He Said, She Said
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
Some of my friends are already planning for their summers, and figuring out what they are going to be doing after graduation. I’m only a junior, and I always thought that I didn’t have to worry about these things until senior year. I don’t even know if I want to go to grad school or start working right away. Are there certain things I should be doing now in preparation for post-grad life, or is it safe to just wait it out?
Well, someone has been slacking! Unless you want to live with your parents for the next five years, I advise that you begin planning as soon as possible.
I am fortunate that the Carroll School of Management has compelled its students to prepare for the future since we set foot on campus freshman year. I advise that you take advantage of your academic advisor—mine has guided me throughout my time at Boston College and tends to provide excellent career advice. Although your course of action is highly dependent on your field of study, you should definitely conduct some research and seek guidance.
Planning for summer internships is almost as stressful as applying for full-time positions. Think about what interests you have and what kind of job would afford you with worthwhile skills. BC’s EagleLink has been a great tool for me these last two years. Even if you are not qualified to apply for some of the internships and positions listed, it will give you an idea of what field you should look into and what kind of internship you are interested in. But perhaps most importantly, you must consult your internal list of connections. Email or call up past employers, friends of your parents, or your cousin’s uncle who is CEO of that large company.
As a final note, I’d like to call to mind the adage “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Many seniors begin their last year at BC with job offers. You do not want to spend your final year of college stressing out over your career path. Think about your future now and make smart choices.
As a junior, you should have a better idea of what you want to do post-graduation, unless you don’t mind being stressed out of your mind senior year. Sure, you might not need to know specifically what graduate programs or companies you want to apply for, but you need to have a good sense of yourself and your interests. Brainstorm and research different jobs you’d love to have one day and ask yourself why those jobs are appealing to you.
Visit the Career Center and meet with a counselor to discuss career options or use their resources located in the basement to investigate different opportunities available post-graduation. They have tons of helpful books and guides that talk about the requirements and backgrounds needed for certain jobs. EagleLink also provides online testing to help identify some of your strengths and interests that can help you figure out your career path. MyPlan.com is a really cool website that actually links majors to career options for you—just search for your major and look through the jobs and careers that you are interested in.
Finally, I’d encourage you to take Rev. Michael Himes’ three key questions about vocational discernment to heart when thinking about your future career path: 1. Is this a source of joy? 2. Is this something that taps into your talents and gifts—engages all of your abilities and uses them in the fullest way possible? and 3. Is this role a genuine service to the people around you, to the society at large?