The InSight Program is developed by Career Collaborative offering a one-of-a-kind career development experience for undergraduate students at Champlain College. It is the third integrated part of your multidimensional, career focused education, alongside your MAJOR and CORE. Through this program you will complete a series of activities and action items that focus on two critical factors - how to best market yourself to a prospective employer, a track called “Career Positioning”, and how you can best manage your personal finances while in College and beyond, a track called “Personal Finance”. These two tracks come together to create the cornerstone of your successful transition from college to career.
Your Career Positioning track will help you formulate your personalized career marketing plan that will outline your tangible value proposition and showcase your competitive advantage to any prospective employer.
The Personal Finance track will equip you to make viable and reliable financial career decisions. The fundamental elements learned through this sequence include: salary negotiation and evaluation of compensation packages; budget management and cost of living analysis; debt and credit management; and student loan repayment strategies.
Activities and Action Items due Each Year
As you advance your education at Champlain, you’ll participate in a series of activities and produce deliverables that are essential to your overall career preparedness. These required activities and deliverables are strategically timed across your 4 years at Champlain, and must be completed during the academic year they are assigned for.
*New incoming students will receive detailed information over the summer about the milestones to be achieved and their specific due dates.
Complete a Career Profile on HandShake (our career management platform), where you will articulate your professional interests and skills.
Complete a Financial Assessment (Part I), where you’ll answer questions around your financial habits and overall knowledge in the topic of personal finance.
Attend a career activity of your choice (called “Career A la Carte”)*. You can select one activity from a list of options we’ll propose to you.
Participate in a Game of Life event, where you will produce a Budget Allocation Report based on a simulation of your financial life after graduation.
Attend Sophomore Summit, a conference-style event with a keynote and breakout sessions where you’ll have the chance to improve your career documents, e.g. resume and LinkedIn profile.
Attend a Credit Review Day event where you will a) learn about the importance of creating and maintaining good credit, b) review your own FICO credit report, and c) produce a Credit Action Plan.
Attend a Career Fair and produce a cover letter.
Attend a Salary Negotiation & Compensation MONEYTalk and produce a Cost of Living Analysis.
Attend a Career A la Carte Activity (a career activity of your choice)*. You’ll have several different eligible career-advancing topics to choose from throughout the academic year.
Attend a Financial A la Carte Activity(a financial activity of your choice)*. You’ll have several different eligible career-advancing topics to choose from throughout the academic year.
Attend a Career Fair and interact with employers in your fields of interest.
Attend a Student Loan Repayment MONEYTalk and produce your personalized Repayment Action Plan for after graduation.
Complete your Financial Assessment (Part II). This is the same assessment you completed during your first year, and you’ll now be able to compare your progress and analyze any changes in your personal finance habits.
IMPORTANT: Since participation in InSight is part of Champlain’s integrated education, students must complete all required elements by their due dates in order to register for the next semester’s courses.
(*) A minimum of one activity is required for each A la Carte milestone. You are encouraged to participate in as many activities as you like.
Questions regarding InSight can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 860-2720.