Out of all the offices discussed in our posts, the Center for Career Development at Boston University is probably going to be the most important office for your future. The CCD has established itself as one of the best career services offices at a university, nationwide. I was able to sit down and have a nice discussion with Eleanor Cartelli, the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at the CCD.
I have used the CCD’s website various times and signed up for many of their Career expos, but after my discussion with Eleanor, I had learned so much more about the CCD. For example, I did not know that by merely uploading your resume, and making it visible on the BU Career Link, the CCD’s online system, employers might contact you just because you meet certain qualifications or your resume contains key words they are looking for – now that is cool!
But it doesn’t stop there; BU Career Link also has also been updated and now includes three important online tools:
1. Interview Stream – A powerful resource that serves to help students run a practice interview online. The website allows you to select the questions you want to practice and then proceeds to ask you to connect your webcam, records the interview, and saves it for you. You will be able to get feedback from colleagues or someone at the CCD. How cool!
2. Going Global – A great site that provides information on organizations that operate in other countries, as well as an H1B database. So, if you are planning on studying abroad, this would be perfect to look at what the country is like and whether or not you are looking for employment abroad.
3. USA Career Guides – Similar to Going Global, this site gives students the opportunity to learn more about opportunities across the country and whether or not they fit into their career path.
These three potent resources can better enhance your future while enrolled at BU and after. The CCD also offers face-to-face resume reviews that run about 15 min. In order to sign up, you’ll have to come into the office and sign up (they usually fill up fast).
In addition, they have established a new service that allows students to come in and ask “quick questions.” Eleanor mentioned that the CCD is “really trying to reach out to freshmen in particular.” Freshmen should note that BU Career Link requires a different account/password to log into their services. Everyone automatically gets a basic account set up and that information will be emailed to you from the CCD, so be on the look out! In that email, you’ll receive a temporary password, and then it’s up to you to activate your account by completing your profile.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to log in and complete your profile. The CCD creates an account but you are in charge here! As in anything in life, one must take advantage of all the resources available. The CCD is here to help us plan our present and our future career paths. So don’t wait till sophomore year or later to use this wonderful office.
To learn more about the CCD:
BU CareerLink: https://careers-bu-csm.symplicity.com/