Jonathan Chan
MBA/MA Organizational Behavior & Evaluation | Los Altos, California, United States
EDUCATION
BS Psychology, University of California, San Diego

OCCUPATION/FIELD
Research & Evaluation, Consulting

ACTIVITIES & SOCIETIES

Psi Chi: International Honor Society in Psychology,
Drucker Golf Club
 

The caliber of the faculty is what makes the Drucker School and CGU as a whole an academically enriching institution.

Not only do the faculty provide a first class education for their students, but are there to be your mentors who genuinely care about your professional development.
 
Why did you choose the Drucker School?
I chose to pursue a dual degree in organizational behavior/evaluation at SBOS to obtain a solid foundation in research methodology and data analytics, and an MBA at Drucker to obtain a solid understanding of managerial practice in a world where issues are becoming increasingly complex and solutions are becoming increasingly ambiguous. I plan to leverage these skills to pursue a marketing career in consumer branding in either a B2C or B2B context.

How has the program benefited you so far?
My graduate education at CGU has benefited me immensely. After completing my 1st year in the org behavior/evaluation program, I landed a research and evaluation internship at Riverside County Department of Mental Health as well as a research assistantship at the Claremont Leadership Assessment Center (under Dr. Becky Reichard) to solidify my research methodology and data analytical skills. Now in my 2nd year with a semester of MBA coursework under my belt, myself and 3 other MBA students have been personally selected by Drucker’s interim dean (Dr. Bernie Jaworski) to join him in a high profile strategic branding project for one of the largest biotech firms in the world.

Describe your experience in the classroom and the caliber of the professors.
My experiences in the classroom have been filled with opportunities to be engaged in a variety of discussion that require students to think critically about issues. Topics are current and have a great degree of practical application. I came from a large undergraduate university, where professors simply lecture to crowds of 200-300 students for 3 hours. However, at CGU, class sizes are typically 25-30 students, where professors play less of a lecturer role, and are more of a facilitator for classroom discussion. Not only are you learning from your professors, but to a greater degree you are learning from the discussions you have with your fellow peers.

Describe the caliber of teaching at the Drucker School/CGU.
The caliber of the faculty is what makes the Drucker School and CGU as a whole an academically enriching institution. Not only do the faculty provide a first class education for their students, but are there to be your mentors who genuinely care about your professional development. The faculty here at CGU are an invaluable resource who can and will help guide you in the right direction as long as you put yourself out there in the first place.

What are your career goals?
Based on the skills and experiences CGU has provided me thus far, I plan to transition into a career in marketing research and consumer behavior analytics upon graduation. However, I ultimately want to be in a managerial position in the private sector where opportunities for learning and growth are perpetual.

How will your Drucker degree help you further your career?
On a fundamental level, the Drucker School has and will continue to bolster my ability to solve the world’s increasingly ambiguous issues using highly structured frameworks of analysis. More specifically, I am currently enrolled in the institute of the Practice of Management program here at Drucker, where we are receiving the theoretical foundations to eventually solve problems for high profile companies across the Inland Empire, Orange Counter, and greater Los Angeles areas.

Describe your internship experience.
I am currently working with team of 3 other MBAs led by faculty and management consulting professionals to deliver a branding strategy for a large biotech firm. This invaluable experience is providing me opportunities to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom towards solving a real-world issue that will significantly dictate how this biotech firm will market its products moving forward.

What are your favorite spots around Claremont?
The Village in downtown Claremont is a nice area to meet with friends for dinner or a movie. However, for those who are on a tighter student budget like myself, I tend to venture off to the Pomona and Upland areas, where there are a variety of sports bars with great happy hour deals and affordable meals.

What has been your most memorable experience at the Drucker School?
To date, my most memorable experience at the Drucker School is winning a (group) case study competition at the end of a three-day orientation seminar. All four members of my group, myself included, were each presented with a Kindle. To me, this symbolized a good start to the academic year.
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