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John Rivera Berkeley College Alumna

Alumna’s Successful Career in Banking Management Began at Berkeley College



John Rivera has been with People’s United Bank in White Plains, NY, since 2007, starting as an Assistant Vice President, Financial Services Manager, before securing his current role as Vice President, Market Manager. He credits his time at Berkeley College with preparing him for a successful banking management career.

A resident of Yonkers, NY, Mr. Rivera graduated from Berkeley College in 2006 with a B.B.A. in Business Administration – Management. “My management classes had more practical applications towards people management,” he said. “I was able to draw from that when I entered the workforce, making me a better manager.” He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management and Human Resources at Manhattanville College in 2012.

While still an undergraduate at Berkeley College, Mr. Rivera secured his first professional job with Citizens Bank in Yonkers, NY, as a Sales & Service Representative. He would eventually become an Assistant Manager at Citizens Bank before transitioning to People’s United Bank. Thanks to the Berkeley College Career Services department, Mr. Rivera felt prepared for his first job interview. “The staff did a mock job interview with me, and helped me tighten up my resume,” he said. “They were a real confidence-booster during the whole process.”

Up Close with John Rivera

What does success mean to you?
Simply put, success is following your aspirations, working hard to achieve them, and continually learning, growing, achieving, and inspiring others to do the same along the way.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?
What inspired me to enroll at Berkeley College was the practical program curriculum, convenient location, and proximity to the New York City area.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?
My experience at Berkeley was critical to my professional development. I not only learned many of the fundamental things needed in business, such as management, accounting, finance, technology, etc., but it also became an impetus for my personal development through relationships, academic presentations, and eventually, career placement.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?
I look forward to continuing to improve my network of connections and relationships, both professional and personal, and use these shared experiences as opportunities for growth. I also look forward to increasing my ability to inspire success in those I bring along on this journey with me.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?
Think of yourself as a brand. Always strive to do your best. Leverage your peers, faculty and others you connect with. Stretch yourself to try new experiences and have fun.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?
One of my most memorable moments at Berkeley College was working with the career placement office to prep for my first “real” interview.