Life Skills for Seniors

Senior-oriented Life Skills offerings are designed to support students in the transition to post-college professional and personal life. Here you will find courses, workshops, and activities related to developing professional skills and networks, managing your personal finances, understanding civic responsibility, considering the place of work in life, and sustaining life-long learning.

Note: Some of these opportunities are primarily intended for or only available to students enrolled in a particular school or college.

Smart Money 101 (BU Financial Assistance)
Smart Money 101 helps students learn the basics about financial wellness through online resources, individual consultations, and on-campus workshops covering topics such as budgeting, credit, and loan repayment.

CAS SY 101: Intro to Adulting (CAS)
Half-semester class designed to prepare students for the real world of financial planning, job benefits, healthcare, apartment hunting, and maintaining relationships post-college.

CAS SY 101: Senior Year Career Development (CAS)
Half-semester class designed to guide students towards finding a career they love post-graduation.

Career Fairs (Center for Career Development)
A career fair is an excellent way to research companies, meet recruiters, find an internship or job, and explore additional professional opportunities.

Networking Events (Center for Career Development)
Employers and alumni often visit campus to speak with groups of students. Whether you’re just starting to think about your career path or are deep into an internship or job search, these sessions are a great way to learn about organizations and opportunities.

Workshops and Advising at the Center for Career Development (Center for Career Development)
The Center for Career Development offers workshops on a wide range of topics such as job searching, networking, and salary negotiation as well as individual advising scheduled on Handshake for one-on-one support in career exploration, internship searches, mock interviews, and other career-related topics. Log in and check the schedule on Handshake (

CFA School of Theatre Annual Showcase Event (CFA-School of Theatre)
The School of Theatre holds an annual showcase event for industry professionals that serves both performance students and design & production students and provides an introduction to the professional world in NYC and Boston. The showcase events also include alumni panels and an alumni reception to allow students to network with BU alumni and make personal connections.

Visual Arts BFA Thesis Exhibitions (CFA-School of Visual Arts)
As they prepare to graduate, School of Visual Arts seniors present the culmination of their extraordinary work as painters, sculptors, printmakers, and graphic designers during the BFA Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition occurs every year in May and is open to the entire BU community.

COM Career Fair (COM)
Bi-annual job fair with COM related companies reserved for COM students and open to all BU students during the last hour.

COM Career Services Programs & Events (COM)
Information sessions, panels, and networking events for COM students only.

BU College of Engineering Career Development Office Career Events & Workshops (ENG)
A collection of offerings by the ENG Career Development Office designed to improve the experience and effectiveness of the career search process.

BU College of Engineering Career Fair (ENG)
Offered once per semester, the BU College of Engineering Career Fair is an opportunity for College of Engineering undergraduates, graduates, and alumni to meet with employers about potential engineering-specific job opportunities, internships, and co-op opportunities.

Pardee Works Career Symposium (Pardee)
Yearly Career Symposium featuring Pardee School alumni and employers who guide students on how to obtain a career in Global Affairs.

Career Fair (Questrom)
Questrom School of Business hosts an annual career fair in late September for Questrom students.  Interested students can find information and register on Handshake.

Individual Career Advising (Questrom)
Questrom students can schedule an appointment on Handshake for one-on-one support in career exploration, internship searches, mock interviews, and other career services.

Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center/Feld Center for Industry Alliances Career Events & Workshops (Questrom)
Through the Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center and the Feld Center for Industry Alliances, Questrom offers extensive career workshops, panels, programs, and other resources to assist students in researching and discovering various jobs, companies, industries, and networking opportunities.

SHA Office of Career Services Group Workshops (SHA)
The School of Hospitality Office of Career Services offers students individual career counseling as well as resume/cover letter writing, networking, and business etiquette workshops.

See Career Development Offerings

Related Resources
Career Advisory Network (BU Alumni Association)
Comprised of nearly 8,000 volunteer alumni representing a wide variety of industries and locales, CAN Advisors serve in roles ranging from Tanglewood musicians and Los Angeles film producers to European engineers and East Asian archaeologists.

BU Alumni Professional Development Webinar Series (BU Alumni Relations)
Showcases BU alumni and friends offering one-hour presentations on a wide variety of career development topics. Students are welcome to register to participate live but can also access later for on-demand viewing.

Proud to BU Podcast (BU Alumni Relations)
Proud to BU features graduates who have a unique story to tell about the unfolding of their career and the lessons they have learned along the way. While there is no singular path to success, we know that many begin right here at BU.

CashCourse: Your Real Life Money Guide (BU Financial Assistance)
CashCourse is a web-based platform that assists students with understanding financial wellness through online lessons and videos, with quizzes, calculators, and worksheets to provide students with guidance for prioritizing decisions about personal finance.

Center for Career Development Website Resources (Center for Career Development)
Whether you’re just beginning to explore majors, you’re deep in your job search, or you’re about to hit the interview room, examine some of the best resources out there to help you on your way.

Graduate School Options (Center for Career Development)
It’s important that you explore your motivations and decision making. Study the pros and cons for pursuing an advanced degree and how graduate school might enhance your career goals.

Handshake (Center for Career Development)
A comprehensive online platform offering students access to all BU career development services, resources, events, and connections to thousands of employers.

COM Careers 101 (COM)
Online course resource for resumes, cover letters, and job resources for COM students only.

Feld Center for Industry Alliances Resources (Questrom)
Online resource that provides industry insights, company lists, and more.

Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center (Questrom)
Online resource for career exploration, job and internship searches, resume and cover letter samples, and more.