FAQs about the Career Flagship Program (Formerly LEAD)

What is the Career Flagship Program?

The Career Flagship Program is a four-year career and personal finance education, which is built in to the curriculum students in all majors receive—and is the third integrated part of your multidimensional, career-focused education, alongside your major and the Core.

The Career Flagship Program allows you to step outside the traditional classroom setting and experience practical, hands-on learning through our career signature events, as well as in professional workshops (Career SMARTalks), seminars, lectures, company visits and employer information sessions.

Each year, you’ll complete a series of required milestones focused in two key tracks: Career Positioning and Personal Finance. Through these tracks, you will create personalized action plans to effectively market yourself to prospective employers and learn how to manage your personal finances. You'll gain lifelong skills and be able to measure your success by earning achievements along the way.

What is LEAD?

The Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) is the former name of the Career Flagship Program. Just like LEAD, the Career Flagship Program works together with your major and our liberal arts Core curriculum as part of your integrated career-focused education.

Why did LEAD change to the Career Flagship Program?

We evolved LEAD to ensure our students will experience the most up-to-date, cutting-edge career and personal finance education available today.

Who participates in the Career Flagship Program?

All traditional undergraduate students are enrolled the Career Flagship Program curriculum. (Transfer students will have a customized Career Flagship Program curriculum based on their expected graduation date.)

What will I get out of participating in the Career Flagship Program?

The Career Flagship Program will equip you with the career readiness and personal finance skills you need to successfully transition from Champlain into your future career.

The Career Positioning track will help you create personalized career marketing plan that highlights your unique talents to potential employers and sets you apart from other 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?”

The Personal Finance track teaches you fundamental skills that you can use negotiate a salary (including benefits and compensation packages), make a budget and manage your credit and debt.

By graduation you’ll create action plans to use to evaluate and manage your finances, including 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 to improve your credit profile and standing;
  • personalized student loan repayment plan.

Who is in charge of the Career Flagship Program?

The Career Flagship Program is brought to you by Champlain’s Career Collaborative, whose team works to continually evolve Champlain’s career development to be the most cutting-edge and up-to-date resources for students and alumni. The curriculum is facilitated by their Career Coaches and other staff as well as a group of trained student leaders called Peer Coaches (formerly Peer Advisors).

Can I become a Peer Coach?

Absolutely. You may be nominated by students, staff and faculty on campus, and you are also welcome to apply in January when we start marketing the position. Look for flyers on campus or a letter of invitation to apply in the mail.

I see LEAD courses on my schedule. Are they classes?

No, some of our workshops and activities are required just like your classes, which is why they show up on your schedule. However, unlike your major- or minor-specific courses, the times that these activities will take place will vary depending on your year and in the offerings available.

Check with a Peer Coach or in your Career Flagship Program course online on Canvas to learn about what specific milestones you need to complete each year and how.

If you have previously completed LEAD activities, you will continue to see the requirements on your transcripts as we make the transition from LEAD to the Career Flagship Program.

How do I complete my Career Flagship Program milestones?

You will have different milestones each year you are at Champlain. Check your Career Flagship Program course online on Canvas for a list of the specific milestones you are required to complete each year.

Some milestones involve attending a specific event, and others involve choosing from a list of offerings. Additionally, you may have to submit some deliverables, such as a résumé or cover letter. All the details are listed in your Canvas course outline with instructions on how to sign up for, attend and submit these deliverables.

Will I have to buy books for the Career Flagship Program?

No. Any required reading will be provided for you. All our activities are hands-on. Although, you may be required to write reflections or discuss an activity in order to get credit for your participation.

How will I find the time to participate in the Career Flagship Program?

Our milestones only require a few hours each year. If you are proactive, you’ll be able to sign up for the activities that best fit your schedule and interests, and our events and activities run on campus weekly. There are also many extra options for those students who want to get more involved.

What happens if I don't attend the assigned workshops/events?

You are required to complete a series of Career Flagship Program milestones each year. If you do not complete the requirements for the semester, you will not be allowed to register for classes the following semester.

Additionally, any late registration (regardless of the reason), charges a late fee charged to your account, so you will definitely want to complete your milestones in a timely fashion.

If you don't attend a workshop/event that you registered for, make sure you register for a different event that will meet the same requirement before the due date. Check in with a Peer Coach in the Career Collaborative office if you need help!

For more information about the Career Flagship Program, email:
careercollaborative@champlain.edu, or call 802.860.2720.