Thursday, September 1, 2016

Peirce College Success Story: Meet Carl

This week on the blog, we’re getting to know some of the faces featured in Peirce College’s current advertising campaign. Today, meet Carl!

Tell us how you first heard about Peirce College.

I had first noticed Peirce College from their advertisements around the city on buses, bus stops, etc. I knew very little about the school aside from the fact that it was the only ABA approved school in the area for Paralegal Studies bachelor’s degrees. I decided to do some research on Peirce College and had an on-campus interview.

What made you decide to return to school to get your certificate in Paralegal Studies?

After college, I worked for two years but was laid off.  I felt like I was in a rut, so I started to explore certificate options that would pair nicely with my Bachelor's Degree in American History and make me a little more marketable to employers.  Peirce has a long history of career focused degrees, and with it also being an ABA approved school, it seemed like the best fit.

What was your student experience like at Peirce?  

Class sizes were intimate enough to be personal, and the professors were all passionate. Glenn Barnes and Carol Sherman were professors who I had multiple classes with early on, and they left remarkable impressions on me.  Their classrooms were a great combination of humor and learning.

How did Peirce’s curriculum prepare you for a real world career as a paralegal?

It gave me a great foundation for my career as a paralegal.  In the legal field, all cases, venues, and locations are different and have their own nuances. You can’t really learn the specifics of every situation, so you really need to understand the legal system, know how to find information, and be able to analyze that information.  Peirce College gave me the ability to do that.

How has the certificate you earned at Peirce made a difference in your career?

I currently work as a paralegal at a law firm in Philadelphia. Peirce helped prepare me with a strong understanding of all legal systems, as well as the research that would be required of me.  My time at Peirce definitely helped prepare me for what I would eventually be doing.

What advice would you give to adults who need to earn their degree and are thinking about going back to school?

It doesn’t have to be difficult; it can be as easy as you make it.  If you apply yourself fully, you can complete the required classes as quickly as possible and get up-and-running with your new career. Don't wait! Be enthusiastic. Want to learn.

What’s next for you?

I love my job. Since graduating from Peirce, I’ve had multiple opportunities for promotions and my
quality of life has definitely improved. I see myself continuing to be a paralegal for quite some time.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Carl! Keep an eye out for Carl as you ride SEPTA regional rail lines or PATCO.

To find out how you can experience the Peirce Difference, click here.