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Your Career Plan – Freshman Year

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Freshman year is time to learn more about yourself, your academic and professional interests, and where you fit in at Boston College. This is a time for you to become familiar with the resources available to you through the Career Center and other BC offices.

Reflect
Think Critically

  • Think about classes, activities, and hobbies in which you excelled prior to college and that you want to continue to pursue at BC. Also, consider new areas or experiences to try out.
  • Look for opportunities, such as BC’s 48HOURS Retreat, to help you reflect and put your freshman experience into perspective.
  • Discuss your interests and ambitions with your pre-major advisor and come to the Academic Advising Center to meet with a peer Advising Fellow.
  • Reflect on your interests, skills, and values to begin to identify potential career goals.  
  • Consider completing the Interests, Skills and Values online exercises. Meet with a Career Coach to see if the Strong Interest Inventory and SkillScan assessments might be a next step for you.

Explore
Learn

  • Investigate and get involved in campus organizations or volunteer opportunities that interest you.
  • Find a mentor on campus; it could be a professor, staff member, or upperclass student.
  • Explore classes at BC that seem interesting to you and think about how they fit into your course plans.
  • Become familiar with the Career Center website. Then make an appointment with a Career Coach to get further acquainted with the Career Center’s resources. To schedule an appointment call 617–552–3430 or login toEagleLink.
  • Use What Can I Do With This Major? to learn about the typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
  • Attend Professors, Pastries, and Professions and other programs to meet faculty, advisors, and other students outside the classroom and to discover the range of opportunities at BC and in Boston.

Prepare
Get Ready

  • Convert your high school resume to a one-page college resume and have it critiqued by a Peer Career Coach (PCC) in the Career Center.
  • Review your social media accounts to ensure they are professional and check your privacy settings. Employers will Google you to find more information about you.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile with the help of our step-by-step Guide to Using LinkedIn Professionally. Attend drop-ins with a Career Coach, Graduate Assistant (GA), or Peer Career Coach (PCC) for a critique and to learn how to use LinkedIn for networking.
  • Set up your EagleLink profile for access to BC’s internship, job, and career event database.
  • Attend a Career Center workshop or career chat, listed in EagleLink, to strengthen your career-related skills and documents.

Achieve
Accomplish

  • Focus on your studies to get off to a good start academically.
  • Develop your writing and learning skills through the Connors Family Learning Center and in the Secrets for Success seminars
  • Start thinking about potential majors and come to the spring-semester Academic Planning Fair
  • Map out your academic goals (e.g., Study Abroad, major and minor choices, Core fulfillment)
  • Make plans for a productive summer. Consider an internship, advanced study grant, volunteer experienceresearch, or a summer job. Summer jobs that may seem unrelated to your future career help you build valuable transferable skills that are desired in all industries.

Ready to take a look at your sophomore year plan? Follow this link.