Your Career Plan – Junior Year
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Seek out experiences to continue to broaden your horizons and build your skill set. Continue to grow your network and begin to develop post-graduation plans. If you are just getting started, refer to the freshman and sophomore timelines for additional guidance.
- Consider skills/areas of expertise on which you need to expand for your career field(s) of interest.
- Think about which experiences that you’ve had to date have been most fulfilling and how you might incorporate those interests into your life and/or career in the future. Your reflection might reaffirm the path you have been working toward or may reveal that it’s time to redirect your energies toward new goals.
- If you have questions or are unsure of your career plans, meet with a Career Coach by scheduling an appointment in EagleLink.
- Consider participating in an externship to gain a greater understanding of the workplace.
- Conduct career or industry research through the Career Center and other resources like Vault, O*NET, and Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Learn about occupations and career paths by conducting informational interviews.
- Set up graduate school visits to further explore your post-grad options and to connect with people in your field(s) of interest.
- Attend a career center workshop or career chat, listed in EagleLink, to strengthen your career-related skills and documents.
- Develop your self-marketing skills: How will you speak about your strengths and goals in a resume or cover letter or during an interview? Hone these skills through participation in Practice Interview Night, by using InterviewStream, or setting up a practice interview appointment with a Career Coach.
- Attend a career fair. Before attending, research the organizations in which you are interested by checking out their website, social media platforms, and a Google news search.
- Attend information sessions held by employers on campus to learn more about opportunities and to connect with employers. Find the schedule information in EagleLink.
- If grad school is an option you’d like to pursue, research programs and prepare to apply early (one year in advance). Use the resources on the Career Center website to learn about application timelines, statements of purpose, and more.
- Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date with summer experience, internships, on-campus activities, leadership, and skills.
- Look for opportunities to strengthen your research and writing skills through challenging coursework such as upper-level seminars and theses.
- Consider what courses and electives you can take to round out your education and knowledge. Though many employers recruiting at BC are excited to speak with students of any major, coursework in statistics, research, basic accounting, spreadsheets, computer programming/software, or social media can expand the work and internship opportunities available to you.
- Find an internship or other experiential learning opportunity for the summer after junior year. Students considering unpaid internships can apply to the Eagle Intern Fellowship Program.
- Take on formal and informal leadership roles such as serving as a mentor to an underclassman or holding positions in student or volunteer organizations.
- Connect with more alumni and employers to learn about the application process and hiring needs within your field(s) of interest and specific organizations. Remember that networking is the most effective job search strategy!
- Continue to develop your skills and build your resume with additional internships, on-campus involvement, and volunteer work.
Ready to take a look at your senior year plan? Follow this link.