Justin Holman is CEO of Aftermarket Analytics, where he leads efforts to develop cutting edge sales forecasting and inventory optimization technology for the Automotive Aftermarket. Prior to joining Aftermarket Analytics, Justin managed corporate consulting for the Strategy & Analytics division at MapInfo Corporation, leading major projects for retail clients including The Home Depot, Darden Restaurants, Bridgestone-Firestone, Sainsbury’s and New York & Company. Before that, Justin served as Vice President of Software Development at LogicTools, now part of IBM's supply chain application software group. Justin holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and an Executive Management certificate from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.


  • T S B 10 years ago

    I think things may be changing a bit, specifically due to the internet. More and more universities are offering online courses, specifically for graduate programs. Due to this many are making accommodations for prospective and attending students; GRE requirements and research are two points that I see institutions easing.

    Not all students are interested in research or gaining higher ed. employment, specifically tenure. Many see higher ed. with the same view as they saw the undergrad environment, to gain a degree/skill with which to gain employment, hopefully using said degree.

    I am a GIS grad student. My undergrad is in social studies education. I have zero prior experience in GIS. I wanted to change my career and life trajectory; grad school was the only viable option – it was now or never and with a family and responsibilities, I do not share the freedoms nor opportunities of a twenty-something freshly graduated with a bachelors. Furthermore, it had to be online. I found a school that did not require a GRE for admittance and offers a sound GIS program, that while requiring a capstone, is not necessarily research-centric. Yes, it’s more expensive for me, but the route you recommend was both not possible for me nor of interest to me. I have a year left and am on track to graduate with a MSGISc. Right now I am focusing on gaining employment using the GIS certificate and educational status as leverage/experience to find an entry-level position. It’s a tough slog, but I will succeed.

    • Justin 10 years ago

      Thanks for your comments! Yes, things are changing in many ways. What you describe is what I would consider a “professional” program as opposed to the research-oriented graduate school experience I was writing about above. For many, it’s much better to pursue studies with more of an applied focus because they have no intention of doing research or becoming a professor and this provides a more efficient path to a job. It sounds like you’re one of these people and I applaud your effort. I know..it is indeed a tough slog. For others I worry that on-line programs serve as a “fast-food” solution, tasty and filling near term but lacking adequate nutrition for the long haul. The key is knowing what you want after grad school. One size does not fit all. Best of luck! Justin

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