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Your Career Plan – Sophomore Year

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Use sophomore year to explore different career fields of interest. During sophomore year, make connections, grow your network, and continue to lay the framework for your continued career development. If you are just getting started, refer to the freshman timeline for additional guidance.

Reflect
Think Critically

  • If you haven’t yet declared a major, be open-minded and consider options that will interest and challenge you. Make use of your meetings with pre-major and major advisors.  Attend departmental events to find out about specific majors and meet students already in the majors.
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory or SkillScan to help you reflect on your strengths and interests, and to begin identifying potential career goals. Meet with a Career Coach to review your results.
  • Participate in Endeavor: the Liberal Arts Advantage for Sophomores to explore, reflect, and learn how to act on your career interests and goals, while connecting the value of your liberal arts education to your future.
  • Look for opportunities, such as BC’s Halftime Retreat, to help you reflect and put your sophomore experience into perspective.
  • If you haven’t already done so, set up your EagleLink profile for access to BC’s internship, job and career event database.

Explore
Learn

  • Attend Career Center, University, and academic department events.
  • Consider participating in an externship to gain a greater understanding of the workplace.
  • Talk with BC alumni and other professionals in your fields of interest to learn more about potential career paths. The Boston College Career Community on LinkedIn is a great way to connect with professionals in the field. You can also conduct a “Find Alumni” search on LinkedIn by major.
  • Find a mentor on campus; it could be a professor, staff member, or upperclass student.
  • Consider study abroad opportunities for Junior Year to gain a global perspective on your career interests and build skills.
  • Explore career resources such as the Vault Guidebooks, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and O*Net to gain information about occupations, career fields, and companies.
  • Get involved in campus organizations or volunteer opportunities of interest.
  • Attend a career fair to learn more about careers, industries, and companies that are offering internship and job opportunities.

Prepare
Get Ready

  • Stay active in student organizations and apply for a leadership position.
  • Make an appointment with a Career Coach to create an action plan for your goals. To schedule, login to EagleLink. Begin to articulate skills gained from your student club, volunteer, or work experiences into active bullet statements on your resume.
  • Learn the basics and finer points of cover letter writing.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile to make sure it includes your summer experience, internships, on-campus activities and leadership, and your skills. Schedule an appointment to have your LinkedIn profile reviewed or participate in Resume & LinkedIn Night.
  • Look at the Search Strategies section of the Career Center website to identify several approaches to finding jobs and internships.
  • Build relationships with professors and academic advisors who may become mentors or references. Learn how to appropriately ask for a reference.
  • Participate in Practice Interview Night to test your interview skills and get feedback from a real employer.
  • Learn about the On-Campus Recruiting program and find out if employers in which you are interested are coming to campus to interview.

Achieve
Accomplish

  • Attend at least one Career Center workshop, career chat, information session, or expert-in-residence session. Login to EagleLink to view upcoming events and RSVP.
  • Look for leadership opportunities in the student organizations in which you are involved. Consider participating in LeaderShape.
  • Find an internship or other experiential learning opportunity for the summer. Finding an experience different from the one in which you participated after freshman year can help you to further explore different work environments and gain new skill sets. Students considering unpaid internships can apply to the Eagle Intern Fellowship Program.

Ready to take a look at your junior year plan? Follow this link.