Chatham University Career Development

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Career Development Overview for Faculty & Staff

The Academic & Career Connection:

Faculty and Staff are integral partners to the Office of Career Development in incorporating the process of career development into academic activities inside and outside of the classroom. Faculty and Staff at Chatham recognize that the skills that make students successful academically are the same skills that employers seek in new graduates:

The Top 10 Personal Qualities and Skills Employers Seek in College Graduates*

  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Honesty/integrity
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Computer skills
  • Detail-oriented

*This information was gathered in the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2006 survey.

Faculty and Staff regularly incorporate course projects that engage students in the development and use of these skills and encourage students to keep samples of their course work that showcase these skills within a portfolio. Career-related discussions between faculty advisors and students take place from day one at Chatham to offer students suggestions and activities to investigate available career options. A guide to advising students in the career development process is available to faculty and staff by clicking on Documents in the sidebar menu.

Programmatic Skill Development:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to contact Career Development at careers@chatham.edu to offer updates on student outcomes for the courses taught and/or activities led. The Career Development office can assist students in highlighting these competencies and achievement on their resumes and within portfolios and interviews.

Career Development Events:

Recommending that students attend Career Development events will help assure that students take advantage of field-related networking and employment opportunities. Events are held on-campus and off-site and are advertised daily to faculty, staff, and the Chatham community through the Today at Chatham e-newsletter and online via My Chatham, NACElink, and individual emails.

Career Courses:

Career courses are available to students throughout the academic year. The Career Exploration course is recommended for students who are in the stage of exploring majors. Career Preparation, offered in Maymester, is targeted to students at the Sophomore level and above who are preparing to engage in internship and job searches.

What Can I Do With This Major? Resource:

Faculty and Staff may use the What Can I Do With This Major? resource on My Chatham to offer students advice and suggestions on appropriate majors, careers that can be obtained through various majors, and career preparation activities that students may engage in prior to graduation. Recommending that students set an appointment with the career development office for resume review, mock interviews, job search assistance, graduate school planning, and individualized career counseling will provide students with customized assistance in achieving career goals. Please click on the Student Referral link on the sidebar menu of this webpage to refer students for career development appointments.

Faculty, staff, and students can review this online resource by visiting My.Chatham, selecting "Career Development" under "Departments" and choosing "What Can I Do With This Major?" on the sidebar menu.

NACElink:

Make sure that all of your students are registered on Chatham's NACElink website and that they visit the site weekly to obtain information on available jobs, internships, and career exploration and preparation events. NACElink registration instructions are available on My.Chatham.

Hiring Student Workers:

Faculty and Staff may be eligible to recruit student workers under the Federal Student Employment Program. To create a student worker position in your office, please contact Pam Turner in the Office of Career Development at pturner@chatham.edu. The Student Employment Manual for Supervisors which covers all policies and procedures pertaining to the program is available to faculty and staff on My.Chatham.

Meet with us:

Career Development staff are available to meet with any faculty or staff member to discuss customized strategies for career development enhancements within the classroom or to answer any questions. Please contact us at careers@chatham.edu to arrange an appointment at your convenience.