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New Workshops Offer Alumni Ongoing Career Development Training
When Berkeley College alumni asked for more skill-based training from their alma mater, the Berkeley College Office of Alumni Relations jumped into action. In February, the College offered its first Alumni Institute Workshop in New York City. Workshop participants had a choice between two sessions; one focused on computer skills and the other on soft skills. In addition, alumni and guests enjoyed a networking luncheon and attended a special session on using social media as a career booster.
“We plan to offer these Alumni Institute Workshops once a quarter,” said Michael Iris, Berkeley College Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Online Career Services. “Not all of our alumni have access to career development through employers, and we think that the workshops are a great way to provide them with continuing education on skills that they can use every day in the workplace.”
Workshops feature a cross-section of presenters
The Alumni Institute Workshops will feature a cross-section of presenters from Berkeley College including professors, Career Services specialists, and associates with special skill sets.
“We also will invite alumni to do presentations. For example, someone who is a certified financial planner might be willing to speak on planning for retirement,” Mr. Iris said.
Carol Mott, who graduated from Berkeley’s Intensive Secretarial program in 1978, signed up for the soft skills portion of the February workshop. She practiced interviewing skills through role playing and came away with valuable information garnered not just from presenters, but also from younger alumni.
“Things have changed so much since I was interviewing for jobs, and it was great to hear what younger people had to say,” said Ms. Mott, who is an Office Manager and Staff Accountant at Barre & Company in Union, NJ. “I really enjoyed the workshop.”