Faculty Q&A: Erica Alpert, Experiential Education & Career Management
May 8, 2019
Erica Alpert teaches internship-related courses at LIM College while also working as a Talent Acquisition Manager at the dress company Faviana International.
What type of courses do you teach?
My courses are geared toward helping LIM students succeed in their internships. In Industry Exploration Seminar, I prepare students for their first internship by helping them develop their resumes, prepare for interviews, and explore various career options in the fashion business. Another course, Industry Exploration Retail Internship, enables students to develop their skills in sales, customer service, and visual merchandising, while reflecting on how the brand meets the customer. The Senior Co-Op Prep course includes seminars led by industry professionals and mock interviews that simulate real job interviews.
How does your professional experience infuse what you do in class?
Using my professional experiences at Faviana that involve hiring interns and full-time employees in marketing, public relations, product development, and design, I help students understand and develop the skills that employers are seeking in each of those fields. I’m also able to recommend specific software programs and technology that students should learn in order to be competitive and stay up-to-date on industry standards and trends.
How would you describe LIM students?
LIM students are motivated and talented individuals who are upcoming industry leaders. They are eager to learn about business trends and career opportunities. One of their most significant areas of interest is how they can apply the knowledge they acquire through coursework to the workplace. They have positive attitudes and are ambitious, which plays a key role in landing their first positions.
What professional advantages does an LIM education confer?
An LIM education offers significant advantages in career development and networking because it reinforces the importance of industry experience through challenging internship requirements. As a result, students graduate with confidence in the skills they developed in class and in the workplace. Many students also stay connected to their internship supervisors, which can lead to referrals and full-time positions.