Winter break is a time to relax, spend time with family, give & get awesome gifts.... and position yourself well to return to BC and your job/internship search!
Winter Break Tips
BC Winter Break Regional Career & Internship Fairs
In partnership with the Career and Internship Connections Consortium
Mark your calendars to attend these career fairs held in partnership with a consortium of 17 other prestigious colleges and universities during winter break. These popular events allow BC students to network and interview for internships and full-time jobs with hundreds of employers in Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Three Career Fairs | Three Cities | Three Days
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged so that you receive updates about the event. While the interview application deadline for the events in Boston, NYC, and DC was November 28, you can still register to attend the fairs and submit your resume to the resume books. Also, several employers at each event will be building their interview schedules purely from the students they meet in person that day!
Follow these steps to register!
- Create an account in Handshake (bit.ly/bccic)
- Update your profile in Handshake and upload documents
- Register for the career fair(s) you plan to attend
- Submit your resume into Resume Books by each city and by career industry
- Attend the career fair(s) and bring plenty of resumes with you! Be prepared for interviews! See more tips on how to prepare here.
A three-day career exploration program, Endeavor brings together sophomores pursuing degrees in the liberal arts with alumni, faculty, and friends. Through lively conversations, hands-on activities, and career treks into Boston, participating students will explore, reflect, and learn how to act on their career interests and goals while connecting the value of their liberal arts education to their future.
Career Treks into Boston | Connect with an alumnus/a Career Coach | View the Schedule
Winter Job Shadow Program January 3–10, 2017
Experience a "day in the life" of a professional in a field or industry of your choice and gain valuable exposure to a vast world of opportunities and potential beyond the BC campus!
- Gain real-life experience in a professional setting through this one-day program
- Connect with alumni and employers
- Sit in on client/customer interactions and staff meetings
- Discuss your career pursuits and aspirations with industry professionals
Make a list, Check it twice.
Consider adding some of the following items to your holiday wish list. These will help you look and feel professional and organized during the search process, and friends and relatives who are invested in your future will be excited to buy them for you:
- Professional portfolio
- Business card holder and gift card to order business cards
- Business attire (e.g. business suit, ties, nice socks)
Note: For many of you, appropriate interview attire will mean a business suit; for others, business casual is appropriate. While you're networking, ask what attire is typical for interviews in your field of interest.
'Tis the season to Discover your Gifts.
Take advantage of some downtime over winter break to do a bit of soul searching. What are your skills and interests? What's important to you?
The Career Center's Self-Assessment Tools page will explain more about the resources available to you to help you figure out your future career. Winter break is a good time to take an assessment. Make an appointment to review the assessments with a Career Advisor when you return to campus.
Out with the Old, In with the New (Year!)
Update the resume that you'll be sending out for your upcoming job or internship search.
- Add activities and other experiences from fall semester as well as any skills you gained
- Add relevant coursework
- Update your GPA
For assistance in crafting and polishing your resume while you're on break, review How to Write a Resume, which includes the online resume workshop and a link to sample resumes.
Connect with Family & Friends.
Winter break is a great time to connect with family and friends. While you're sitting around the holiday table or visiting with friends, ask questions such as:
- What did you do to prepare for your career?
- What do you see as the trends in your field?
Consider setting up informational interviews with BC alumni and others, and find out if it's possible to shadow friends and relatives at their jobs. LinkedIn is also a great resource for finding networking contacts; if you haven't already done so, use the break to create/update your LinkedIn profile, and peruse the BC Career Community on LinkedIn.
New Years Resolution: Grow your own Professional Network!
If you are participating in the Boston College Job Shadow, spend some time getting ready for that experience. Review the organization's website to learn what you can about what they do. Look up your host on LinkedIn to gain a better understanding of his/her role within the organization. Develop a list of questions you would like to ask your host and others you meet during the day. Finally, make sure you have appropriate attire for the shadowing experience; know the industry and what people wear to work (business formal vs. business casual).