Earning a Business Degree at DePaul: Hear from an Alum

09 April 2021
DePaul alum poses looking at camera in coffee shop

Dong Hyun (Paul) Han came to the USA from Seoul, South Korea to enroll as an undergraduate student at DePaul University. He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) degree in Marketing and was a member of the Marketing Honors and Sales Leadership programs at DePaul. Paul describes his time at DePaul and that the university experience helped him succeed as he pursued a business degree.

Why did you choose to study at DePaul?

DePaul has a strong international reputation for business and music programs, and I was offered a scholarship — so it was an ideal choice for me (I majored in business but also played in the orchestra). DePaul is also widely known for providing real-world education — blending theory with practical examples. Furthermore, DePaul is recognized for producing talents that are ready for the real-world — which means there are numerous organizations that are hiring DePaul students for internship and jobs. Fortunately, during my time at DePaul, I was able to intern for a Fortune 100 company and a world-renowned symphony orchestra.

What did you most enjoy about your studies at DePaul? Did you have a favorite class or professor? If so, what did you like most about that class or professor?

I enjoyed the practical aspects of DePaul education the most — especially in my business courses. Almost every one of them was filled with guest speakers, group projects and presentations, and opportunities to build hands-on experiences. During my time at DePaul, my favorite class was the Marketing Honors (IME) program; in this yearlong cohort program, I got to work on market research and brand consulting group projects for reputable companies. Not to mention the co-directors of the program were genuinely interested in helping me to succeed as a business professional and as an individual. Upon completion of the program, I was a well-rounded marketing graduate who was ready to enter the industry.

What was it like to move from your home country to Chicago? Did you find it to be a difficult transition? What helped you the most?

It was quite an experience to move across the world — especially since I had to face language and cultural barriers. However, I quickly adapted as I got involved in student groups at school and the business community in the Chicagoland area. Being a proactive student who took initiatives and built a network helped the most.

What are you doing now? What is your job? What do you like about it?

Currently, I am working as general affairs assistant for Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety — in place of my 2-year military service requirement. I feel honored that I am taking a part in helping to protect the health and wellness of people in Korea. After completing the service, I am hoping to work in market research or category management.

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