The Office of Career Development provides many services to prepare students for professional employment including practice interviews, job fairs, and networking events, and experiential learning programs. Individual career advising and group workshops are available for all students regarding internship and job search strategies, cover letter/resume writing, networking, and related career concerns. Professional employment openings are advertised to students and graduates weekly through the Career E-News and also posted daily on Chatham's NACElink website. The E-News and NACElink also feature any on-campus or off-campus job fairs or networking events that would be of benefit to students seeking employment.
Chatham integrates career preparation into all facets of education. The skills and qualities that employers seek are conveyed to students through advising, academics, and career counseling:
The top 10 personal qualities and skills employers seek in college graduates are:
- Communication skills (verbal and written)
- Teamwork skills (works well with others)
- Strong work ethic
- Analytical skills
- Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
- Computer skills
This information was gathered in the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2006 survey.
Undergraduate students benefit from the preparation offered by the women's college structure:
Chatham graduates are well-prepared for professions upon graduation. One year after graduation, 93% of Chatham graduates report they are either employed or attending graduate school. Many graduates have reported their satisfaction with the Career Development services received:
"The Office of Career Development has provided me with unlimited resources and guidance that gave me an incredible advantage when I began my job hunt; everything from internships, interest inventories, resume development and review, job search strategies, access to employment fairs, and interview preparation to workplace etiquette and behavior. Not only did I gain the technical skills to find and keep a job, I also received personal guidance and encouragement from the Career Development staff that helped shape me into the employed 'World Ready Woman' that I am today."
-Cynthia Weiman, '05 (Social Work)
"Chatham College for Women provided me with a complete experience, from admissions through graduation. As a non-traditional student and a career changer, I didn't think the Office of Career Development would be helpful because I had been a working woman for 20 years, but I was wrong! The staff was wonderful in providing me an opportunity not only to update my resume in a meaningful way to suit my new profession as an educator, but to also look at how I approached my new career job market. Through this process, I gained more confidence in taking the next steps toward employment as a teacher. I am happy to report that I accepted a position with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland just three months after graduation. "
-Karen Proietti, '07 Education
"Chatham University's Office of Career Development gave me the support I needed as a student stepping out into the 'real' world. I gained valuable networking experience at job fairs and received one-on-one resume building and career search assistance. Learning how to transfer my skills from the classroom to the workforce gave me the confidence necessary to succeed in my career."
-Leah Reed, '05 (Psychology and Cultural Studies), MSCP '06