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 book 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
 

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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.

 

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 nine 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 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 students

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.

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.

If you have any additional questions, please schedule an appointment through EagleLink to meet with a Career Advisor.

 

 

Office of International Students and Scholars

Thea Bowman House, 72 College Road | (617) 552-8005 | bcis@bc.edu
https://www.bc.edu/offices/oiss.html

Career Resources

Going Global | Country-specific employment and career information, including worldwide internship and job postings

H1Base | Learn about employers who hire international students

H1VisaJobs | Online database of H-1B sponsoring employers

Howjsay | A free, online dictionary of English pronunciations

Interexchange | Browse this site for experiential learning opportunities (not for finding permanent work in the U.S. or another country)

International Student | "Working in the U.S. as an International Student" – Online tutorial outlining the options that you have as an international student with an F-1 visa  

International Student Resources | Comprehensive online resource database for international students including information on financial aid, immigration, college search, language instruction, job search strategies, and test preparation

Office of International Students & Scholars | Information about on and off-campus employment

Scholarship America  | Scholarship resources for international students

Visuwords | Modern dictionary that represents languages visually

 

 

Example of how to set up international resumes

Sample resumes: http://www.internationalstudent.com/resume_writing/samples/

How to set up a resume for a U.S. employer

A resume for a U.S. employer is a concise, attractive marketing tool that summarizes job skills, accomplishments, and academic background relevant to your employment objective. It is not a detailed chronological list of academic and formal work experience.

You should include:

  • Full Name
  • Contact Information in the U.S.
  • Career Objective (optional)
  • Summary of Qualifications
  • Education (highest degree obtained first)
  • Relevant Experience (most recent experience first)
  • Leadership Experience (optional)
  • Honors & Awards (optional)
  • Languages (other than English)
     

You should not include:

  • TOEFL Score
  • Photograph
  • Immigration Status
  • Age
  • Hometown/Home Country
  • Marital Status
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Personal Interests/Hobbies
  • ID information or license



Organizations on campus

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


Offices on Campus

Connecting with these offices is another way to build your BC network.

Office of International Students and Scholars

Office of Student Involvement

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.

If you have any additional questions, please schedule an appointment through EagleLink to meet with a Career Coach.

 


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.

Allies at Boston College

Carroll LGBTQ & Allies

Gaudete

GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC)

GLBTQ Undergraduate Society (GUS)

Graduate Pride Alliance (GPA)

Horizon

LGBT@BC (faculty & staff affinity group)

Lambda Law Students Association

Prism

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.

Getting Started with the Career Center

All BC students can schedule advising appointments with the Career Center at any stage of their career exploration process. Career advisors are available to help students during the early stages of their career discovery – helping them to investigate different career paths, explore career opportunities geared toward different majors, and identify their skills, values, and interests. Additionally, the Career Center offers advising appointments to help guide students through the process of starting their careers once they have identified areas of interest. During these appointments, students can explore different fields or industries, search for internships and full time positions, and prepare for the interview and job acceptance process. Appointments can be made through EagleLink.

We encourage students to have a resume drafted before making an appointment with the Career Center. If you’re not sure how to create a resume, please stop in during our drop-in hours. Drop-ins take place both in the Career Center and across campus. You can view the drop-in schedule here.

Student-Athlete Resumes

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • 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.

 

Sample Resume Entry

Athletic Experience
Varsity Hockey Team, Boston College                                              Chestnut Hill, MA
                                                                                                   2011-2015

  • Excellent skills in time management and prioritizing responsibilities
  • Developed commitment to a strong work ethic
  • Strong communication skills; commended on building team morale
  • Assisted team in winning Bean Pot (2012)


For more information on how to format your resume, visit this page or stop by drop-ins at the Career Center.

Additional Resources

Learning resources for Student Athletes

NCAA After the Game Career Center

Organizations for Student Athletes

Please take a look at some of the organizations for student athletes below. Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to additional professional development opportunities.

Boston College Student Athlete Advisory Committee

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.

If you have any additional questions, please schedule an appointment through EagleLink to meet with a Career Advisor.

 

 

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

Equal Opportunity Publications | Browse upcoming job fairs and get career guidance

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities | Explore profiles of featured employers, employees, and students, and access a membership directory

ETS Guidelines for Students with Disabilities | Resources for students regarding ETS accommodations for test taking (GRE, TOEFL etc.)

Independent Living Research Utilization Job Announcements | Search for job opportunities across the country

Job Accommodation Network | This consulting firm provides information on job accommodation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and employment opportunities.

Americans with Disabilities Act | A guide for people with disabilities seeking employment

Bender Consulting Services | Recruitment and hiring services for professionals living with disabilities

disABLEDperson | A job board for people with "disABILITIES", which lists hundreds of new jobs every day posted by companies who are looking to hire people with disabilities.

Lime | “Lime Connect is leading the way as the premier resource for top talent in the disability space by attracting, preparing and connecting highly accomplished individuals with disabilities for careers with the world’s leading corporations”

Work without limits | “a statewide network of engaged employers and innovative, collaborative partners that aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.”

 


Additional Resources

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

Boston College Disability Service Office

  • For additional information, contact Paulette Durrett, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities, at paulette.durrett@bc.edu

Council for Students with Disabilities

Connors Family Learning Center

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. Please schedule an appointment through EagleLink to meet with a Career Coach to discuss any additional questions.

 

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


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.

Rileyguide.com | These are resources set up specifically to meet the needs or address the interests of current and separated military personnel and their families.

 

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

Veterans Affinity Group - advocates for veterans needs and resources, and raises awareness of veterans issues, both as students and faculty/staff

 

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.

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.  

Please schedule an appointment through EagleLink to meet with a Career Advisor to discuss any additional questions.

 

 

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

Advancing Women

Feminist Majority Foundation Jobs Site

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.

 

Additional Resources & Organizations

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