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Transitioning from student to professional

» I graduated, now what?

As you transition from life as a student to professional, we want you to remember that one thing will always stay constant: Chapman is your career connection for life, and we are here to help.

Whether you are employed and want to bring fellow Panthers into your workplace, want to make alumni connections in a new town, or are hoping to land a job at an organization that is Thinking Chapman First, Chapman is your home to return to for support.  

Career Development Center resources will still be available to you up to 1 year after graduation. However, lifetime alumni career services are provided by the Career and Industry department. If you graduate with a business major or minor, Argyros School Career Services are available to you in addition to the general alumni resources. Thus, even after graduation, your Chapman family is here to help.

Here are some specific steps to take as you prepare to graduate and become a new alumnus and professional: 

+ - If you already have a job...

Congratulations! Now it is your turn to bring Chapman pride into the workplace. You can check and see if there are any fellow Panthers in your office by utilizing the LinkedIn Alumni Search tool. If you are in a hiring position, know someone who is at your company, or have a company referral or job sharing program, remember to Think Chapman First. Wouldn't it be great if your next new teammate was a Panther? We think so too and like to call it "Panthers Hiring Panthers".

Don't forget to let us know where you landed! Complete the first destination survey to let us know. 

+ - If you are still searching for the ideal position...

  • Check to make sure that you are a member of your official Alumni Association LinkedIn group. This is where many jobs, professional networking events, and other career news is shared, and most importantly, is a space for you to engage with fellow Panthers in a professional forum.
  • Utilize the LinkedIn Alumni Search tool to connect with alumni in your target industries, geographic locations, or companies.
  • Search for jobs on alumni job boards featuring opportunities offered by companies that have a preference for Chapman candidates
  • Make it known! 80% of jobs are obtained through networking. Your network expands beyond those you shake hands with while suited up; it includes your family, friends, colleagues, acquaintance… and yes, your Chapman family! The phrase “you don’t know what you don’t know” rings true for your network as well; how can they help you if they don’t know you are looking for help? Go out of your way to make it known that you are searching for a job, and be specific with your request (entry-level, target location, industry, company size, etc). Consider completing a networking bio, distributing it to your network and asking for advise, referrals, and leads. Most importantly, follow executive career coach’s advice and respond to assistance with gratitude, even if that lead isn’t ‘the one’. 
  • Once you land, make sure to resubmit your first destination survey to let us know where our alumni are getting jobs. 

+ - Transitioning from Student Life to Alumni Life

  • Once you know where you will be living after graduation, remember to update your contact information (including the email you will be checking) so you can stay in the loop. Once a month, you will receive your alumni e-newsletter full of events, stories, and resources.
  • Missing those student discounts? Request your Alumni ID card and gain access to alumni benefits!
  • Interested in helping to shape programming provided to you and your fellow young alumni? Consider serving on the Young Alumni Society, or simply join us for a drink and fun at the Summer Bash or Chappy Hour.
  • Greek life doesn’t stop here… there is alumni greek life to look forward to! In fact, there is an entire committee dedicated to keeping greek pride alive among Panthers after graduation. 
  • Keep in touch with your professors. One thing that makes Chapman so special are the relationships fostered between faculty and students due to the small class sizes. Don’t let those relationships fade just because you graduate!