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Dana Farley is a Berkeley College graduate

Berkeley College Helps Graduate Build Confidence for Growing Career in Human Resources



Dana Farley was 17 years old when he began taking courses at Berkeley College in Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ. He credits this time for helping him build the confidence he needed to grow in a professional setting, even when he struggled. “There was one accounting class in particular I remember having trouble with during the first few weeks,” Mr. Farley said. “After having a deep conversation with my professor, I was encouraged to never give up and work hard at everything I do.”

A resident of Neptune, NJ, Mr. Farley graduated from Berkeley College in 2012 with a B.S. in Human Resources. He went on to earn his Master’s degree in Public Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015. That same year, he began working as a site supervisor for an after-school program for children between the ages of 4 and 12 at the YMCA in Matawan, NJ. “I was excited to start working for the YMCA because I knew I would be making a difference in my community,” he said.

While working there, Mr. Farley began talking to one of the program’s parents about his aspirations for a career in the human resource field. That particular parent worked at a Data Backup and Recovery I.T. company in Tinton Falls, NJ, called Commvault, and encouraged Mr. Farley to apply for an opening in the Human Resources department. In August 2016, Mr. Farley was hired by Commvault as a Human Resources Coordinator.

“That is why it is so important for people to network and get to know new people, because you never know who can help you achieve great success,” Mr. Farley said.

Up Close with Dana Farley

What does success mean to you?
Success means that someone wakes up every morning with nothing but joy in their heart about what they are doing for a living.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?
Berkeley College immediately stood out to me as a school that focuses on building relationships and working together as a family to ensure a successful outcome to everyone associated with Berkeley College.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?
Berkeley College taught me how to be independent, responsible, and professional, which are all key attributes in today’s corporate America.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?
I see myself holding a Human Resources position at an executive level in my current company or one similar. I will take my knowledge and share it with the generations to follow to ensure that young Human Resource professionals have a mentor.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?
My advice is simply do not give up by any means. There was a point in time when I thought school was too time-consuming and overbearing, and briefly took the summer off. However, I quickly realized that stopping classes made me unfocused and lethargic, and that education was too beneficial to my future to give up. That realization kept me motivated and eager to graduate.

Even if you don’t fully understand something, there are always ways to improve your skills. This concept is true in today’s corporate world. With technology changing at a rapid pace, there are always new ideas to help people become more innovative and inventive.