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Your Career Plan – Senior Year

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Senior year is the time to make decisions about your post-graduation plans. You will also prepare to transition into the world of work, service opportunities, or graduate studies. If you are just getting started, refer to the freshman, sophomore, and junior timelines for further guidance.

Reflect
Think Critically

  • Reflect on what you learned from your summer experience that will help you achieve what you want to do next. Consider and write down your long-term goals and short-term objectives.
  • Assess your interests, skills, and values and think about how you can convey these to potential employers or graduate schools.

Explore
Learn

  • As you have questions about your post-graduation plans, meet with a Career Coach to discuss them by scheduling an appointment in EagleLink.
  • Continue to explore career options by attending Career Center, University, and academic department activities of interest such as networking events and industry panels.
  • Consider participating in an externship to make connections and to experience an organization’s culture.
  • If you haven’t already done so, conduct career or industry research through the Career Center and other resources like Vault, O*NET, and Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Prepare
Get Ready

  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile to make sure they include your summer experience, internships, on-campus activities and leadership, and your skills.
  • Actively engage with alumni through the LinkedIn Boston College Career Community group, informational interviews, and etc.
  • Participate in Resume & LinkedIn Night or Practice Interview Night.
  • Attend Career Center workshops, career chats, information sessions, or expert-in-residence sessions related to your career goals. All information is listed in EagleLink.
  • Attend a career fair. Before attending, research the organizations you are interested in by checking out their websites, social media platforms, and doing a Google news search.
  • If you are applying to graduate school, make an appointment with a Career Coach to discuss your application timeline and components including personal statements, recommendations, and standardized testing.
  • Continue pursuing opportunities to strengthen your research and writing skills through challenging coursework such as upper-level seminars and theses.
  • Educate yourself on how to evaluate a job offer. This includes researching the salary range and learning how to negotiate your first job offer. 

Achieve
Accomplish

  • Continue connecting with alumni and employers to learn about the application process and hiring needs within your field(s) of interest and within specific organizations. Networking is the most effective job search strategy!
  • Continue to develop your skills and build your resume with internships, on-campus involvement, and volunteer work.
  • Apply for positions based on the appropriate timeline for your industry. Most fields hire “as-needed,” which means positions begin opening in the spring semester. Use resources such as EagleLink, career fairs, networking events, and LinkedIn.
  • Set aside time each week for job search activities (including networking). Work this into your schedule just as you would classwork to make sure you stay on track.
  • Develop a system of organization for your search to track who you have met, where you have applied, the status of applications, and more.
  • Keep BC informed of your post-graduation plans by filling out the post-graduation survey. All information gets posted here.
  • Know your resources and stay connected. As a BC alum, you can continue using Career Center resources after graduation!

Moving on to graduate school? Follow this link.