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A Graduate School Decision

November 6, 2014

By Melissa Riesgo, Program Coordinator, Center for Career Development Dear seniors, I know exactly how you are feeling. Graduation is looming over you, and you are starting to panic. For the past four years, your answer to the infamous question “What are you up to these days?” was easy. You could rattle off your impressive-sounding major, which sounded like you had big plans for your future. Now reality is kicking in and you actually have no idea what...

Parents: Tips for Making a Smart Decision about Graduate School

October 31, 2014

By Kimberly DelGizzo, Director, BU Center for Career Development Is your student thinking about graduate school? Many do, but the choice to go isn’t right for everyone, especially right after college. Here are the top three issues that they should be considering before making a decision. #1 – Motivation  Graduate school is a big commitment, so deciding to go should be based on the right reasons. Is your son or daughter ready to specialize in a specific field?...

Not Sure About Pre-Med?

October 30, 2014

By Doug Edwards, Career Counselor, BU Center for Career Development Did you come to BU thinking that you wanted to be a doctor, but things have changed? Maybe you are having second thoughts or maybe the coursework is killing you. Whatever the reason, if you’re wondering whether being a doctor really is the right choice for you than you have probably contemplated alternative career paths in healthcare. First, the obvious: you can have a career as a...

Personal Branding and the Job Search

October 23, 2014

By Jesse Ohrenberger, Assistant Director, Counseling and Programs A personal brand is a consistent message about you, your career, and what you want to be known for in your field, not unlike distinguishing between product brands. It can be very powerful because it allows you to deliver a message about what separates you from other candidates with similar qualifications. How do you build your brand? First, begin with reflection. What makes you special or unique? These could be...

Uploading Documents to BU CareerLink

October 16, 2014

By Corinne Montanaro, Recruiting Coordinator  You’ve heard all about applying for internships and jobs through BU CareerLink, but did you also know that you can manage all of your career-related documents too? That includes your resumes, cover letters, transcripts, and more? Here are some instructions and a few tips to ensure it all goes smoothly. Step-by-Step Instructions 1. Click on the DOCUMENTS tab at the top of any BU CareerLink page 2. Click Add NEW 3. Name the document to be...

The Question Every Curious Person Should Ask

October 9, 2014

By Doug Edwards, Career Counselor  By ‘curious’ I mean really curious. You think learning something is its own reward. If you could be a student for the rest of your life, you would. That kind of curious. You’re interested in so many things, you’ve had a hard time choosing a major or particular career path. The advice “follow your interests” points in too many directions. In fact, “follow your passion” isn’t helpful because your passion is to...

Summer Experience Showcase

October 2, 2014

By Eleanor Cartelli, Associate Director, Marketing and Communications Next summer might feel far away now, but the school year always seems to fly by, doesn’t it? Plus, the sooner you start planning, the more likely it is that whatever you do will be a truly great experience. But if you don’t have any idea what to do, how do you figure it out? A great way to get started is to talk to other Terriers about...

Parents: Cover Letters: The Broccoli of Professional Development

September 29, 2014

By Kimberly DelGizzo, Director, BU Center for Career Development A lot of people, students included, dread writing cover letters and try to avoid the task if at all possible. Like broccoli, cover letters are good for you and aren’t as tough to conquer as some might think. Some students don’t realize why cover letters are important, believing a resume is enough. Some postpone applying for internships or jobs until the last minute, not leaving themselves time to...

10 Ways that Using the CCD Can Help You Land a Great Internship

September 25, 2014

By Kimberly DelGizzo, Director, Center for Career Development Maybe you’ve done an internship already or maybe you haven’t yet, but either way you probably know that having done at least one increases your chances of getting a great job after graduation. At the CCD, we want to help all students figure out where they want to go and how to get there, and internships are a big piece of the puzzle. But, you may be asking, how...

First Generation Students: How to Find Support on Campus

September 18, 2014

By Tesla Abrego, Student Outreach Coordinator, Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center Congratulations! You are the first person in your family to go to college! Undoubtedly, you have overcome many challenges along the way and are now living, studying, and exploring with your peers at Boston University. By now you have picked up some swag from the Barnes & Noble bookstore, swiped in for a Ben & Jerry’s run at Late Night, and  “bff'ed” it...