Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.
Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.
The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Barnard Hill Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.
Monroe's Queens Extension Center is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.
To stand out in today’s competitive market, you need to be in control of your personal brand. Your image, as you present it to the outside world, including potential employers and clients is critical to your success. Your personal brand is the sum of your public identity, from your social media profiles to your professional experience to the way you talk and dress.
The 5 A’s of Personal Branding are Attitude, Actions, Aspirations, Affiliations, and Abilities. These are the building blocks for forming and maintaining the powerful personal brand that only you can create for yourself.
Attitude is the first thing people notice when they meet you. Maintain a professional attitude by dressing and speaking professionally. Arrive on time and well prepared for all meetings and interviews. Show respect for your peers and supervisors. Use only correct spelling and grammar. Highlight the greatest aspects of your personality by acting with positivity, confidence and humility and show pride and passion for your work. In other words, be yourself, but be your best self!
Actions speak louder than words, so back up what you are trying to tell others about yourself in a real, concrete way. In your workplace and in your classes, it is important to consistently produce high-quality work that demonstrates your skills — don’t try to coast or take shortcuts! Engage in activities that show your commitment to your chosen field and to your community. Working with volunteer and community service organizations provides opportunities that can help you grow personally and professionally. These steps will increase the credibility of your personal brand and help you succeed.
Aspirations are a major driving force in reaching your potential. Employers want to know that you have goals for yourself, especially goals that align with their company’s needs. Do you have a clear idea of what you want to do when you graduate? Counselors can help you decide on a career path or assist you in creating a plan to attain your dream job. Connect with successful Monroe alumni and others in your chosen profession to find out how they got where they are. Dream big, but make sure to prepare yourself academically and professionally to achieve your goals.
Your affiliations with other people and organizations have a profound influence on you and your personal brand. People’s actions, behaviors and practices are contagious, so be sure to surround yourself with friends with high moral and ethical standards. Spend time with people who are happy, positive and passionate! Get involved with student groups, clubs, and activities that relate to your major and/or areas of interest. Reach out to successful Monroe Alumni and network with others in your chosen profession using social media sites such as LinkedIn.
The abilities that you will gain during your time at Monroe College are vital to crafting a strong personal brand. You will learn many of the skills you need to succeed in your desired field. Monroe will also help you develop traits that are essential to being successful at work. You will learn how to manage your time and stay organized, work both independently and as part of a team, and synthesize and critically analyze complex data. Monroe’s Career Services can help you develop these abilities even further with valuable internship and job placements in your field. Remember: hands-on experience helps you to clearly distinguish yourself from your peers!