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Launch: Career Preparation Certificate

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Launch

Launch is a series of workshops and activities designed to prepare you for the job and internship search. Topics include resumes, cover letters, networking, search strategies, and interviewing. A certificate is awarded upon the completion of the series and the submission of a final portfolio.

Launch is ideal for you if you have narrowed down your career interests and are ready to take the next step in achieving your goals. 

This program is open all undergraduate students majoring in the liberal arts and will begin on September 4, 2018 for the fall semester.

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Upon completing Launch, you will be able to:

1. Connect your skills, interests, and values to specific opportunities of interest.

2. Articulate your experiences, skills, interests, and values through application materials, such as resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and personal statements.

3. Explain how your experiences, skills, interests, and values relate to opportunities through networking conversations and/or interviews.

4. Create a plan to develop skills and competencies required for a particular field of interest.

5. Outline a plan of action for your search process.

 


 

  • How Launch works:

You simply enroll in Launch at the beginning of the semester in which you would like to start and you have a full calendar year to complete the in-person and online activities. You can move at your own pace throughout the year to complete the seven steps. While it is recommended you go in order, you can complete the series in a different order as needed.

View the workshop schedule and register in EagleLink

At the end of each semester, the Career Center will determine who has completed all requirements and will issue a certificate of completion signed by the Career Center and the Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.
 

Requirements
Step one:
Watch a brief introductory video on Canvas

Step two:

  1. Attend a resume workshop and lab
    • Tuesday, September 4, 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, September 10, 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, September 17, 6:00 p.m.
  2. Visit the Career Center for a drop-in resume critique
Step three:
  1. Attend a cover letter workshop and lab
    • Tuesday, September 11, 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.
  2. Optional: Visit the Career Center for a drop-in cover letter critique
Step four:
  1. Attend a networking workshop with lab
    • Tuesday, September 25, 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, October 15, 4:30 p.m.
  2. Conduct an informational interview and respond to 2-3 provided questions to reflect on the value of the conversation
  3. Optional: Visit the Career Center for a drop-in LinkedIn profile critique 

Step five:

  1. Attend a job/internship search strategies workshop
    • Tuesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.
  2. Find a job internship description of interest and use Vault (or a similar resource) to write-up a brief reflection on what skills you have and what skills you need to develop
  3. Develop a search plan

Step six:

  1. Attend an interviewing skills workshop and lab
    • Wedneday, September 19, 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 2, 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
  2. Respond to a few video interview questions via Canvas or schedule a practice interview with a career coach

Step seven:
Submit your final porfolio, including copies of your resume, cover letter, informational interview reflection, completed career readiness worksheet, job/internship search plan, and reflection on how you will continue to devlop skills during your remaining time at Boston College.