Overview

Whether you realize it or not, your career journey began long before arriving at Boston College and will continue throughout your life. The Career Center is here to help guide you as you ask questions and make decisions that put you on a path to a fulfilling life and meaningful career.

We are all at different stages of our life journeys. The journey begins as you explore answers to what many at Boston College know as “the three questions”: What brings me joy? What am I good at? What does the world need me to be? Your answers to these questions will help us identify the resources you need to explore the world of work, and prepare you for a successful internship, job, or graduate school search.

 

Learn About Yourself 

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. 

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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Julianne Smith

Julianne Smith

Julianne leads career exploration within the Career Center. She personally coaches students and oversees all exploration programs and services. She is also a Boston College alum.

Hannah Fatemi

Hannah Fatemi

Hannah offers coaching services to students who are exploring their interests. She also manages our peer career coaching program and plans the annual Envision program for freshmen and sophomores. 

Begin By Answering "The Three Questions"
 

What brings you joy?

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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.

What are you good at?

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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.

What does the world need you to be?

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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.

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

Upcoming Events For Exploring Students

From the Career Center Blog
What I Wish I Did When I Was in Graduate School  Link to article
After I graduated from Boston College, I went to another Jesuit university, Fordham, to work towards my doctorate in History.
November 07, 2019
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Finding a Fulfilling Career —Tips From a Recent Grad  Link to article
Being first can be hard. As a first-generation college student, I dreamed of going to college for so long that
October 30, 2019
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Why You May Want to Explore a Career in International Affairs  Link to article
During your time at Boston College, have you thought about any of the following? I studied abroad and I’m itching
October 28, 2019
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Choose a Career Cluster That Fits You

We have designed six career clusters to support the diverse interests among Boston College students. Once you have narrowed down your career interests, we invite you to begin exploring the specialized services and resources within each of these clusters. Each one is led by a career coach with industry expertise who can help you prepare for a career in your field of interest and launch a job, internship, or graduate school search. The search bar below can help you navigate the six clusters and find the one that best suits you.

What are you interested in?

Career Cluster match your criteria

Business, Finance, Consulting
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in consulting, accounting, consumer products, finance, entrepreneurship, banking, real estate, sports business, insurance, retail, data analytics, or marketing and sales. Within this cluster you will find specialized career coaches as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, leadership, communication, professionalism, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Careers in business, consulting, and finance offer a wide range of opportunities to use analysis, critical thinking, and leadership to increase efficiencies, maximize profitability, and solve challenges facing organizations in a global economy—whether it be at a real estate firm, your favorite retail company, for a local sports team, or beyond.</p>
Accounting Consulting Consumer Products & Retail Data Analytics Startup & Entrepreneurship Finance & Banking Insurance Real Estate Sports Business
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Communication, Arts, and Media
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in fine arts, performing arts, entertainment, museum/cultural institutions, advertising, public relations, journalism, writing/editing, sports media, and design. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including written and verbal communication,&nbsp; critical thinking, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p>
<p>Careers in communications, arts, and media offer opportunities to use written and verbal communication, creative expression, and diverse mediums to convey meaning and information to audiences—whether it be working at a museum, advertising agency, broadcast network, or beyond.</p>
Advertising Public Relations Journalism Publishing Broadcasting Entertainment Sports Communications Film Visual and Performing Arts
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Education, Nonprofit, and Social Service
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in K–12 public/charter/independent education, higher education, education assessment/technology/administration, counseling, social work, nonprofit administration, and volunteer service. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including leadership, global/intercultural fluency, critical thinking, communication and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Careers in education, nonprofit, and social service offer opportunities to use advocacy, service, and leadership to enhance the human condition, help others realize their potential, and make the world more just—whether it be working at an elementary school, a large foundation, a social service agency, or beyond.</p>
K–12 Education Higher Education Counseling Social Work Nonprofit Organizations Ministry Post-Graduate Volunteer Service
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Government, Law, and Public Policy
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in local, state, or federal government, law, public policy, advocacy, defense, law enforcement, or international affairs. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, leadership, communication, teamwork, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p>
<p>Careers in government, law, and public policy offer a wide range of opportunities to lead, serve the public interest, and ensure fundamental rights and social justice—whether it be at a law firm, an NGO, your local government, a federal agency, or beyond.&nbsp;</p>
Law Local/State/Federal Government Public Policy International Affairs Defense Law Enforcement
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Healthcare and Nursing
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in healthcare/clinical professions, nursing, public health, allied health/nutrition/fitness or healthcare administration. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, leadership, communication, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Careers in healthcare and nursing offer opportunities to use science, research, compassion, and critical thinking to provide care, improve the health of others, and solve global health challenges—whether it be working as a clinician or nurse, a hospital administrator, a community health program coordinator, or beyond.</p>
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Clinical Professions Nursing Public Health Nutrition Fitness Allied Health Healthcare Administration
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Science, Technology, and Engineering
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, software development, environmental science, information technology, data science, academia, research, or more. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, teamwork, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p>
<p>Careers in science, technology, and engineering offer opportunities to use scientific inquiry, research, data analysis, critical thinking, and programming to solve complex real world problems and drive innovation—whether it be working as a software engineer, data scientist, biochemist, or beyond.&nbsp;</p>
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Biotechnology Pharmaceuticals Sustainability Engineering Software Development Information Technology Data Science Research
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Feeling Stuck or Overwhelmed?

If you didn't find what you were looking for or you are having trouble narrowing down your options, we invite you to meet with one of our exploration coaches.

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