Career Flagship Program (formerly Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) program)

CHAMPLAIN'S COMPREHENSIVE CAREER & PERSONAL FINANCE EDUCATION

At Champlain, we don't leave your career readiness up to chance.

3-D Education Diagram

We believe that when you graduate from college you should not only have the skills to start your career, but you should also know how to market yourself, negotiate your salary and manage your finances.

Our four-year curriculum-embedded Career Flagship Program works together with your major and our liberal arts Core curriculum as part of your multidimensional career-focused education.

The program is designed to help you develop career readiness and key skills in personal finance that will equip you to successfully transition straight from college into your future career. You'll even create a student loan repayment plan before you graduate!

All undergraduate students at Champlain participate in the Career Flagship Program. And you'll get the opportunity to experience practical, hands-on learning through our career signature events, professional workshops (Career SMARTalks), company visits, employer information sessions, internships, field experiences and much more.

It's the equivalent of what other institutions would require for you to obtain a professional certificate-at no additional cost to you.


Get On Track For Your Future

Each year, you'll complete a series of required milestones focused in two key areas we call "tracks":  Career Positioning Track and Personal Finance Track.

Through these tracks, you will create personalized action plans to effectively market yourself to prospective employers and learn how to manage your personal finances. Along the way, you'll earn achievements that allow you to measure your success.

CAREER POSITIONING TRACK

You'll create a career marketing plan highlighting the unique talents and benefits that set you apart from other job candidates.
By graduation, you'll produce a:

  • Career profile with a competency-based statement of your skills;

  • Professional résumé and cover letter targeted to your position/career goals;

  • Up-to-date, polished LinkedIn profile;

  • 30-second "elevator" pitch that answers, "Why should we hire you?"

PERSONAL FINANCE TRACK

You'll learn fundamental skills in salary negotiation (including benefits and evaluation of compensation packages), budgeting, and debt and credit management.
By graduation, you'll have a:

  • Personal financial assessment report that marks your progress from first year to fourth year;

  • Budget allocation report based on projected salaries for careers related to your major;

  • Cost of living analysis based on geographic location of your prospective job;

  • Credit action plan identifying steps you can take to improve your credit profile and standing;

  • Personalized student loan repayment plan.

Like how this sounds? Schedule a visit to campus and learn more about how this unique program can set you apart!