FIDM Grad: Mario Hollands

Grads share their career success stories

Mario Hollands

Merchandising & Marketing
Philadelphia Phillies Relief Pitcher

It was very hard, a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. "

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Mario Hollands recently earned his Merchandise Marketing through FIDM's eLearning Program.

Hollands typically had four online FIDM classes each quarter, and the classes varied from group projects that required giving presentations through an interactive classroom online to a final in his merchandise math class that was timed and allowed for only one attempt. Some of Hollands' classes required a mix of both 10-week-long projects and tests. "I had to grind it out, really," Hollands said. "It was very hard, a lot harder than I thought it was going to be." 

Hollands wants to use his Merchandise Marketing degree after his baseball career is finished, finding a job as an assistant merchandiser or assistant buyer to start off. Although he completed his last class in December, Hollands isn't anticipating a low-key offseason this year. He plans to have an internship during the offseason, hopefully in New York, Philadelphia or somewhere in California, and expects to begin applying for internships in June.

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