MPS Student Profile: Alyssa Negron, Class of 2017

Alyssa Negron, now a student in LIM College’s master’s degree program in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, fully expected to have a career in social work. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, she enrolled in a master’s program in social work at Long Island University.

During her first year she interned for the New York City Council, District 2, on the Lower East Side and witnessed a lot of social issues that were unable to be resolved.

“No matter how hard I worked, situations were out of my control, and I wasn’t able to accept that,” she explains.

By the end of her first semester Alyssa had lost interest in her social work studies. Yet she was very interested in her a part-time job at Bloomingdale’s in SoHo.

Her brother, who at the time was a human resources intern for Jonathan Adler, suggested that Alyssa do some research on LIM College, as he had great success in hiring LIM students to work and/or intern for the company.

Making the change was a difficult decision. Alyssa had a lot to consider, including financial issues, her graduation timeline, and potential future income. But the minute she decided to move forward with a career in fashion retail, Alyssa says, she didn’t look back.

“LIM welcomed me with open arms and I have been able to make connections with so many professionals and faculty, ” she says.

A month ago Alyssa began a job as an assistant buyer with The Cut, a designer brand off-price concept from Sears Canada. She accepted this position after gaining experience as a marketing intern at Jordache Enterprises and as a sales/merchandising/marketing intern with JED Group, LLC, as well as a part-time position within the Footlocker corporate office as a buyer support professional.

Alyssa’s LIM career advisor referred her to an LIM Fashion Industry Advisory Board member who was looking for interns to work at The Cut.

She says, “Immediately, I was called for an interview. Not even a minute in, I was offered a full-time role as an Assistant Buyer. It was a dream come true and I can honestly say that I am absolutely in love with my career.”