Whether you’ve had your career planned out since you were six years old, or you’re still exploring the many ways to use your Chapman degree, the Attallah College of Education Studies now offers convenient, in-house career advising to give you a head start and leg up.

As part of a campus-wide expansion of career support at Chapman, Attallah students and alumni now have access university-wide career services through the Office of Career and Professional Development and program-specific guidance. Attallah Career Advisor John Bacolores is here to help students and alumni explore career paths in education, community organizations, and beyond.

Meeting Your Needs

Michelle Samura, Ph.D., Attallah Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, appreciates that Chapman has recognized the need for expanded career services across campus.

“John Bacolores is an especially good fit for Attallah College. With his range and diversity of experience in educational settings, he is well positioned to support our students and programs,” said Dr. Samura.

Attallah Career Advisor John Bacolores

Attallah Career Advisor John Bacolores

Prior to joining Chapman, John worked as a second-grade math and science teacher in Detroit Public Schools, a high school college admissions consultant in the San Gabriel Valley, and then a writing consultant in the Dornsife Writing Center and graduate assistant for the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Southern California. He earned his Associate of Arts in General Studies from El Camino College, BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and MA in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. John is currently finishing his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with an Educational Psychology concentration, at USC.

As a former school teacher and college admissions advisor turned higher education professional, John has specialized experience in instruction, counseling/advising, and leadership. He’s also familiar with career options outside the traditional K-8 school setting. For some students and alumni, it can be working in nonprofit organizations, crafting educational policy, or simply combining one’s passion and education to open a dance studio, join the Peace Corps, or work in a corporate office. You name it!

“A career in education does not only mean classroom teaching,” said John. “That’s why Chapman is making moves to enhance career services to meet your needs.”

Available Career Services

Attallah’s program-specific services include end-to-end career planning:

  • Building a career portfolio (resume, CV, cover letter, online profiles)
  • Job and internship searches and applications
  • Interview prep and practice
  • Graduate school applications

In the coming months, John also plans to host career events and expand internship and job opportunities for Attallah students and alumni within the surrounding community. Attallah can look forward to future networking events, seminars, and webinars as well as campus visits from local employers and school districts. Stay tuned!

Drop-In Hours and Appointments

Attallah students and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of the available career services early and often. John is available now for appointments.

To set up an appointment, log into Handshake, navigate to the “Career Center” tab, click “Appointments,” and select “Program-Specific Guidance.” During appointments, students can expect a tailored approach to their career interests.

Starting this week, John is also hosting on-campus drop-in hours in Reeves Hall (Room 231):

  • Mondays and Thursdays 2 – 4 pm
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am – 12 pm

No appointment necessary.