Career Services for Graduate Students
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Welcome graduate students!
Graduate students have access to all of the Career Center’s programs and resources, as well as individual coaching. Our career coaches understand that your career needs are unique and look forward to collaborating with you. We offer 15 minute drop-ins for resume, cover letter, CV, and LinkedIn profile review, as well as 30 minute career coaching meetings for more in-depth conversations. While your academic department serves as a primary resource for field-specific career information, we encourage you to utilize the Career Center to enhance your career exploration, interviewing, networking, and job search skills. If you are planning an academic job search, faculty from your academic department are the best resource for career guidance.
The Boston College Career Center primarily serves graduate students from the following schools:
- Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
- Lynch School of Education
- Connell School of Nursing
- School of Theology and Ministry
- Woods College of Advancing Studies
Several other schools and colleges at Boston College have their own career centers and resources for graduate students.
- Carroll School of Management Graduate Career Development
- Boston College Law School Career Center
- School of Social Work Career Services
- The Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL) understands that being a graduate student can be an equally rewarding and challenging experience. The competing demands of your program, job or internship, or family or friends may be difficult to balance. OGSL offers a variety of programs and services to assist graduate and professional students in navigating the challenges of graduate student life. Check out the Murray Graduate Student Center and explore the OGSL website to find out how to make the most of your time here at Boston College.
Connect with professionals in your field of interest, research organizations, and find positions. Join the Boston College Career Community to connect with alumni.
Have you been thinking about the next steps for your career? The Versatile PhD is a resource for graduate students interested in exploring non-academic career options. Their mission is "to help graduate students identify, prepare for, and excel in possible non-academic careers.”
GoinGlobal facilitates domestic and international employment by providing the global career seeker with everything he/she needs to know to make an informed decision.
Vault Career Intelligence is a career information web site, providing employee surveys of top employers, career advice, job listings, and industry career guides.
Practice your interviewing skills via InterviewStream! Create a free InterviewStream account, select interview questions to practice, and review.
Graduate students are invited to attend any of the Career Center’s workshops, information sessions, and events unless otherwise specified within the event description. The following are several other upcoming events that might be of particular interest to BC graduate students.
Career Center Events
Design Your Life: Find Your Dream Job or Internship
October 2, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. | Gasson 305
Branding Your Transferable Skills
October 4, 2017 | 4:00–4:30 p.m. | Virtual Webinar
In this 30 minute webinar, we will discuss strategies for leveraging and branding the transferable skills you are gaining as a graduate student at Boston College in your job search.
Communication Secrets: Stand Out and Get the Position You Want
October 17, 2017 | 12:00-12:30 p.m. | Cushing 001 Auditorium
Know Your Worth: Salary Negotiation Workshop
October 19, 2017 | 5:00-5:30 p.m. | Gasson 304
STEM Career & Internship Fair
October 25, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Heights Room
Graduate Student Drop-ins Week
Nov. 6 - Nov. 10 | 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. | Various locations
Virtual Events from Versatile PhD
Versatile PhD will host four "Ask Me Anything" events with PhD career experts. Each event will take place over three days, giving you ample time to ask questions and follow up.
To learn more about these events, follow this link.
October 11-13, 2017
Peter Fiske (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
February 26-28, 2018
Joseph Barber (University of Pennsylvania Career Center)
Jenny Furlong (CUNY Graduate Center Office of Career Planning and Professional Development)
April 17-19, 2018
Thi Nguyen (Washington University in St. Louis Graduate School)
Fatimah Williams Castro (Beyond the Tenure Track)
Reflect on your past experiences. How have they driven you to your current graduate program? How is this program helping you grow professionally and reach your short-term and long-term goals?
As you have questions, make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your career path. To schedule an appointment, visit EagleLink or call the Career Center at 617–552–3430
Actively engage with alumni through the LinkedIn Boston College Career Community group, informational interviews, and etc. Ask thoughtful questions that will help you conduct a successful job search and share advice with your peers based on your own experiences.
Consider joining a professional association in your chosen field to connect with like-minded professionals, stay current in the industry, and learn about opportunities.
Update your résumé, CV, and LinkedIn profile to reflect your graduate education, internships, research, work experiences, or volunteer opportunities. A CV is used primarily for academic and research job searches; a résumé is used for most other industries. For a review of any of these documents, visit Career Center drop-in hours.
Develop your self-marketing skills: How will you speak about your strengths and goals in a résumé or cover letter or during an interview? Hone these skills by utilizing InterviewStream or setting up a practice interview appointment with a Career Center advisor.
Attend Career Center workshops on a variety of career-related topics. Find a complete listing of events in EagleLink.
Attend a career fair. Before you attend, make sure to research the organizations in which you are interested by checking out their website, social media platforms, and conducting a Google News search of the organization.
Attend information sessions held by employers on campus. These sessions allow you to learn more about opportunities in these organizations and provide you with a chance to connect with employers. Find schedule information in EagleLink.
For PhD students seeking resources for the job search outside of academia, Versatile PhD is a great resource for learning about alternative career paths and how to effectively market your unique skills and experiences.
Obtain a graduate assistantship at Boston College to gain additional professional experience and to help fund your graduate education.
Apply for positions based on the appropriate timeline for your industry. Keep in mind that most fields hire on an “as-needed” basis, which means you begin to see open positions in the spring semester. Use resources such as EagleLink, career fairs, networking events, and LinkedIn.
Complete practicums/ internships and shadow professionals in your industry to learn more about different work environments.