Success Statistics Tell the Truth
Christendom College alumni are successful in a myriad of fields, and part of that success is due to the college’s emphasis on ensuring that its students are fully prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation, and have all of the requisite knowledge and skills they need to hit the ground running and be a valuable employee on day one.
Through the Education for a Lifetime Career Courses (EFL), which are a required part of the college’s core curriculum, students find themselves well-prepared to follow their vocational calling. According to the Class of 2023:
- 88% agree that Christendom prepared them well for the workplace
- 82% agree that they benefited from the EFL Course
- 92% agree that they are satisfied with their education
- 80% were employed/accepted to grad school prior to graduation
Class of 2023
- Had a critiqued and edited professional resume 100% 100%
- Had an active, updated LinkedIn profile 100% 100%
- Had experience writing cover letters 100% 100%
- Were taught how to effectively search for relevant jobs 100% 100%
- Were taught about the value of networking 100% 100%
- Were taught how to properly interview for a job 100% 100%
- Were taught the principles of good leadership 100% 100%
CCOL 101 & CCOL 301
EFL Curriculum Overview
Christendom College’s Education for a Lifetime Course is split into two sections: Freshman/Sophomore Year courses (CCOL 101) and Junior/Senior Year courses (CCOL 301), each worth one credit and required for graduation.
During the CCOL 101 course, students become proficient in:
- Understanding the value of a liberal arts education.
- Thinking about their long-term, and short-term, career-related goals.
- Determining their unique personality, strengths and weaknesses.
- Understanding the career planning process and how graduate school fits in.
- Learning the importance of getting involved in on-campus activities to improve their leadership and service skills.
- Understanding how to act, dress, and communicate professionally.
- Understanding the importance of networking in finding jobs.
- Creating a complete online LinkedIn profile.
- Researching summer jobs and internships to better build their resumes.
- Writing a resume and understanding the basics of writing a cover letter.
During the CCOL 301 course, students become proficient in:
- Understanding the timeline for applying to graduate school.
- Creating an individual success plan for getting into their desired field.
- Understanding the basics of financial literacy: interest, loans, budgets.
- Knowing about credit scores, how to build credit, and how to manage debt.
- Understanding the job search process and networking’s role in that process.
- Writing a cover letter and resume, based on a specific job description.
- Understanding how to prepare for an interview, and how to follow up.
- Understanding how to respond to a job offer, negotiate salary, turn down a job offer, and how to give two-weeks notice.
- The basics of Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint.