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Career Preparation a Focus at Berkeley College in Paramus
It’s never too early to begin planning and preparing for your career. That’s one of the big takeaways for new students during orientation at Berkeley College in Paramus.
“During that first meeting we discuss with new students the correlation between their college experience and a professional career,” said Rosa Santana, Career Services Counselor in Paramus. “We remind them that being a responsible student - getting to class on time and turning in assignments on deadline - helps prepare them for success in the workplace.”
Career counselors offer assistance throughout college experience
Students are encouraged to stay connected with their career counselors throughout college. In Paramus, the Career Services Department is conveniently located just down the hall from the Student Center, and students often stop in to visit Ms. Santana between classes. She offers assistance and guidance in drafting resumes, applying for internships and jobs, social media networking, smart approaches to career searches, and improving interview skills.
“Many students are interested in doing mock interviews,” Ms. Santana said. “When these students are too comfortable with me, I schedule interviews with a counselor they don’t know from another campus. This sets up a more realistic experience for students and enables me to provide them with valuable feedback.”
Internships are a requirement for graduation at Berkeley College and students can begin interning in their last two quarters. The goal of career counselors is to match students with the most rewarding and beneficial internship opportunities.
Strong relationships with employers offer more job opportunities for students
“The career counselors and business developers at Berkeley College have built relationships with many employers, and we post their internship and job openings on Berkeley Connect,” Ms. Santana said. “We encourage students to apply for suitable positions and we follow up with employers to act as student advocates.”
Throughout the year, students benefit from one-on-one recruiting with employers who visit the campus in Paramus. The College also hosts panel discussions featuring professionals from different fields such as criminal justice, accounting, and marketing. Students are invited to ask questions following the discussion, and also have an opportunity to network with the panelists. In addition, Paramus students are shuttled to the College’s Woodland Park campus to attend career fairs. Ms. Santana meets with her students before they enter the career fair to offer last-minute encouragement and networking tips.
“The most rewarding part of my job is when my students are truly happy with their job placements,” Ms. Santana said. “Just knowing that they got their education here at Berkeley College and that we helped them get started in their careers is such a great feeling.”
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