Faculty and Staff
Our work as a Career Center revolves around empowering students to pursue a meaningful career and life. As a Boston College faculty or staff member, you play a key role in this vision.
The Career Center offers a wealth of services and resources to help support your students in their career development. From resume writing workshops and practice interviews to internship listings and career fairs, we work with students at every step of the way. For a full list of what we offer, view our services and resources.
Request a Workshop
The Boston College Career Center is available to facilitate workshops for individual course instructors or, more broadly, for academic departments. To request a workshop, please review the following information policies and procedures and complete the form below. Please contact the Career Center if you have any questions.
In order to ensure we have an appropriate staff member to lead the presentation, we ask for a minimum of ten business days of advanced notice from the date of the intended presentation.
Types or workshops
Career Reflection Workshop (Typical length: 60-90 minutes)
In the Career Reflection Workshop, students will be asked to reflect on their past experiences and how they relate to future endeavors. In addition, they will identify themes from their experiences, potential areas of development, and next steps in their career discernment process. This workshop can help a range of students, from those who are not sure where to begin their discernment process to those who are trying to identify tangible skills they need to develop to become career ready. In addition, we will help students understand the Career Center’s resources and how to best connect with our office.
Ideal for: Cornerstone, Courage to Know, and Freshman Topic Seminars, as well as for other courses specifically designed for first year students (e.g. Complex Problems and Enduring Questions).
Job & Internship Search Workshop (Typical length: 45-60 minutes)
The Job and Internship Search Workshop will guide students through the various stages of searching for a job or internship from reflecting on past experiences, exploring career paths, preparing to apply for positions, to achieving their goals. As we have staff with expertise in a variety of career clusters, This workshop can be tailored to your students' needs based on industries of interest and hiring timelines.
Ideal for: Faculty who are teaching a course to sophomores through seniors who are actively thinking about internship or post-graduate plans. Faculty who will miss a class period and do not want to cancel the class.
General Overview of Services (Typical length: 15-20 minutes)
A Career Center staff member can visit your class to provide a general overview of our online and in-person services and resources.
Ideal for: Courses where there are students from a wide range of class years or with a variety of career interests. Courses where the faculty member would like to introduce students to Career Center resources, but the syllabus does not allow time for a full-length presentation.
Writing letters of recommendation
Faculty often get requests from students to write letters of recommendation for graduate school or job applications.
The Career Center encourages students to give their recommenders as much relevant information as possible, including their resume and details about their career interests. Students should also provide specific guidelines for each institution to which they are applying.
Here are a few tips on writing a compelling letter recommendation:
- Reference specific skills that are relevant to the application. For a law school recommendation, for example, you could emphasize a student’s strong communication skills and provide an example of a time when the student demonstrated that skill.
- Be specific about the student's coursework. Was the course a demanding one? How well did the student perform oral and written assignments? Did the student do something that stands out in your mind; for example, did the student write a superior term paper or essay? If so, indicate the topic and why it was a superior work. Note the student's potential for intellectual development.
- Indicate how long and in what capacity you have known the student. If you are familiar with the student’s achievements outside the classroom, mention them. Also note any additional information that may be useful, such as work experience or fluency in another language.
- Make your letter look official. Print the letter on Boston College letterhead, and seal it in a letterhead envelope. It is advisable to sign your name across the seal.
- Avoid any questions about confidentiality. Send the letter directly to the institution, instead of giving it to the student to send on your behalf.
NACE provides a good example of a Sample Faculty Reference Letter.