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Berkeley College Helps Graduate Transition from Fashion to Real-Estate Career
Jocelyn Russo graduated from Berkeley College in 2009 with a B.S. in Fashion Marketing and Management. However, during an internship Berkeley College Career Services helped arrange for her with fashion forecasting company The Doneger Group, Ms. Russo realized the fashion industry wasn’t the right fit for her.
“Running my own business, and being able to create a company that followed my own professional values, was the ultimate goal,” said Ms. Russo, a resident of Totowa, NJ. “The experience I had during that internship made me better understand exactly what I did and didn’t want from a career.”
Determined to grow as a businesswoman, Ms. Russo turned to real estate. She attended the Weichert School of Real Estate in 2011, and has worked as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker in northern New Jersey for the past four years, even recruiting Berkeley College students for internship opportunities. She is also President of the Young Professionals Network for the North Central Jersey Association of REALTORS®.
Despite changing career paths, Ms. Russo still credits her time taking courses at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, with preparing her for a successful career as a businesswoman. “Berkeley College encourages self-sufficiency, which helped me grow,” she said. “It gave me more responsibility to find out the answers for myself and to collaborate with others to achieve a goal."