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E-P-A Model

Design your career


Whether you realize it or not, your career journey began long before arriving at Boston College and will continue throughout your life. The career center is here to help guide you as you ask questions and make decisions that put you on a path to a fulfilling life and meaningful career.

The journey begins as you explore answers to what many at Boston College know as “the three questions”: What brings me joy? What am I good at? What does the world need me to be? Your answers to these questions will help us identify the resources you need to explore the world of work, and prepare you for a successful internship, job, or graduate school search.
 

Our model
 

We are all at different stages of our life journeys. The Career Center’s three-step model—Explore, Prepare, Act —will help you recognize where you are and what steps you need to take to achieve your goals. Our staff will help you tap into resources that will equip you with the skills you need to make your next move, and to design your life and career.

 

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1. Explore

Through a variety of experiences at Boston College, you will be reflecting on the three questions: what brings you joy?, what you are good at?, and what does the world need you to be? At this stage, begin turning your reflection into action to find a path that aligns your individual skills, interests, and values with meaningful career opportunities. Complete a self-assessment, participate in retreats, explore industries, have career conversations with alumni, take part in a job shadow, or complete an internship.

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2. Prepare

Whether you are applying for a post-grad opportunity, internship, graduate school, or on-campus position, you will want to highlight what makes you distinct and present your talents in the best light. At this stage, begin to seek opportunities to develop the skills employers seek, and learn how to effectively present your experiences, skills, interests, and values to a potential employer or graduate school. Prepare your resume, craft a cover letter, create a Linkedin profile, draft a personal statement, and develop your networking and interviewing skills.

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3. Act

It’s time to make it all happen. At this stage, begin strategizing your search plan and start pursuing opportunities that align with your interests, skills, and values. Apply and interview for positions, connect with alumni, meet employers at a career fair, or submit your graduate school applications.

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