Career Services Clothing Boutique at Berkeley College Showcases on WCBS-TV

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Earl Brown and Nayisid Cantillo, on WCBS Sunday Morning

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Berkeley College took the worry about dressing for success for its students away when it opened a Career Clothing Boutique in its Career Services department. The Boutique has become such a success that it was featured on WCBS News New York in a live segment that aired on February 24, 2019.  WCBS TV News New York co-host Cindy Hsu introduced the segment. “The job interview is your chance to make a great first impression on your potential employer, and dressing for success is a big part of the interview process,” she said. Kristine Johnson, co-host added, “It is amazing that it can make such a difference.”

“We want to instill the notion in students that your appearance has an impact on your confidence when preparing yourself for the interview,” said Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College in Newark, NJ, one of the first locations to open the Boutique.

At first, Berkeley College employees began bringing donations as the Career Services department wanted to integrate career dressing into the professional resources they offer students and alumni. Employers and other individuals also offered their assistance. The Career Clothing Boutique at Berkeley College in Newark was established in a highly visible space on the first floor and set up to simulate a retail shop.

“This location showcases Career Services and the boutique,” said Mr. Brown. “Now more students stop by and feel more at ease in a setting that is like a retail environment.”

Nayisid Cantillo, Berkeley College Career Counselor, knows firsthand the difference the boutique can make. A student she recently dressed in professional clothing – pants, shirt and a jacket – ended up landing the job opportunity. “As soon as she had the clothing, you saw the transformation,” Ms. Cantillo said.  “She felt more confident. That’s one of the things we want to be able to build in our students – that they pursue each job opportunity with confidence.”

After the broadcast, Ms. Rhodes said, “It’s not just how you dress that counts. Determination is key. Know your goal and stay focused on it. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you.”

 To read an article by Amy Soricelli, Vice President, Berkeley College Career Services, about dressing for success, click here.

To watch the WCBS-TV Sunday Morning News segment in its entirety, click here.

For more information about the Career Clothing Boutique, please call 1(800) 446-5400 or email Amy Soricelli, Vice President, Career Services at

Photo Caption: On the WCBS-TV Sunday Morning New York broadcast on February 24, 2019, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer Earl Brown (far left) and student Nadirah Rhodes of Newark discuss the positive impact the College’s Career Clothing Boutique on students with New York co-hosts Kristine Johnson (3rd from left) and Cindy Hsu (far right). “We want to instill the notion in students that your appearance has an impact on your confidence and preparing for your interview,” said Mr. Brown. Ms. Hsu introduced the segment by saying, “The job interview is your chance to make a great first impression on your potential employer, and dressing for success is a big part of the interview process.” Kristine Johnson, co-host added,“It is amazing that it can make such a difference.”

Berkeley College Career Services

Berkeley College has a full-service Career Services department comprised of more than 30 counselors dedicated to assisting students in identifying and pursuing internship and job opportunities. Career counselors instruct each student on the proper creation and usage of LinkedIn in order to get a competitive edge in the marketplace. In addition to accessing career attire, career services comprise resume and digital brand development, access to digital career-related platforms, career fairs and other business networking opportunities. Lifetime career assistance is available to Berkeley College alumni.

About Berkeley College

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is 

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