Dear Boston College Students,

At the Boston College Career Center, we embrace and celebrate the diversity you bring to our campus and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where you are welcomed, respected, and supported.

We collectively dedicate ourselves to providing services and resources that will help level the playing field for all BC students, realizing that not everyone has equal access to career-related opportunities and networks. Regardless of your background or identity, it is our hope that you feel equipped to explore, prepare for, and act on your career goals and contribute your rich ideas, skills, and values to the world.  As a staff, we strive to collaborate with you in making those goals a reality.

We welcome you to visit us early and often—please visit our website and make an appointment or stop by today! Your continuous feedback and engagement with our office is essential to the Career Center's mission of empowering all students to lead meaningful careers and lives, and we look forward to working with you!

On behalf of the Boston College Career Team,

Joseph Du Pont, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs/Career Services
Jabril Robinson, Assistant Director, Career Education and Diversity Initiatives

Career Center Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We have all witnessed the acts of systemic racism against BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) that continue to impact our country. Some of these acts make national headlines but there are many others that take more subtle forms such as access to employment opportunities and training. As a Career Center team, we acknowledge that, in order for all students to feel empowered, we must confront these inequities and commit to working toward the dismantling of systemic oppression to ensure all students have equal opportunities to access jobs, internships and graduate school.  

To demonstrate our commitment to this work, we will be taking the following actions during the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Partner with FACES to host a pre-Career Fair panel on finding and contributing to anti-racist workplaces on September 16
  • Launch a First Generation Career Mentorship Program for incoming first generation students in collaboration with Learning to Learn
  • Dedicate a section of our weekly newsletter to amplifying diverse student voices and highlighting opportunities and resources related to equity and inclusion
  • Pledge that 15% of employers at our upcoming fall career fair will be Black- or minority-owned, and/or organizations celebrated for their strides toward diversity, equity and inclusion--this includes organizations with commendations from Forbes, the Human Rights Campaign, Diversity Inc., and more.
  • Develop and offer tailored programming for LGBTQ+, AHANA, First Generation, International, and Montserrat students
  • Meet monthly as a Career Center DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) committee to gain feedback, share insights, and both design and implement equitable programming to represent our marginalized and underrepresented communities on campus.

Discover Resources

AHANA Resources

We offer a variety of resources and tools specifically for students of AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American) heritage. We want to help you prepare to be career ready and acknowledge the background and story that has shaped your career goals.

If you identify as AHANA, you may also encounter unique challenges in the workplace, such as not seeing people that look like you in leadership positions, finding a lack of understanding of your cultural background, or facing racial or cultural stereotypes. Because these issues may occur in the workplace, we encourage you to research the companies for which you would like to work and evaluate their commitment to diversity and inclusion. There are many companies that have expressed a commitment to diversity and value the unique perspective that you would offer to your internship or job. Your multicultural experience is an empowering differentiator to prospective employers

We hope the resources provided below will help you find a career path that celebrates your heritage. We also invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.

Color Blind or Color Brave?

This TED talk by Mellody Hobson discusses the importance of having discussions around race. Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail," but that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race —particularly about diversity in hiring—makes for “better businesses and a better society.”

 

Career Resources for AHANA Students

There are a variety of diversity resources and opportunities that will help you in your career search. We have listed seven different career clusters below that have information on internships, diversity summit programs, scholarships/fellowships, and job opportunities specifically geared towards AHANA students.

We also have included a list of BC resources and organizations that AHANA students can contact. Please visit our office if you have any questions about the opportunities listed below.

 

Industry-Specific Resources and Opportunities

 

Organizations on Campus

Take a look at some of the AHANA organizations on campus listed below. Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to leadership and professional development opportunities. For additional AHANA resources please visit Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center.

First Generation Resources

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, first generation college students are students whose parents matriculated, but never graduated with a bachelor’s degree and those students whose parents never persisted past a high school diploma.  If you identify as a first generation college student, we want to help you become career ready and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach your career goals.

We hope the resources provided below will give you the information you need to explore career paths that align with your interests, skills, and values. We also invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.

First Gen Career Mentorship Program

We know that career development starts in your first year and continues throughout your college career (and beyond). We are committed to ensuring that every first generation student is not only aware of, but is also comfortable utilizing all of the services, resources, and programs that the Career Center offers. Are you an incoming first gen student? Consider participating in our First Gen Career Mentorship Program. Program participants are matched with a career mentor who you can engage with regularly, and who will keep you informed about relevant and exciting exploration opportunities throughout your first year at BC.

Please feel free to contact Julianne Smith, Associate Director, Career Education, at julianne.smith@bc.edu with any questions.

Express Interest

 

Looking for a Job? Highlight Your Ability, Not Your Experience

This TED talk by Jason Shen, Co-founder and CEO of Headlight, discusses how few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive — and why employers should look for ability over credentials.

 

Career Information for First Generation College Students

Find answers to your career questions. We have identified frequently asked questions and provided answers to assist you with navigating your career journey. Please visit our office to discuss these questions more in-depth. 

Resources for International Students

International students seeking jobs or internships in the United States have much to offer. Enhancing workplace diversity and bringing an array of different perspectives, international students have the ability to be competitive applicants to U.S.-based organizations. With an increased emphasis on globalization across all industries, proficiency in multiple languages, as well as familiarity with other cultures, have the potential to set international students apart in the career search.

International students may come across unique challenges during the job search. Some of the challenges that you might be worried about may include your work eligibility in the U.S., employer commitment to hiring international students, and trying to find the right words to express yourself professionally. To help ease some of these worries, the Career Center at Boston College provides resources to help you with your job search and connect you to additional resources.

We invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.

We recognize the additional challenges our international students face when seeking a job or internship, and we want to work with you to help you understand and overcome these challenges whether you are looking for a position in the U.S. or elsewhere. 

As you go through your search, please feel free to schedule a career coaching appointment with the appropriate staff member to discuss your specific plans. 

Working in the U.S.

First and foremost, before launching a U.S. job or internship search, it is critical for you to work with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) to understand the rules and requirements around Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT), as well as the specifics related to the type of visa you hold. Please meet with OISS prior to scheduling a meeting with a career coach to discuss a job or internship search. 

In addition to the many resources available on the Career Center website to help you with your resume, cover letters, networking, interviewing skills, etc., following are resources that will help you understand U.S. work culture and recruitment practices. Also keep in mind that culture and hiring practices vary by career field, too, so be sure to research your fields of interest through our career cluster pages. 

  • GoinGlobal: The U.S. country career guide, as well as specific U.S. city career guides provide employment advice for those seeking jobs or internships in the U.S. This resource also includes information about potential H1B sponsors.
  • Connors Family Learning Center: If English is not your first language, you can book an ESL Writing Appointment to have your cover letter checked for English grammar mistakes. 
  • Eagle Exchange: You can search for and connect with alumni who were international students to seek advice on how they found their positions.
  • MyVisaJobs: This resource can help you identify companies who have sponsored H1B visas and green cards in the past. It also outlines the top industries that offer sponsorship.
     

Working Outside the U.S.

If you will be seeking employment in your home country or another country outside the U.S., you will want to seek out information about culture and hiring practices in that country. Following are resources to help you with that research and through which you can connect with BC alumni who have experience in and knowledge of your country of choice. 

  • GoinGlobal: Refer to your preferred country guide for information relevant to the job search in that country. 
  • Eagle Exchange: You can search for and connect with alumni who are working in your preferred country. Regardless of their career field and role, they may be able to share helpful information about searching for positions in that country.
  • Boston College International Alumni Chapters: Check to see if BC has an alumni chapter in your country of choice and, if so, connect with them via social media. 

LGBTQ+ Resources

As a student identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+), you may face unique challenges within your job search. For many, it is important to find an employer that provides an open and supportive workplace culture.

You may also be contemplating whether you want to come out in the workplace and, if so, how to come out or how to discuss this on your resume or in an interview. The Career Center provides resources to help you with your job search and connect you to additional resources. We hope the resources provided below will help you with your search.

We invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.


A variety of resources are available to support individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ as they search for jobs and advance their careers

  • Human Rights Campaign: Workplace: Explore an array of resources, including lists of best places to work for the LGBTQ+ community and advice on coming out in the workplace as transgender.
  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates lists many programs and resources dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for the LGBTQ+ community. This site also contains a section for current job opportunities.
  • Out For Undergrad: Out For Undergrad helps prepare students for different careers and offers annual conferences related to business, marketing, technology, and engineering.
  • Out Professionals: This LGBTQ+ nonprofit network offers a free job bank that lists companies who value diversity.
  • ProGayJobs: This site features companies with policies that cater to the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Victory Institute: This site provides professional development opportunities for future LGBTQ+ leaders.

 


Additional Resources & Organizations

Below are some additional resources for LGBTQ+ students on campus, as well as campus organizations with which you may want to get involved. Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to additional professional development opportunities.

LGBT@BC 

Student Organizations

  • The GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) is a semi-independent branch of Boston College's Undergraduate Government (UGBC).
  • Allies is a student organization that works to advance understanding of issues, concerns, and needs regarding sexual orientation among undergraduates at Boston College.
  • Lambda Law is a coalition of LGBT law school students, staff, faculty, and supporters.
  • Spectrum is an organization for Graduate School of Social Work students interested in educating and informing the larger social work community about diversity, homophobia, heterosexism, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • GIFTS is a GLBT Inclusive Fellowship of Theology Students.
  • Graduate Pride Alliance is a graduate student group supported by the Office of Graduate Student Life.

Resources for Student Athletes

If you are a student athlete preparing to enter the job market, it is important to remember that the skills and values you have gained over a lifetime of competing and mastering a sport are applicable and marketable in your search for a career. You are part of a unique group of people who had the opportunity to be student-ambassadors for Boston College while at school and these experiences and responsibilities will prove vital in finding a job where your skills and interests are able to align.

We invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.

Student-Athlete Resumes

  • Athletic experience is best listed in the “experience” section if you didn’t hold a job or summer internship while during your time as a student-athelete, otherwise it belongs in the “activities” section.
  • Include sport, years played, accomplishments, time devoted to training, and academic honors/awards
  • If you received a full athletic scholarship, you may list it as one of your accomplishments.
  • Use action words to describe the skills you’ve gained from participating in collegiate athletics (leadership skills, teamwork, time management, communication skills, commitment, and etc.).
    • Strong ability to manage time and priorities; balanced varsity athletics and school
    • Teamwork skills developed through varsity sports
    • Excellent leadership and communication skills as a team captain
    • Disciplined and responsible – demonstrated through athletic and academic success
       

What Does Being an Athlete Say About You as a Job Candidate? 

  • You’re accountable for yourself and your goals, but you are also used to working as part of a team.
  • You can balance academics and sports, and you’re used to managing your time.
  • You have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to your goals.
  • You’re used to the public spotlight, as well as the pressure and scrutiny that come with it.
  • You have good mentoring and leadership skills, especially as a captain.
  • You’re proficient with team dynamics and dealing with different personality types.
  • You have mental toughness and are able to handle let-down and defeat.

Resources for Students with Disabilities

As a student with hearing or visual impairments, or who has cognitive, physical, or psychological disabilities, you may face a series of unique challenges during your job search.  It is necessary to find an employer that provides a supportive workplace with reasonable accommodations for your individual disability.

You may also wonder if and when you should disclose the specifics of your disability to an employer, what rights you have in the workplace, and how to request reasonable accommodations.  The Boston College Career Center provides resources to help you with your job search and connect you to additional resources.

We invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.

 

Resources

 


Additional Resources

Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to additional professional development opportunities.

Veterans Resources

As a Veteran of any branch of the armed forces, you bring unique skills to the workplace. However, you may face unique challenges during your job search after reintegrating into civilian life.

The Boston College Career Center can help you translate your military skills into a resume for the civilian workplace. It offers a variety of resources to support you as you start your job search and advance your career. We invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.

 

Resources


5 Resume Tips for Vets Transitioning to the Civilian Workforce
 | This article provides helpful tips aimed at allowing veterans to translate their time in the military, as well as the skills they learned, to ensure their unique experiences transfer onto paper and make their application competitive.

15 Tips for Developing Skills You Can Use Outside the Military | This article walks veterans through the steps they should take to embark on successful and rewarding civilian careers.

Orioninternational | This website is aimed at helping veterans transition into civilian life by providing job opportunities, as well as career tips.

 

Student Groups

Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to additional professional development opportunities.

Boston College Student Veterans

BC Law School Veterans Association

The Boston College Veterans Alumni Network (BCVAN)—established in 2011 to honor the University’s servicemen and women and to strengthen the bonds among alumni, veterans, and the greater BC community

Graduate Student Association

 

Additional Resources

For additional resources, please visit Boston College’s Veteran Resources Page.

For information about GI Bill® benefits and veteran scholarships, please contact Student Services.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Women's Resources

As a woman entering the workforce, you may find yourself dealing with a unique set of challenges in your job search. Wondering how to research employers who are dedicated to gender equality within workplace interactions, pay, and promotions? The Boston College Career Center offers a variety of resources to support women as they start their job searches and advance their careers.  

We invite you to make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your search.

 

 

A variety of resources are available to support women as they search for jobs and advance their careers

  • Office of Women’s Advancement City of Boston
  • Women for Hire: Women for Hire offers signature career fairs, an exceptional professional online network, speeches and seminars, customized marketing programs, an online job board, and more.
  • Black Career Women’s Network
  • American Association of University Women: The AAUW advances equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. 
  • WAGE Project: WAGE inspires and helps working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she’s worth.
  • Workplace Fairness: Workplace Fairness provides legal information about sexual and gender discrimination.
  • WITI: WITI works to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership, and economic prosperity.
  • Career Women: Career Women offers a job search engine to help qualified women find employment.

 

 

Resources & Organizations

Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to additional professional development opportunities.

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