Career Spotlight: Drew Fischer, San Diego Padres

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Drew Fischer

Drew Fischer graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Economics and a minor in sociology.

What are you currently doing?

Currently I am an Account Executive for Membership Development in the front office of the San Diego Padres. 

How did you get to where you are today?

It all started back in the spring of 2012 while in my Math 115B class. Jeff Welter came into our class to talk about BNAD 200, a 1-unit class offered only Friday mornings. I decided to take the course because it was based around the interview process and how to become more prepared for the real world. That is where I met Pete Corrigan, who contributed a huge part to what I’m doing today. His background as well as enthusiasm for the class drew me in as a student. I met with him and sought guidance in the career center and, following his advice, was able to lock down an internship with the IRC and then a job in sales with Farmers Insurance. This experience and my passion for sports led to a job at Arizona in the Athletic Department doing outbound sales for all sports. Following that job, and guidance from another mentor in Marketing & Sponsorship at Arizona, I was able to get two interviews (one phone and another in person) with the San Diego Padres. With my past experience and readiness for the interview process I received an offer that was given to seven others in a pool of around 1,000 applicants. After six months of being in our Inside Sales Program I was at the top of my class in sales and revenue and was promoted to Account Executive for Membership Development. Had I not had the fire lit under me from Pete early on, I would not be where I am today.

What advice do you have for current students?

Start to think about your future before your future becomes your reality. It took one small step for me to get on the path to where I am today. Looking back, it was such a small decision to take BNAD 200 but was also a catalyst for everything else that subsequently happened. I highly recommend getting some type of mentor in both the field that you’re interested in as well as someone like Pete who has a wide range of knowledge in the professional world. It’s all about who you know and the more people you know, the more doors will open up for you.