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Launch: The Career Conference for Juniors & Seniors


Launch your career journey.

Launch: The Career Conference for Juniors & Seniors
October 14, 2016 | 10:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m. | Thomas More Apartments

This conference will allow you to explore your own unique skills and values, better understand hiring timelines for your field of interest, and learn valuable job searching insights/skills from young alumni and recruiters. You will leave empowered with concrete action steps to reach your post-graduate goals.


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Registration for Launch has filled. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email Please note that many of the individual breakout sessions will be offered again this Fall. For more information on other upcoming workshops and events log into EagleLink and check out the Career Chats & Workshops page.

Pili Montilla

PILI MONTILLA, Boston College alumna, Drama & Theater Arts

TV Host, Producer, Tastemaker
@pilimontilla | Facebook

EMMY award winning TV host, producer, content creator, and taste maker, Pili Montilla, has made a name for herself as the "go to" host in the bilingual entertainment world. Always immersed in the world of music and arts, Pili has built a solid reputation as a music influencer both in the mass market as well as in the fast growing alternative music scene.

Pili created, produces and hosts the EMMY winning music show ‘VidaLexus presenta: Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla’ where she spends a day in the life of Latin musicians as they share their stories and music in an intimate, raw and real manner. Through her interviewing skills and connection with the artists Pili gives her audience an inside, intimate look at the lives of these talented musicians.

The success of “Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla” has led to a sponsorship of the show by Lexus, as well as some award-winning campaigns. In 2014, Pili and Starbucks joined forces in bringing together people’s love for coffee and music, resulting in the “Noches Culturales” campaign. The campaign went on to win the HPRA Bravo Award and was also nominated for Multicultural Campaign of the Year on the PR Weeks US Awards. In 2015, Pili teamed up with the AllState Foundation to raise awareness against financial abuse. Pili’s other current and past brand partners include: Sprint, Buchanan’s, Heineken, RedBull and Pepsi.

Prior to starring in her own show, Pili was making a name for herself as a TV host and entertainment reporter across the US Hispanic and Puerto Rican markets. Her talent has led her to work on E! Latino, MTV, LATV, MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision.


10:45 a.m.

Student Check-in


11:00–11:10 a.m.   

Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Joseph Du Pont, AVP, Student Affairs, Career Center

11:10–11:50 a.m.

Pili Montilla, Keynote Speaker  

12:00–12:30 p.m.


Strengths, Skills, and Your Professional Success
Do you know your personal strengths and skills? Are you
comfortable articulating your strengths to an employer?
This session will focus on how to identify and articulate your
skills, as well as how to find opportunities to use your strengths
to the fullest.


How to Find Mentors and Get Strong Recommendations
This session will highlight how finding mentors can help you reach
new levels of professional success. We will also discuss how to
properly request recommendations.


Turbo Charge Your Job/Internship Search -
The Power of Networking
Don’t know how to get the conversation started? This session
will help you kick your job or internship search into high gear
by learning how to network in person, via LinkedIn and through
informational interviewing.


Tell Me More: A Career Exploration Scavenger Hunt
Learn how to use the Career Center’s amazing online
resources to explore your dream industry, careers, and

Please bring a laptop to this session.

12:40–1:10 p.m.


Let Your Values Guide You: Using Your Values in 
Your Job/Internship Search
The session will feature a fun, candy-based activity to
help you identify your core values. Afterward, we will
discuss how to use the knowledge of your values to
assess a company’s culture and your personal fit.


Keep Calm and Search On: Using Hiring
Timelines to Structure Your Job Search
In this session, we’ll talk about typical hiring timelines
for different industries, using data from previous
Boston College students. We’ll then discuss how to
create your own search timeline so you can stay organized
and one step ahead!


Evaluating a Job Offer & the Art of Negotiation
Receiving a full-time job offer is an exciting moment, and
it is important to be ready to say "Yes" or "No" when the
offer arrives.  This session will review and break down the
key factors to consider when evaluating a job offer and how
get to the right answer. We will also discuss and practice some
of the tried and proven techniques when it comes to the "art"
of negotiating your compensation. You will be prepared for the
moment an offer arrives so that you can feel confident in making
the right decision and leaving nothing on the table.


Graduate School Game Plan
Can I afford graduate school? When should I attend? How can
I find the right program to help me reach my professional goals?
We’ll also discuss how to create a powerful application and
personal statement.

Lunch: 1:15–2:10 p.m.


Young alumni panel  
A panel of recent Boston College alumni will share their
advice and perspective on hiring timelines, leveraging their
liberal arts degrees in the job search, and successfully transitioning
from student to young professional.

2:20–2:50 p.m.


Powerful Storytelling: How to Stand Out and Get the 
Position You Want
Learning how to tell your story will help you make an unforgettable
positive impression whenever you meet someone new. Not to mention,
you’ll be able to ace your interviews, write an awesome personal statement,
and effectively convey your study abroad or leadership experience to others.


Keep Calm and Search On: Using Hiring Timelines to
Structure Your Job Search
In this session, we’ll talk about typical hiring timelines for
different industries, using data from previous Boston College
students. We’ll then discuss how to create your own search
timeline so you can stay organized and one step ahead!


Recruiting Secrets Revealed Panel 
Recruiters tell all! Recruiters share their secrets and advice
on communicating professionally, standing out during the
job/internship search, acing your interviews and more.

Hear tips from recruiters at Peace Corps,
Staples, E&J Gallo Winery, and GE.

2:50–3:15 p.m.


What’s Next? 
This quick exercise will help you define your next 2-3
steps and figure out how to remove potential roadblocks,
so you leave feeling empowered to reach your goals.


Please note: schedule subject to change based on student registration

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