As a graduate student at Boston College, you have already made an important decision regarding your professional development and have taken a major step in your career journey. Whether you are a master’s or doctoral student, you are developing and refining skills and gaining important experiences that will position you well to pursue opportunities in a wide range of industries. The Career Center is here to help you as you continue your journey.
Career Center Resources For You
As a graduate student you have access to a number of our offerings. We are eager to help you connect your graduate experience to career opportunities, and ultimately achieve your goals. To get started, we encourage you to leverage the resources below.
What Are Your Career Goals?
Each graduate student’s career needs are unique, and no matter what they are, we look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals. Below are three of the most common paths that BC graduate students pursue. Each tab contains helpful resources to assist you as you think about your next steps.
If you are interested in pursuing further graduate study in the arts and sciences, our Graduate School page is a great place to get started. Here, you’ll find important information about admissions criteria, financial aid, standardized tests, and application materials like letters of recommendations, personal statements, and statements of purpose.
If you’ve determined that law school is your next step, visit our pre-law page for information about researching law schools, the law school application process, the LSAT, and more. Here you can also access the pre-law handbook and schedule an appointment with the pre-law advisor.
Meet with a Career Coach
Our career coaches are eager to discuss your plans for further graduate study.
Hiring for academic positions—tenure-track or full-time faculty; lectureships; postdocs—typically begins in the late summer and runs through the following spring. When compared to other industries, the academic hiring process generally requires a greater number of application materials and lasts longer. But, like any hiring process, there are a number of ways to prepare so that you are ready when the time comes to enter the job market:
- Consult professional resources, like The Professor is In, to learn about best practices for approaching the job market, and Tomorrow’s Professor, to stay on top of key trends in faculty development.
- Engage with your faculty mentors to learn more about discipline-specific career information.
- Seek out opportunities to participate in your department’s hiring process, including interviewing candidates, sitting in on committee meetings, and attending job talks.
- Join your discipline’s professional association to access field-specific information, including hiring trends, salary information, and more.
- Network—attend conferences; organize conference panels and invite panelists from other universities; connect with leading faculty in your field; reach out to graduate alumni on Eagle Exchange.
- Pursue opportunities to diversify your graduate experience beyond research, writing and teaching: participate in service projects; serve on committees; get involved in BC’s broader campus life.
ImaginePhD is a career exploration and planning tool for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Here, you’ll find intel on a wide range of careers--both academic and outside the academy--and information about how to develop and advance your skills for a number of industries.
Versatile PhD is a great resource for graduate students interested in exploring a wide range of career options, particularly beyond the academy. This is another resource to help you identify and prepare for diverse careers.
Beyond the Professoriate helps graduate students leverage their education into meaningful careers. The platform has resources to support graduate students and partners with institutions to help you land jobs in industry, nonprofits, higher education, the private sector, and more.
Meet with a Career Coach
Our career coaches are eager to discuss your interests, experiences, and career goals.