Success Story | Hayley Chartier, Family Social Science

Hayley Chartier

Hayley Chartier | Family Social Science
Special Education Teacher | Teach for America

Describe your position.
I am a Special Education Teacher with Teach for America. My job is to work with local schools in the Denver area to successfully teach and guide my students over the next two years. I will be teaching 9th and 10th grade with a focus on math.

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my position through the company’s website.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoy the opportunity to get to know the students. They all have something great to offer and I have a lot to learn from them as well.  It can be challenging when each day looks so different, but this also provides me energy to keep working each day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
I have always had a passion for education. When I decided to major in FSoS, it was with the idea in mind that I would be a high school guidance counselor. This position with Teach for America will help me be prepared to work with students both in and out of a classroom.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I worked really hard on my resume and cover letter. These are the two things that I was able to give potential employers as a first impression of me. I did this by constantly asking for help from the career counselors and professionals in the field that knew what my employers were looking for.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found working with the career counselors to be the most helpful. I was able to get feedback on my resume that really helped me improve and better market myself. They had a lot of tips and tricks that I do not think I would have otherwise thought about. The counselors work really hard to know these things so make sure to make the most of them!

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Don’t be afraid to network. Meeting people in my field was so helpful when it came to the actual interview process. I was able to ask for help on my interview prep work and have people to serve as my references as well.

Anything else you would like to share?
Have fun with all of it. Interviewers and recruiters will be able to tell when you are not being yourself. If you are pursuing a position that you really want, that will shine through.