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Jocelyn Russo

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."

Up Close with Jocelyn Russo

What does success mean to you?

Success means that every day I work toward my goals, I’m being productive, proactive and staying motivated as a daily routine. There is no amount of money that equals success. It is an internal feeling that comes to you as you achieve each higher level.

Success is also a reflection of who we surround ourselves with, how we treat our peers, and what we do to give back. Striving for success is what I do to increase my profitability and grow my business.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

Berkeley College had a vast selection of choices to study. The proximity to my home, and the staff who helped me from day one, were other reasons to enroll. Everyone was so helpful, which allowed me to reach my goals.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley College encourages self-sufficiency, which helped me grow. It gave me more responsibility to find out the answers for myself and to collaborate with other students to achieve a goal.

In which ways do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I am always growing and learning about new business ventures. Purchasing real estate and growing my business to exponential levels will give me the success to achieve my goals. I would also like to succeed in developing housing and commercial properties.

What advice would you give to college-bound students?

Believe in yourself, follow your dreams, and ask for help. People who are successful want to help others be successful. Your circle of friends influences you daily. Always be positive and continue to aim high.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

The day I received my fashion marketing fabrics booklet, I thought I was never going to finish it. It was huge! However, my Textiles teacher helped me and I had guidance from my peers. We worked together and when I completed that book, I felt such a strong accomplishment. To this day I still have that book!