When Manju Mathen started the Human Resource Development program, she worked for Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) as a patient care associate within the ophthalmology department. In July 2013, she was promoted to Academic Coordinator in the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Division, under the department of Family, Community, and Preventative Medicine. Mathen holds an undergraduate degree in Biology, and has always loved the sciences and healthcare, and she wanted to advance her career with additional knowledge of organizational structures and policies.
“I love how flexible the program is,” Mathen says. “It is possible for individuals who work full-time but still want to pursue a degree.”
Mathen also loved interacting with other students, which she found to be rich and engaging, even though she was taking her courses online.
“Just like with any class, you find a variety of students from different walks of life,” Mathen says. “Each semester is a new experience and a new opportunity to engage with different students.”
Mathen says although it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle as an online student, her instructors and advisors were always helpful and supportive.
Through her courses, Mathen has gained insight to see through the lens of organizational development and change. Her classes taught her to appreciate the tools used in training and development, talent management, and performance improvements.
“Taking courses toward my master’s in HRD has helped me become a better leader and see the University and all the departments on a larger scale,” Mathen says.
Although she has not yet decided specifically what she wants to do with her degree after graduation, Mathen knows she wants to stay in a healthcare institute where she can utilize her love for the sciences and apply her knowledge of business and education.