Wondering Where to Begin?

Career exploration is the first step on your journey. It is an exciting process that is fueled by curiosity, reflection, and imagination. Before you make decisions regarding career, we encourage you to invest time into learning more about yourself.

By understanding what gives you joy, what you are good at, and what you can offer the world, you will be prepared to make informed decisions as you move forward in your career. The resources below, as well as our specialized career exploration coaches, will help you find a meaningful path that aligns with your skills, interests, and values. 

If you are in the process of discovering your career interests, we invite you to join our exploration cluster to receive resources to assist you on your journey. 

 

Meet Your Career Coaches

Specialized career coaches are available to partner with you throughout your career exploration. They are here to help you get started, work through feelings of doubt, talk through your ideas, and connect with specialized industry resources when you are ready.

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A well-designed life is a life that is generative—it is constantly creative, productive, changing, evolving, and there is always the possibility of surprise.
Bill Burnett, Author, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

 

Begin By Answering "The Three Questions"


 
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What Brings You Joy?

The first step in career exploration is looking inward to identify your values and interests. What you spend your time doing and what topics you are frequently curious about are good starting points. Take a self-assessment, participate in an immersive program, or utilize online tools to discover what sparks your interest.

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What Are You Good At?

The second step of career exploration is determining what skills you have to bring to the world of work. Every job, internship, classroom experience, and opportunity has helped you to develop skills. Understanding more about yourself and your personality can help you to think about potential occupations and work environments.

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What Does the World Need You to Be?

Once you better understand your interests and skills, you can move on to the final step of identifying what potential careers may be a good fit for you. Take opportunities to learn about different careers by doing online research, talking to people working in jobs of interest, or participating in a job shadow or internship program.

 

 

Our Programs to Help You Explore


 

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Envision

For Freshmen and Sophomores

Envision is for you if you are feeling lost or overwhelmed, facing pressure to pursue a specific path, or having doubts about a major choice. You will leave this day-long experience with a personalized plan for career exploration.

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Endeavor

For Sophomores and Juniors

Endeavor provides you the opportunity to explore the fit of a few careers of interest by providing space to identify skills, network with alumni, and visit an organization within an industry. 

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Alumni Job Shadow Program

For Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

The job shadow program is an opportunity to shadow a BC alum to explore a field or job function of interest. Over the course of one day, you will gain valuable insight, make connections, and further discern how your skills, interests, and values translate to the workplace.

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Designing Your Career Course

For Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

A one-credit hybrid course that provides you with structure to the career exploration and preparation process by guiding you through design thinking-inspired exercises.

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Experiential Learning

For all class years

The Career Center offers a variety of programs and tools to help you experience the world of work, including job shadows, career treks, and more.

Embrace Your Career Exploration

"Some advice to anyone of any age out there still exploring: Embrace it! Don’t fear it. Let it fuel you. Let it motivate you. Enjoy every second of this exploration phase because now is the time to ask all of the questions without having the answers.

You’re allowed to be a little lost. You’re allowed to be a little uncertain. Relish it! Relish the uncertainty and instead of seeing it as something obstructive see it as something that opens up a whole world of possibilities."

Nat Murcia, MCAS ’19

Read Blog

From the Career Center Blog
Making Sense of all that Boston College has to Offer  Link to article
Envision is a daylong experience the Career Center hosts every spring that features interactive small group discussions to help students
April 03, 2020
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How to Be Productive and Build Skills at Home  Link to article
First of all, it’s important to know that employers are always looking for candidates that have demonstrated resilience even in
April 03, 2020
BCCareerCenterTeam
5 Reasons You Should Do a Job Shadow  Link to article
The inaugural Alumni Job Shadow Program is taking place May13–20, 2020. Just after spring semester finals, BC students will visit
March 05, 2020
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