Internships and Networking Key to Champlain Grads Finding Work in Their Chosen Field of Study

More than 90 percent of 2011 Champlain College bachelor degree graduates who answered the annual "Employment Survey" report they found employment within 12 months of graduation, according to the 2012 Champlain College Employment Report. Employment data for 86 percent of the graduating class was collected.

The annual survey, conducted by the Champlain College Career Services Office, also shows that more than half of the seniors who graduated in May 2012 had accepted a job offer or expected to begin a job soon after they received their diploma. Of those with jobs, 83 percent said their post-graduation employment is "very" or "somewhat" related to their career goals.

Helping to fuel those strong results, said Sarah Potter, assistant vice president of Career Services, was the fact that two-thirds of the respondents had worked at a relevant internship or job related to their major within the past year. Students credited that experience with helping to open the doors to interviews and job offers.

Champlain College, a private college established in 1878, offers a wide range of majors and areas of study in four divisions - Business, Communications and Creative Media, Education and Human Studies, and Information Technology and Sciences. In addition to its Burlington campus, it has full academic campus facilities in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain also offers undergraduate and graduate level online degrees for adult learners.

For the 2011 Champlain graduates surveyed a year after graduation, the results were even stronger when compared to national statistics. Eighty four percent of those responding secured employment that is relevant to their major — well above the national benchmark of 65 percent reported in the Rutgers University John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development's May 2012 report "Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession."

An overwhelming majority of responding 2011 alumni credited their education at Champlain with preparing well for their current jobs. Eight out of 10 respondents indicated that in comparison to their peer group from other colleges and universities, the career-focused education they received at Champlain College prepared them "well for success at work." Nearly 40 percent also indicated they had already been promoted from their original post-graduation job.

Opportunities Abound at Champlain

The employment indicators are significant, according to Ian Mortimer, Champlain College's vice president for Enrollment Management, because of the ongoing stiff competition for jobs from seasoned professionals in a tight job market. A Champlain graduate often attributes his or her early employment success to the many opportunities and strong educational foundation the College provided through internships, networking opportunities, up-to-date skills and social media training, and ongoing career services support system.

"Internships often turn into jobs because employers in Burlington and the region know first-hand the quality of our programs and our students," said David Strubler, dean of the Division of Business.

"We help our students find and delve into their passions from day one on campus and that continues right through their senior year. They leave Champlain well on their way to taking their first steps on a lifelong career path after graduation with the communication, critical thinking, teamwork and technology skills to adapt and be flexible in a changing workplace," Mortimer added.

"We tell our students that the keys to success are to stay focused, be persistent, take advantage of every Champlain opportunity and never give up on the pursuit of their dream job," Mortimer said. "Champlain's career counselors help students create a planned approach to the job search, and regularly follow up with contacts and applications. Employers want to see relevant experience and skills on your resume. It is important for graduates to remember that their professions and interests will change over time, so they must maintain focus on developing transferable skills and experience for a lifetime of strategic career management."

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit