Get to Know the Career Center
Learn about our mission, vision, and shared values that form the foundation of how we work at the Boston College Career Center.
As BC faculty and staff, you are key partners in empowering students to pursue meaningful careers and lives. Our community's collective participation in career education is vital to ensuring all students have equitable access to career resources and opportunities. Because the academic experience is the one and only common experience among all BC students, your role in a student's career discernment and planning is a critical part of ensuring equity. Without your assistance in integrating career development into the classroom and advising, students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds may miss out on career opportunities, be less aware of their options, and feel less prepared to pursue their goals. We are here to support you in this work.
We invite you to partner with us to provide the best possible career resources to our students. Below are actions you can take to support students with their career journeys.
Students are gaining the skills they need to succeed in their careers in the classroom. To help them make the connection, highlight the skills they will be learning in your class on the syllabus.
Eagle Exchange is Boston College’s online platform to connect students, alumni, and the rest of the BC community for professional conversations, networking, and mentorship. We invite you to join the platform to connect with alumni and reconnect with your past students.
Handshake is a student’s go-to tool for career-related activity at Boston College, from searching for jobs and internships, to accessing events, to scheduling appointments with career coaches. We invite you to explore the job/internship postings on Handshake and learn about employers who are hiring BC students.
Discuss students’ specific skills as developed and applied in their work with you and how they may translate to the opportunity to which the student is applying.
Be specific about students’ performance in your course. Was the course a demanding one? How well did the student perform relative to other students? 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, you may mention them, but remember, keep your comments specific to your direct work with the student. Do not simply rehash the student’s resume.
If you are submitting a hard copy, 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 via mail, email, or an application service instead of giving it to the student to send on your behalf.
Under no circumstances should you have students draft their own letters of recommendation to which you will sign your name.
Use this resource to help students reflect on the skills they built in a class that they have taken. Recommended time: at the end of a semester.
Use this resource to help students set goals for building skills in their future coursework. Recommended time: at the beginning of a semester/during course registration.