During your time at Flashpoint Chicago, the Career Services Department will be by your side to help you make connections, create your bio, resume and reel, and gain the fundamental tools to help you enter the working world. But our support doesn’t stop there. We understand that professional development takes place not just at the onset of your career, but over the course of a lifetime. And just as your professional journey never ends, neither will your journey with Career Services.
As a Flashpoint alumni, you’re invited to join the Flashpoint Chicago Alumni Association, the professional organization of your fellow graduates. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of support from our Career Services team and maintain all the valuable connections you made during your time as a student. Plus, you have access to the Flashpoint Chicago Alumni Job Board, featuring a carefully curated list of job opportunities available exclusively to our graduates.
Career Services Assistance
The objective of the Flashpoint Chicago Alumni Association is to provide continued career guidance and assistance including: interviewing advice, notification of industry employment opportunities (full-time, part-time, freelance/contract, paid internships) via the Alumni Job Board, and a networking resource for all alumni. Career Services will work intensively with all recent graduates for a period of 6 months. After the 6 month period, tables turn and graduates are to reach out to Career Services whenever needed. Such assistance can only be rendered in a meaningful manner when there is cooperation and collaboration between the graduate and the Career Services department. The following guidelines outline the main responsibilities to be assumed by graduates in order obtain the full extent of services.
- Getting a job is ultimately the graduate’s responsibility and the Career Services department can only offer advice, meaningful resources and assistance. Graduates must make independent attempts to secure employment and must not rely solely on the Career Services department.
- Graduates must provide a final, complete and accurate, up-to-date copy of their résumé to the Career Services department, which MUST include a link to graduate’s portfolio / website. This is the first and main request from employers, so make sure that websites or portfolios are frequently updated!
- Graduates are encouraged to maintain regular contact with the Career Services department to review the progress of their job search. Career Services is unable to know how graduates are doing if they don’t keep in touch with Career Services. Career Services can properly assist graduates only if graduates cooperate and collaborate throughout their job search.
- Graduates are encouraged to grant the Career Services department permission to release certain information about them as potential candidates, including their résumé, portfolio and cover letter, to prospective employers.
- Graduates are strongly encouraged to report the results of each interview and each job opportunity to the Career Services department as soon as possible, regardless of whether they receive an offer. Graduates are also encouraged to notify the Career Services department when they obtain employment so that the Career Services department may retain accurate records regarding industry involvement, starting dates, title and responsibilities.
- Career Services does not require graduates to disclose their salary information, but it’s strongly recommend that an approximate salary average be disclosed at the very least in order for Career Services to be aware of salary trends among recent graduates. This information will allow Career Services to properly assist and inform future graduates when dealing with salary negotiations and requirements.
- Graduates are also encouraged to keep the Career Services department informed of any changes of address, employment, contact information (location, telephone number & email address) and of any circumstances which might impact their availability to secure employment.
CONTACT THE CAREER SERVICES TEAM
All Flashpoint graduates are welcome to contact the Career Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org.