For Alumni

The Center for Career Development provides a range of services to Boston University graduates. From searching for opportunities and posting resumes on Handshake to attending workshops and events or receiving career counseling, our services help you continue to advance your career or plan your next move.

Note: The CCD’s services and resources are available to eligible Boston University alumni only.

Remember to check out the BU Alumni Association for other services.

Boston University alumni have 24/7 access to search for opportunities, sign up for on-campus events, and manage multiple resumes, cover letters, and other employment-related documents. Through Handshake, you can:

  • Post resumes and cover letters
  • Apply for internships and jobs
  • Register to attend CCD events and programs
  • Access GoingGlobal and USA Career Guides
  • Practice interviewing with Big Interviews

Log in to get started with Handshake.
Request a new Handshake account.
Request updates to your existing Handshake account.

Practice interviewing with Big Interview, an online mock interview resource available 24/7 through Handshake. Select your questions, record your answers, critique yourself, and email your video interview to friends, family, mentors, and advisors for feedback.

Individual career counseling appointments are free to BU alums for two years following graduation. For alumni who graduated more than two years ago, we offer appointments with our counselors for a fee of $25 per appointment. Typically, appointments are in heavier demand by current students during the first half of each semester (September-October, late January-March) and can only be scheduled up to 3 weeks in advance. If you have some flexibility in when you might want an appointment, we encourage you to trying to schedule during the summer (May-August) or later in the semester (November-December, April).

Schedule an appointment with Handshake. Request a new Handshake account. Questions? Call 617-353-3590.

Career inventories, combined with career counseling, are available for BU alumni. The inventories package assists with self-discovery and includes:

  • An intake appointment
  • Two follow-up appointments for the administration and interpretation of the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Skills and Values card sorts

Appointments are $25 each, the Strong Interest Inventory is $9.95 +tax, and the MBTI is $14.95 +tax.

Schedule an appointment with Handshake. Please indicate your interest in career inventories for self-assessment. Request a new Handshake account.

All BU alumni are welcome to attend any of our career fairs, free of charge. Please be aware that many employers at fairs (although not all) primarily target entry-level candidates, and might be less able to provide information for candidates with extensive experience.

The Career Advisory Network, or CAN, is a database of BU alumni who have volunteered to speak with BU students and other alums about their careers. CAN should be used for career exploration, informational interviewing, or networking only, and not for conducting internship or job searches. The database is maintained by the BU Alumni Association.

Join the official Boston University alumni group, administered by the BU Alumni Association. As the fourth-largest private research university in the nation, we are a community of more than 300,000 living and working around the world. Your Alumni Association celebrates your achievements, and looks forward to being by your side as you navigate the exciting opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

The goal of this group is to serve, to involve, and to inform the BU alumni community in order to build powerful networks, promote mentoring, create initiatives, and execute programs which connect us to each other, our communities, current students and faculty, and to Boston University. Join the conversation on LinkedIn.

As a graduate of BU, there are many ways to stay connected. The BU Alumni Networks organized by geography, industry, and shared interests can help you engage in the ways that are most meaningful to you. BU Alumni Networks organize engaging events worldwide throughout the year that connect the alumni community and foster career development.

The CCD has discontinued its paper credential service. We now refer our clients to Interfolio for processing credentials. Interfolio is an online service that provides safe storage and the ability to send your credentials documents electronically or in hard copy. New CCD clients should open accounts directly with Interfolio.

Those who currently have paper files with our office have the following options:

  • Transfer the contents of your BU credentials file to Interfolio. We will send your file to Interfolio and arrange for a one-year account. To facilitate this transition, BU will pay for the account set-up. (Note: this only applies to those who already have an established paper file with the CCD.)
  • Close your BU credentials file and have the confidential contents destroyed.
  • Send your file to the credential file office of a different institution where you may have received an undergraduate or graduate degree. BU will send your documents, but you will need to make your own arrangements to open a file at your other institution.

Please call 617-353-3590 with further instructions on how to transfer your file. Paper files held by this office and not used or updated after 10 years are considered inactive and will be destroyed.

How Alumni Can Help

Maybe you’re satisfied with your career, but want to stay connected and contribute to the growth of other BU graduates and students. We invite you to post internships and job opportunities, get in touch with students and recent grads, participate in networking events, and more.

Post internships and jobs on Handshake to find great employees for your organization and help current BU students or recent alums at the same time. Internships and jobs can be posted throughout the year, at any time, at no charge, on Handshake. Learn more.

If you’re posting short-term or temporary positions that aren’t internships, please log on to the Student Employment Office website, or call them at 617-353-3594.

A student could benefit enormously by hearing first-hand about your experiences. The Career Advisory Network, managed by BU’s Alumni Association, is a database of BU alums who volunteer to speak with current students or other alums about such topics as:

  • How they got started in their professions
  • Their job responsibilities and working conditions
  • The impact of work on their personal lives
  • Trends in their fields
  • Graduate school
  • Relocating

Students are informed that CAN is not to be used to find a job or an internship, nor is it to be used for any kind of solicitation.

To learn more about CAN or register as a volunteer, please email the Alumni Association or call 617-353-5261 (or 800-800-3466 toll-free).

The BU Alumni Association sponsors career nights during the academic year. Typically, students are able to attend panel discussions with BU alums who are working in a variety of fields, and then meet and speak with alums at a reception immediately following. If you would like to be involved in one of these events to benefit students, please email the Alumni Association or call 617-353-5261.

Another way you can help students and young alums is participation in a regional alumni club. Networking is an essential part of career development, and students can benefit from your strong ties to your mutual Alma Mater. Your assistance, advice, and success could be a real inspiration.

Join us for our Terriers @ Work series where alumni and current students provide a sneak peak (during the course of one day) of what it is like to work at an organization, in the industry, and/or in the role of the person participating.

The participant tweets from an account we created for this specific purpose: @TerriersAtWork. He/she would post messages and possibly also photos over the course of that one day. We would re-tweet the posts on our general account (@BU_CCD), as well as archive your organization’s one day of tweets on our website and on Storify.