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InSight Program:

Comprehensive Career & Personal Finance Education

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At Champlain, we don't leave your career readiness and financial well-being up to chance.

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.   

InSight is a series of workshops, seminars, field experiences, and coaching sessions focusing on your personal finances and career positioning. The program—along with the Core curriculum and your major—is an integral part of Champlain's multidimensional career-focused education. 

Over four years, InSight will make sure you:

  • articulate your personal value proposition
  • develop essential skills in personal finance
  • create a student loan repayment plan before you graduate
  • become equipped to successfully transition straight from college into your future career

Personal Finance & Career Education are at the heart of the Champlain experience 

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Personal Finance Track

A key component to success in the real world is the ability to make smart decisions with money. That's why we make sure all Champlain students graduate with four years of practical, hands-on learning specifically in managing their personal finances.

Starting in your first semester, you begin learning fundamental personal finance skills. Over the course of your education, you will learn how to negotiate your salary (including benefits and evaluation of compensation packages), create and follow a budget, establish credit, manage debt,  invest your money, and more.

You will also create the following: 

  • 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.

Read Stability, Well-being, and Independance—The Lifelong Benefits of Financial Education on The View.

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Career Positioning Track

What is career readiness and why should you care? Career positioning is a more expansive, holistic, and effective approach to career preparation than the traditional "career development."  It's about understanding what employers are looking for, and presenting yourself as a compelling candidate.

Even before you arrive, you will start learning these important career positioning skills through the InSight program. Why? We start preparing you immediately to be marketable so you can land the best internships. Over the course of your four years at Champlain, you will continue to hone the skills that will set you apart in the marketplace.

By graduation, you will produce a:

  • Career profile with a competency-based statement of your skills;
  • Professional resume 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?"

 Read How Career Positioning Helps You Launch Into Your Chosen Field on The View.

Expansive Career & Personal Finance Learning

When it comes to understanding how to manage your career, promote your own brand, and develop solid financial practices, it's simply not enough to take one class or have one experience.

You need years of multifaceted experiential learning.

That's what the InSight program is all about.

Career ED*Ventures

Thanks to the Champlain College Career Collaborative's extraordinary network of career partners, you'll go on sight to global companies, learn how different industries function, pitch ideas, connect with alumni business leaders, and learn from the greatest minds in business, education, and nonprofit organizations.

Career Fairs

Champlain College hosts some of the largest, best attended Career Fairs in the state of Vermont. During the Fall and Spring Career & Internship Fairs, you are able to connect with professionals to discuss: full-time jobs, internships, part-time jobs, seasonal jobs, professional development opportunities, employer information, and alumni connections.

Career & Financial Peer Coaches

Peer Coaches are your career and financial mentors throughout the four-year InSight program. They help you locate programs and resources that align with your career aspirations and work with you to refine your career marketing and finance skills.

JUST THE FACTS

94% Employed


94% of Class of 2018 students are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

91% Career-Relevant


Of those employed, 91% of the Class of 2018 are already in positions related to their career goals (within just six months of graduation).

92% Hands-On


Class of 2018 graduates completed one or more career-relevant, hands-on learning experiences during their time at Champlain. Some students will take on as many as five internships. 

What the World Is Like With a Bit of InSight

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Annual Sophomore Summit

Each fall, the Career Collaborative hosts Sophomore Summit, which includes a full day of career-related activities, panels, and workshops that will take your career and financial preparation to the next level. You'll network with alumni, build your professional resume, create your LinkedIn profile, and start working on your credit action plan!

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The Game of Life

In this live-action game, you will be challenged to make financial decisions about everyday things—from food to car payments to unexpected pet bills. This budget simulation is a low-pressure way for you to explore what your financial life may look like after college, based on a starting salary tied to your major, priorities, and lifestyle. 

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