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The Career Fair: What You Need To Know

February 1st, 2018 in Make It Happen, Uncategorized

Sarah Thomas 1By Sarah Thomas, Marketing & Communications Manager

Every spring and fall, the Center for Career Development hosts the BU All-Majors Career Fair. This semester’s fair was Wednesday, February 14, from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the GSU in Metcalf Hall.

We also host other Career Fairs for specialized fields throughout the year.

If you want to get the most out of your time at a Career Fair, you’ll need the inside scoop. Here are our tips.

Two Weeks Before the Fair

  • RSVP to the Fair on Handshake, as well as on Facebook. Clicking “Interested” or “Going” on the Facebook event listing is great for reminders, but there’s a lot more to getting ready than just remembering the date and time. Handshake is your best bet for receiving important information, so make sure you RSVP!The Career Fair is a featured event, so look for the “Upcoming Events at Boston U” file in your Handshake feed. Or head to “Events” and then search for fairs.
  • Polish Up Your Resume. You should plan on bringing at least 10-15 paper copies of your resume, and you want it to look its best. Update your resume with any new job, internship, or volunteer experiences you’ve had, and proofread it closely for spelling or grammar issues. Check out our resume web page if you want some more info on improving your resume. You can also join our Polish Your Resume 15-Minute Power Workshop on Feb. 7.You can also schedule a resume review with us here at the CCD! Simply log into Handshake and make an appointment for an in-person or online resume review, depending on what works better with your schedule.

One Week Before the Fair

  • Research Registered Organizations. The single most important thing you can do to stand out in a good way at the Career Fair is be knowledgable about the organizations attending before you speak with recruiters. In fact, the main complaint we hear from recruiters is that they don’t want to be asked what their organization does, they want students to know in advance. We make it easy to do your research ahead of time! The organizations attending the fair are all listed on Handshake. If you have an hour to spend at the fair, select 3-5 organizations you want to speak with. Read their Handshake listing, visit their website, and find out what jobs or internships they hire for.If you are an international student, you’ll also want to research the attending organizations that welcome speaking with international candidates. You can find this info listed in their descriptions on Handshake.
  • Get Ready with Workshops! The CCD has tons of programming to help you go to the fair with your best foot forward. On Wednesday, February 7, we will be holding 15-minute Power Workshops on topics to help you research organizations, navigate the fair, talk to recruiters, and plan your outfit. We’ll also have a panel discussion on “Curvy Careers” with successful professionals in fields different from their college major. It’s a great event to see additional career path options and learn how to communicate transferable skills.We also have lots of other workshops on networking, interviewing, and other topics scheduled between now and the Career Fair. Check out our calendar to find workshops you’re interested in.

A Few Days Before the Fair

  • Plan Your Outfit. You get one chance to make a first impression, and what you wear is a big part of how recruiters see you. Make sure your outfit is clean (dry cleaning is best for suits and delicate blouses), pressed, and you’ve done any hemming or tailoring you need. Not sure what to wear? We recommend:
         – A plain dress shirt, blouse and cardigan, or dressy sweater
         – Plain slacks or an office-appropriate skirt or dress
         – Close-toed shoes (not sneakers)
    You can also wear a business suit, if you have one. It’s generally a good choice when meeting an employer.In addition to these guidelines, use good judgment. The fair is crowded, and you will likely be on your feet for a few hours. Wear something you’ll be comfortable in if you have to walk a long way or bend down to pick up a pencil. We also recommend avoiding jangly jewelry or heavy scents; some recruiters (and students) are sensitive, and you want to be courteous. Also, think about if you can leave your backpack at home, but if not plan to check your bag and coat at the Career Fair coat check. It’ll make your day a lot easier!
  • Practice Your Pitch. You don’t want to go up to a recruiter and ask, “What do you do?” They want to learn about YOU. Use the research you’ve done on the organization to craft a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ that introduces yourself and explains why you’d be a good fit. For example, you could say, “Hi! My name is Barack and I am a Political Science and Pre-Law student. I am passionate about community service and have a track record of success with political campaigns. I hope to find a role that lets me use my public speaking and writing credentials.” Find an elevator pitch that works for you.

The Morning of the Fair

  • Let Your Friends Know You’re Going! It’s a lot more fun to go to the Career Fair with friends. Post that you’re attending on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat stories, and use the hashtag #BUCareerFair. You can also use our custom Snapchat filter. You just might see your posts on the jumbo board!
  • Get Your Stuff Together. Print out your resume and get a folder to put it in. Have a notepad and pen ready so you can write down contact information or instructions for follow-up after the fair, and have a way to carry around any cards employers give you. If you wish, you can even bring some business cards of your own.

When You Arrive at the Fair

  • Check In! Bring your BU ID for easy entrance to the fair. Make sure to pick up a map and the list of organizations in attendance.
  • Check Your Coat and Bag. We have a fully staffed coat check at the back of Ziskind Lounge. Ziskind Lounge also serves as a student lobby for you to get yourself organized.
  • Stop by the First-Time Attendee Table for Help. We have staff on hand and tons of handouts to help with any question you might have. You can also practice your elevator pitch!
  • Get a LinkedIn Headshot! Swiping in with your BU ID at the Conference Auditorium allows you to have a professional headshot taken for LinkedIn! Spots fill up fast, so arrive early if you want to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Silence Your Cell Phone. You’re here to talk to recruiters, so make sure you’re focused!
  • Go in and Have Fun! When you talk to recruiters, greet them with a handshake and give your elevator pitch. Listen carefully to their needs and try to answer their questions fully and honestly. Make sure you ask every recruiter for next steps, particularly if you’re interested in a specific position, and get their contact info for follow-up. Lastly, respect the recruiters’ time. They have a lot of students to talk to!
  • Before You Leave, Take the Survey. We use the results of our student exit surveys to make each Career Fair better.

The Day After The Fair

  • Follow Up. Send thank-you notes to each recruiter you spoke to and provide any follow-up information they may have requested.
  • Reflect on the Experience. Were there things you wish you had done differently? Said differently? Think about your Career Fair experience closely and you might find lessons for future career development experiences, or even lessons you use in classes! Here’s a post from the ERC about how reflecting on the Career Fair helps your education.

With these tips, you should have no trouble at all having a fantastic experience at the Career Fair! We hope to see you and your friends on Wednesday, February 14!

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Internship Series: The Boston Globe

November 22nd, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Natasha MascarenhasNatasha M. internship

COM ’19 | Journalism

Business Department Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

NM: I curate the weekly/daily agenda of the latest business events, maintain the @GlobeBiz twitter account and coordinate social media around breaking news stories, and write breaking news pieces for the Metro section. I also work on features and news briefs for the business section, and I run the Bloomberg Stock Exchange Machine and update the Top 25 Companies in the mass index.

CCD: What surprised you about your summer experience? 

NM: Everyone is so humble, despite being so accomplished. You’d be surprised how many reporters would get lunch with you to talk about journalism.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans? 

NM: It confirmed that I want to work at a daily publication. Working for a traditional paper amidst its transition to a more unconventional, dynamic and challenging paper is essential. There are no instructions on how to get rid of the “fake news stereotype” other than to dynamically deliver amazing journalism everyday. Being with people who have worked in the industry for as many as 40 years, or as few as 4 months – shows me that it’s an ongoing conversation and something I’d like to be a part of.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship experience?

NM: Ask questions, never say no even if the task isn’t in your job description, and most definitely offer your experience if you think it would help. For me it was nominating myself for the @GlobeBiz Twitter position. I had a lot of downtime between stories and I wanted to contribute in some way, this was how I did it.

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Internship Series: General Electric – Aviation

November 1st, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Alejandra FloresAlejandra Flores internship

ENG ’18 | Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Systems Design Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities?

AF: I verified accuracy between balloon notes on S-500 drawings to their corresponding database to manufacture as-designed engine parts; supported execution of the TERN Lube System Simulator test through data reduction and evaluation of rig performance to meet design intent; researched, tested, and performed T64 bearing load sensitivity study for upcoming flight test program; led mechanical systems on Software Requirement Document (SRD) for CT7-8 radial drive shaft.

CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?

AF: Email etiquette, how to interact with employers outside of an office setting, and presentation skills.

CCD: What is one challenge you encountered during your summer experience and how did you manage it? 

AF: A challenge I encountered was having to do a project that had a lot of missing information and having to make educated estimates of values in order to continue the calculations.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience?

AF: Talk to as many people as possible! Everyone has a lot to offer and share and they are looking to share it, all you have to do is ask and take interest.

CCD: What’s next for you?

AF: Hopefully getting a job with GE!

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Internship Series: Pfizer

October 25th, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Brian ChirnBrian Chirn internship

SAR/CAS ’18 | Health Science & Biology

Summer Intern/Research Assistant

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

BC: I worked in the drug discovery and internal medicine department on a team of several scientists. During my time at this internship, I optimized a functional assay which tested cell surface expression for GCPRs. I planned and carried out experiments, graphed data, and analyzed trends.

CCD: What is one challenge you encountered during your summer experience and how did you manage it? 

BC: One challenge I encountered during my internship was that my experiments wouldn’t work out! But that’s part of the scientific method. During this frustrating time, I sat down with my supervisor and we troubleshot potential steps I could improve upon. In the end, with thoughtful backtracking, we were able to produce data that was presentable and significant.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your summer experience? 

BC: When I was preparing to leave I needed to organize all of the data I had collected over the summer for the next person to pick up where I had left off. After organizing it all, I sent it to my supervisor and I was shocked at just how much progress I had made in my short time there. It was really rewarding knowing my work will be continued even after I leave.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience? 

BC: One thing I learned from this internship was how important asking for help is. As the newest employee, it was often hard figuring out where certain things were, or why my data wasn’t turning out the way we expected. But people around you want to help and this was a valuable lesson I learned.

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Internship Series: Central Michigan University

October 18th, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Anna BarcalaAnna Barcala internship

CAS ’20 | Marine Science

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Researcher

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

AB: I helped to come up with and plan the project that our team worked on for ten weeks, sampled nutrients daily, filtered all the nutrient samples, and analyzed and presented the findings for total nutrient dynamics.

CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences? 

AB: For me, as a scientist, learning the process of working on a study and how to make the research count will be the most beneficial. The experience of setting up my own project and working on a team are skills that apply to every type of internship or hands-on experience.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your summer experience?

AB: We did midnight zooplankton tows to test if there was a temporal difference in zooplankton abundance. Wading through the water in complete darkness, while it was at its most calm, is something I will never forget.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

AB: I do not want to study water chemistry; I already knew that. However, I did learn a lot from the experience about what getting a Master’s and a PhD mean. I did not realize all of the things that you could do with either, and I did not realize the limitations that both bring. Learning this expanded my ideas of what I could do with a PhD, but it also opened my eyes to careers that you can no longer have with a PhD. I think I know less about what I want to do after having gone through the program, but this is mainly because now I know that there is so much more that I could do.

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Internship Series: Arena Stage

October 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Emily GianvecchioEmily Gianvecchio internship

COM ’18 | Public Relations

Development Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

EG: My main responsibility as an intern was to assist each member in our 12 person department with various tasks and projects. These responsibilities included writing and editing grant applications and sponsorship proposals for our Foundation Relations Manager and Corporate Relations Manager. I researched individual donor prospects, foundations, and corporations that we were looking to solicit. I updated our donor database consistently and had a whole project dedicated to documenting planned giving. Other accomplishments of mine included redesigning informational material about the organization, coordinating donor event logistics, and writing and editing donation acknowledgment letters. I also had daily tasks such as filing donor records and managing auction donation requests.

CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this internship?

EG: 1. Grant writing. Learning what foundations like to hear and what they value from grant applicants completely changed my style of writing for this purpose. I learned so much about my organization in having to write about it as well. Grant writing is also a skill applicable beyond theatrical organizations. 2. Donor stewardship. Working in Development means talking to donors and talking about money, which can be a sensitive subject. I was so grateful for the opportunity to learn about the best language to use when asking for support and also what methods are best for continuing relationships with patrons. 3. Research. I thought I knew how to research before this internship, but this experience opened my eyes to many different tools to find information and the most clear and concise way to present that information to department superiors.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

EG: This experience reaffirmed my choice to follow a career path in Arts Administration and opened my eyes to the idea of pursuing Development specifically. Going into this experience, I thought that I would just be trying something new, but would end up continuing on another path within the theatre. Now I am not so sure! In fact, I have another internship in Development lined up for this fall. This experience also welcomed me to D.C. and made me realize that it is a city I can see myself living after graduation.

CCD: What were some of the benefits of this internship?

EG: The benefits of doing an internship at Arena Stage are endless! Not only did I gain a variety of valuable career skills, but I also met lots of interesting people. I got to know everyone in my department so well and had access to everyone in the organization. Everyone was so willing to answer all of my questions and connect me to other people. I now have a whole network of close colleagues outside of Boston thanks to my internship.

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Internship Series: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

October 4th, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Kristin JohnKristin Johnson internship

Questrom/CAS ’20 | Business Administration & Economics

Consulting Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

KJ: I consulted for a fashion brand of a nonprofit based in Ahmedabad, India. The fashion brand created a livelihood for poor, rural women by incorporating their traditional embroidery skills into a profitable business.

CCD: How did you find the position, and what resources helped you get the internship?

KJ: I found this internship through Questrom, as it is partnered with Newcastle University to offer several internships to students in India, Israel, and the U.K. I got more information through the Questrom UDC.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

KJ: My most memorable moment was our field visit into a small village in rural India. We spent the day conducting market research into fashion trends in that area. The whole village came to greet us and the villagers were so kind, helpful, and welcoming. I never thought I would experience this in my life. It was eye-opening.

CCD: What were some of the benefits of your internship?

KJ: Being in India allowed me to understand an entirely different culture from the American culture I was raised in. It was awesome to live and experience a developing country. Additionally, I enjoyed my internship because I researched and analyzed an entire business, looking at all the different functions in the business. Then, I had to come up with suggestions for the company to improve and become more profitable. I learned that I really liked this kind of work.

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Internship Series: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Malawi

September 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Rachel EdwardsRachel Edwards internship

CAS ’20 | Sociology and Environmental Analysis & Policy

Overseas Summer Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

RE: I worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to analyze, review, and present data from the 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey. I also traveled to conduct Data Quality Assessments at district and outreach health facilities in Lilongwe, Balaka, and Salima. Additionally, I provided organizational support to the Family Health Team of USAID Malawi.

CCD: What was the best thing about this experience? What was the worst?

RE: The best thing about this experience was the opportunity to work with data and perform data quality assessments at primary data sources. The worst part about this experience was identifying systematic data quality issues without having the appropriate means to combat them.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

RE: This experience solidified my interest in development. Additionally, it gave me hands on experience with data, reaffirming how necessary data collection and analysis are in the human sciences.

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Internship Series: Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren

September 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Jonathan HauserJonathan Hauser Internship

CAS/Pardee ’18 | International Relations & French Studies

Congressional Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

JH: I attended and transcribed notes from policy briefings and luncheons, documented the concerns of constituents surrounding policies and current events through various mediums, and performed administrative tasks such as delivering ‘Dear Colleague’ letters. Overall, I helped ensure the efficient management of the Senator’s D.C. office.

CCD: What was the best part of the experience? What was the worst?

JH: The best part of this experience was interacting with constituents and representing the Senator. I came to understand the importance of connecting with the public as a politician and ensuring that the political process remains visible. The worst part of the internship was receiving phone calls from non-constituents who only said hateful things about the Senator with no evidence.

CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?

JH: Patience, organization, and being inquisitive.

CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences? 

JH: I have learned how to better interact with coworkers in a political setting and how to keep composed even when somebody has extremely differing opinions from your own.

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Advice from the Other Side: Your First Week

September 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sarah Farkas 1By Sarah Farkas
Assistant Director of Mentoring & Outreach, Educational Resource Center

Welcome back, Terriers! And if you’re a brand new Terrier, welcome to your very first week as a Boston University student. Let’s begin by examining a very important question: What should your first week back to school or starting school look like? One day (sooner than you think) you’ll be entering the very first week of a new job, and if you learn to prepare like a pro while at school, all of the transitions that come later will be much easier for you. And whether you’re new to BU or not, the first weeks are always a pretty big transition. Here’s what your first week (or weeks) can look like if you’re on top of your game: 

Read Your Syllabi and Read them Well

You know that document that your professors hand out to you on the first day of each class? That’s called a syllabus and it’s important, so go ahead a fish it out of the trash (or find it on blackboard). In so many ways, minding the syllabus can be key to academic success because just about all the information that you need for the semester is contained within in. You’ve got book selections, due dates, test format, expectations, office hours, Faculty and Teaching Fellow contact information…the list goes on! So, take some time this week to read your syllabi and make note of all your important due dates. This can be in a planner, on your phone, on a paper or electronic calendar, but it can’t be inside your head. Make note of when your professor’s office hours and make sure that they don’t conflict with other classes; if they do, find out if your professor will see you by appointment. Doing these things now will make it much easier for you when you actually have an exam or need to see your professor—the logistics will already be taken care of.  

Explore Campus and Find Your Perfect Study Spot 

Whether it’s your fourth or first year at BU, you should always be looking for hidden gems on campus—I assure you, there are many! If it’s your fourth year, you may think you’ve found your perfect spot at Mugar, but have you checked out the Theology library? Did you know that CAS has a new Think Tank that’s perfect for studying? Too often, we decide where to study haphazardly, but atmosphere can make so much of a difference in helping you focus and get the work done. Maybe you need to be in your dorm room or apartment. Maybe you need to be on the 6th floor of the Yawkey Center because of that view of The Charles (I’m biased). My point is that you’ll never know where the best place is for you in terms of performance and focus if you don’t experiment and explore. Take the first few weeks of the semester to do just that! 

These are just two small things that you can do during the first week or weeks of the semester. Stay tuned for tips from my friends at the CCD and never hesitate to reach out the ERC to talk about syllabi management, study strategies, or anything else related to academics. We’re so excited to see you again! 

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