to his current position.
The two-time Drexel student – Erwin completed his master’s in information systems with a focus in information technology in 1997 – had previously earned a BS in accounting and had worked in that field for several years before he saw the industry change with the introduction of personal computers.
“After I got a job in accounting – around the time that PCs were coming into the workforce – I became more interested in computer technology, but I always wanted a mix. A PC is nothing without a good application,” says Erwin.
After graduating with a degree in information systems, Erwin took a position in technology and consumer finance before deciding to accept his current position as a data administrator at the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, “I’ve always been doing something with data until eventually, all I did was data,” he says.
Erwin loves his position, and decided to get his MBA to be able to work more with the business and analytics side of the company. “I have an undergraduate degree in accounting, and I wanted to brush up on that, but mainly, I wanted to take a break from the more technical stuff at my job and get more into the business side – with a good mix of data.”
Typically taking one to two classes a semester, Erwin says the main reason for his return to the University was how well it fit into his schedule, “I love the flexibility and the convenience. I prefer face-to-face classes, but it’s good to be able to take an online course if I need to.”
A life-long learner, Erwin says that his time at Drexel allows him to look even further into the fields he’s grown to love even as he decides to branch out more. “I do business intelligence, but this helps me to get a more formal education in the field as opposed to self-learned. I get the theory and the practice here.”