John Bohling, BS Industrial Technology ’13 (Purdue University), is an IT manager at Blue Horseshoe, a logistics and supply chain company in Carmel, Indiana. Bohling manages a team of two and a seasonal intern.
“Managing the IT department can look vastly different on a day-to-day basis,” said Bohling. “A large part of my role is steering the vision regarding IT on a larger scale. Our department frequently looks for ways to enhance efficiencies in the tech space while also meeting the needs of our colleagues who might be experiencing issues.”
Question: What inspired you to complete your bachelor's degree at Purdue Polytechnic Vincennes?
Bohling: While I was getting my computer networking degree, I was trying to decide what my next steps were in life. One of my good friends was on the verge of graduating from the Purdue Polytechnic program and he told me how great the program was. After looking into it more myself, it seemed like a great fit for my career aspirations. The classes were interesting and I ended up learning more from them than I could have imagined. I am glad and thankful that I discovered this degree through Purdue because it positioned me for long-term career success.
Question: What were some of your favorite classes as an undergrad?
Bohling: I really enjoyed all of my classes. Having Dr. Tanoos as a professor made learning interesting. Dr. Tanoos has some fantastic learning techniques that helped prepare me for real-world work experience.
One of my favorite things about classes was there wasn't a ton of homework. This gave me time to get involved in other things on campus, which helped me build my resume. It also allowed me to have well-rounded skills while being involved in extracurricular activities.
Question: What were some worthwhile experiences from your undergraduate classes?
Bohling: Every day was a worthwhile experience. I learned something every day. I learned how to develop my speaking skills in some classes. In other classes, I learned different skills to handle different situations. After going to classes every day and putting all my hard work into this Purdue program, I feel extremely rewarded.
Question: How has the value of a Purdue degree helped you out?
Bohling: Purdue was a perfect fit. It was reasonably priced, so I could afford to pay for all my schooling without having any loans. My Purdue degree paid for itself in my first year of work. That is a very fast return on investment and a huge benefit after graduating! I couldn’t be in the position I am in today if it weren’t for the Purdue degree.
Question: What advice would you give to a current undergraduate student?
Bohling: I have pushed many friends in the direction of the Purdue degree. I would recommend this for anyone in the technology field. I have already had one of my close friends from high school go through the Purdue degree. I recently talked another friend into signing up. There are so many good reasons to further your education with the Purdue degree.