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Alumnus of the Year Balances Distance Learning with Investment Banking Career
Cecilia Perez has spent the past 23 years professionally evolving at investment bank Goldman Sachs, where she is currently a Vice President within the Legal Department in Manhattan. She credits the knowledge she obtained while attending Berkeley College for helping her advance in the investment banking world.
Ms. Perez earned an A.A.S. degree from Berkeley College’s Professional Secretarial program in 1985 while taking courses in Midtown Manhattan. After earning her paralegal certification from New York University, she began working at a law firm before joining the legal department of Goldman Sachs.
“One of the biggest challenges I face is prioritizing, as everyone needs everything yesterday,” Ms. Perez said. “Berkeley College taught me that the key to these situations are communication, having the confidence to speak with different people you work with, and to get additional clarification on what the priorities are.”
While still working in the legal department at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Perez is taking classes through Berkeley College Online®, and will earn a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration – Management in December 2016. The final motivation to go back to school came shortly after receiving the New York Alumna of the Year Award from Berkeley College in 2012.
“I knew that at some point I wanted to go back to school, but as they say, life got in the way,” said Ms. Perez, who was balancing a career in investment management while raising two children. “After my kids got older, I realized it was time for me to go back to school. Online classes were the only way that I could accomplish this, as my work hours are long and unpredictable. I found the best way to balance school, work and a full-time job is organization.”