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Berkeley College alumna worked closely with the Career Services Department throughout her time in school.
Career Services Guidance Helps Student Land Dream Job
Jazzlyn Feliciano celebrating her graduation at the 2015 Berkeley College Commencement ceremony with her father, retired Army Captain Flor Feliciano.
Jazzlyn Feliciano sat down with a career counselor her first week as a freshman student at Berkeley College and asked for guidance in laying the groundwork for her future career. Ms. Feliciano believes that this early preparation paid off when she was offered her “dream job” as a Business and Strategic Analyst with JPMorgan Chase. She will relocate to Dallas in September to take on her new role.
“At that first meeting, the counselor told me that I needed to be proactive in preparing for my future,” said Ms. Feliciano, an Honors Scholar who graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. “She advised me to find ways to shine and to take advantage of every opportunity while I was at college.”
Ms. Feliciano took that advice to heart. She excelled in academics and was invited to join the Berkeley College Honors Program. She was the founder and president of the Berkeley College Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society. In addition, Ms. Feliciano, who is bilingual, is a member of the Association of Latino Professionals For America.
Practice makes perfect
Following the advice of her career counselor, Ms. Feliciano began attending Berkeley College Career Fairs as a freshman and got an early start on networking with recruiters and employers. As a sophomore, she enrolled in the Career Management Seminar, where she learned the importance of personal branding on social media and practiced interviewing techniques.
Ms. Feliciano reached out to the contacts she made at the career fairs and went on numerous interviews to practice her skills. She held a number of jobs while pursuing her degree. She was a sales associate at Vector, a receptionist at a KIA Auto dealership, and for the past two years she has worked as a telemarketer at Allstate Insurance. In addition, she served as an administrative assistant in the Berkeley College Office of Communications and External Relations.
When she was called to interview at JPMorgan Chase, Ms. Feliciano scheduled one more practice interview with a Berkeley College career counselor. She came away armed with important feedback and tips, including encouragement to keep a smile on her face during the interview to help hide any nervous energy.
“I had four interviews in one day for my new job – I kept my smile on the whole time!” Ms. Feliciano said.
Career success is a product of individual achievement and will vary from person to person.