Berkeley College Graduate Finds Dream Career through Fusion of Fashion and Business

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016
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Berkeley College graduate Melissa DiRubba says her passion has always been fashion, though she did not have the artistic talent to be a designer. She thought she could enter the fashion industry by pursuing a degree in general business, but wasn’t happy with that path either. 

The resident of Putnam Valley, NY, said she discovered the perfect combination when she enrolled in the Fashion Merchandising and Management program at Berkeley College. 

“I’ve always loved fashion, but my strengths come more from the business side,” she said. “When I learned that there was a program that had both, it was a home run for me.” 

Ms. DiRubba, 22, earned a BBA in Fashion Merchandising and Management in June 2015. During her time at Berkeley College, she served an internship with EX OVO, a jewelry company in Harlem, NY, where she worked on product development. In September 2015, she was hired as a full-time Merchandising Assistant with NYGÅRD, an apparel manufacturer in New York City’s Garment District. 

“I would love to be in buying, and this company is teaching me everything I need to know,” she said. “I’m loving what I’m doing.” 

Ms. DiRubba credits Nancianne Esposito, Professor, Fashion, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®, with helping her on her journey. She said Ms. Esposito gave her career advice on and off campus, and even forwarded her resume to potential employers in the fashion industry. 

Ms. Esposito said one of her greatest joys as a professor is when she sees a student apply what they have learned in the classroom to their career. 

“Melissa DiRubba was a dedicated student who balanced school and work, and always had something interesting to add to the class discussion,” Ms. Esposito said. “I knew she would succeed beyond graduation, and I look forward to having her return to campus as an alumni speaker to inspire future graduates.” 

Ms. DiRubba said her definition of success is setting goals and being able to achieve them. She counts her degree and her new job among those achievements. 

“Another one of my goals was to love what I do,” she said. “When you’re enjoying what you’re learning, it just makes you so much more successful.”

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate 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 a Master of Business Administration degree 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 five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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Photo Caption: Berkeley College graduate Melissa DiRubba works as a Merchandising Assistant with NYGÅRD, an apparel manufacturer in New York City’s Garment District.

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