The Center for Career Development and the Office of Distance Education are working together to support online degree students/alumni and to provide access to career resources. With the exception of individual appointments and employer on-campus interviews, these students are eligible to use all CCD resources, events, and services.
Handshake enables you to connect with employers, find jobs, access career resources, and learn about career events.
Online Degree Students: Your account has been created for you. Use your BU credentials to log in.
Online Degree Alumni: If you don’t already have a Handshake account, you’ll need to request one. Look for email from the CCD and from Handshake to activate and configure your account.
Need help getting started or have questions? Explore Handshake’s help center.
Caution: Fraudulent Postings
The CCD carefully screens every employer and internship/job posting in Handshake to ensure legitimacy. Occasionally employment scams occur. Students should be vigilant and are urged to help identify scams. If you receive a suspicious email from an employer (even if they say it is from your University Career Services office), please do not respond to the email and contact our office immediately at email@example.com.
Here are some good indicators that the job is more than likely a scam:
- You are asked to give your credit card or bank account numbers or copies of personal documents, but you get nothing in writing.
- You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier.
- You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for the use of your bank account, often for depositing checks or transferring money.
- You receive an unexpectedly large check. This is the biggest and most costly scam. If you receive a check in the postal mail from an employer, DO NOT cash it or pursue the offer. Please turn everything into the BU Police Department. The check may look real but it is not. You will be responsible for the entire amount of the check, plus any fees incurred by the bank when they process it and discover that the check is fraudulent.
Attend Career Fairs, Events, Programs
Online degree students/alumni are welcome to attend most events through the Center for Career Development. Many events are offered as either a virtual or hybrid option. Some events are offered only as an on-campus/in-person option.
Access Career Resources
Resources from the CCD
Online degree students/alumni are welcome to use all available premium resources, including VMock (resume feedback), Big Interview (interview practice), Career Shift (job search tracking), and much more. View the full list.
Plus, the CCD website and blog are full of helpful information and advice for every stage from getting started to job searching to changing careers.
Smarthinking from the Office of Distance Education
Additional resources on resumes, cover letters, career writing (personal statements, employment profiles, LinkedIn branding), and live interview practice are available from Smarthinking.
Current Students: Access the services from any online course in Blackboard. Please speak to your Office of Distance Education Support Administrator if you have any questions.
Alumni (of BU’s online programs): Log in to Smarthinking’s services for BU alumni. Smarthinking support will email your username and password. Contact the Office of Distance Education at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems accessing the resource.
Connect with BU Alumni
Thousands of alumni have raised their hands to help fellow Terriers on BU Connects, a platform exclusively for Boston University alumni, students, faculty, and staff that brings Terriers together for personal and professional networking on a global scale.