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Jazzlyn Feliciano, Berkeley College alumna

Graduate Who Built Business Club at Berkeley College Becomes Rising Star at JPMorgan Chase



Jazzlyn Feliciano, Berkeley College alumna


Jazzlyn Feliciano graduated from Berkeley College in 2015 with Honors, earning a B.A. degree in Business Administration. Before graduating, though, she founded the Berkeley College Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL). As president, Ms. Feliciano helped lead the club to victory at the State Leadership Conference at Rutgers Business School in March of 2015, winning the Business Ethics – Performance Event competition and placing third in the Business Presentation – Performance Event.

While earning her degree and leading the FBLA-PBL, Ms. Feliciano held roles at healthcare company Care One and Allstate Insurance agency. After receiving her degree, she landed her “dream” job at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Dallas, TX. As part of the Chase Leadership Development Program, Ms. Feliciano provides account maintenance support for many of the company’s largest managed clients such as Marriott, Starbucks, and Rite Aid.

Ms. Feliciano credits her ability to succeed at JPMorgan Chase & Co. to the Career Services Department at Berkeley College. Not only did her career counselors encourage her to be proactive and strengthen her networking skills at Berkeley College Career Fairs; they also helped her with building confidence.

“I remember how at times I didn’t feel confident, and this lack of confidence came through during practice job interviews with my career counselors,” Ms. Feliciano said. “However, when my advisor, Earl Brown, interviewed me for my final mock interview (before going into my interviews with JPMorgan Chase & Co), I made sure to keep a smile on my face and maintain eye contact, because he told me those expressions would show my confidence.”

Up Close with Jazzlyn Feliciano

What does success mean to you?

To me, success means being able to feel accomplished about the future goals I set for myself.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

I was inspired to enroll in Berkeley College when I attended a scholarship ceremony that I was invited to and heard Professor Michael McAteer (who became one of the faculty advisors of the Berkeley College Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda) speak about the business program. I really enjoyed the professors I met that night, and felt I had an opportunity to shine at this school because there were so many levels of independent growth I knew I could gain.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley College prepared me for success the minute I stepped into the Career Services Department and had the opportunity to speak to advisers about my goals and plans.
Berkeley College also gave me the opportunity to meet many public officials, including Congressional representatives and senators, other leaders who inspired me to do more. There were just so many opportunities the Student Development and Campus Life (SDCL) Department gave to students to stay involved.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself being successful in leading and managing a team.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

I would advise all college-bound students to take advantage of every opportunity SDCL gives students, and always stay involved by joining different clubs, even if the clubs have nothing to do with their majors. Keeping an open mind about different things will bring you brand new relationships, either in your major or maybe something you never knew you would be interested in. I believe in always showcasing yourself in the best way possible. You want to be that person that everyone can count on.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

My most memorable moment at Berkeley College was being able to start the most successful business club for my college. Without the help of my professors and SDCL, FBLA-PBL would have never been in Berkeley College. I just remember so many doubts people had about starting a new organization, but I kept a positive attitude and my advisor was superb at not letting me think negatively and making things happen. Having the opportunity to raise money for events, competitions, and travel was my favorite part! It was a team effort and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my peers, my advisor, and the departments that supported our club.