College of Business > News & Events > Full-Time MBA Helps Alumnus Make a Successful Career Transition
By Andrew Zamorski /
June 27, 2016 /
Posted in: College and Schools, Alumni, Students /
Making the decision to go back to school full time to pursue an advanced business degree is not one to be taken lightly. Neither is the decision to change career paths completely. These were two choices that Will Campbell (MBA '11) made.
After working in several different industries, Campbell, a former chemical engineer, realized his true passion was not on the operations side of the business, but on the corporate side — more specifically, human resources.
To make his passion a reality, Campbell put his career on pause and enrolled in DePaul University's full-time MBA program with a concentration in human resources.
Campbell, a husband and father of three, knew both the rewards and risks of quitting his job to go back to school. "It was an enormous decision," says Campbell, "But it was something that I knew I had to do. We made sacrifices, but I remained focused on the end result."
This decision paid off for Campbell, who was able to get a job in his new field at Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate company, soon after graduation. Four years after graduating, he was promoted to director of learning and development.
"I had a feeling that I made the right decision to go back to school the instant I submitted my application," says Campbell. "I knew what type of job I wanted and entered the program with that end goal in mind and a sense of excitement. I made the most out of every opportunity, whether it was in class, with the Kellstadt Career Center, or the many networking opportunities."
"As we grow older, we assume more responsibility ranging from home ownership to family accountabilities," says Marty Martin, associate professor of management at DePaul, who specializes in human resources. "As such, it is much more difficult to make a change and the risk is much higher if the change does not work out. But the reward of finding career fulfillment can make it worth the risk."
Learn more about the DePaul's Full-Time MBA Program.