Discover Your Purpose

Whether you realize it or not, your career journey began long before arriving at Boston College and will continue throughout your life. The Career Center is here to help guide you as you ask questions and make decisions that put you on a path to a fulfilling life and meaningful career.

We have seven career clusters to support the diverse interests of Boston College students. We invite you to begin exploring the specialized services and resources within each of these clusters. Our career exploration cluster will help you discover how your skills, interests, and values fit with potential career options. Once you have narrowed down your interests, our six industry-focused clusters will help you prepare for a job/internship/graduate school search in your career field of interest. 

 

Join a Career Cluster


A career cluster is a grouping of industries based on common features. Each cluster will provide you with a community of like-minded peers as well as specialized coaching, services, and resources to support you on your journey. Familiarize yourself with each career cluster and pay attention to industries that are interesting to you. There may be more than one, and that is ok!

 

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Career Exploration

Career exploration is the first step on your journey. It is an exciting process that is fueled by curiosity, reflection, and imagination. Resources within this cluster will help you learn more about yourself in order to make informed decisions as you move forward in your career. We invite you to join the career exploration cluster if you are getting started, rethinking your future path, or exploring multiple clusters. All class years are welcome to join as exploration is an ongoing process in our career journeys. 

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Business, Finance, and Consulting
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in consulting, accounting, consumer products, finance, entrepreneurship, banking, real estate, sports business, insurance, retail, data analytics, or marketing and sales. Within this cluster you will find specialized career coaches as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, leadership, communication, professionalism, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Careers in business, consulting, and finance offer a wide range of opportunities to use analysis, critical thinking, and leadership to increase efficiencies, maximize profitability, and solve challenges facing organizations in a global economy—whether it be at a real estate firm, your favorite retail company, for a local sports team, or beyond.</p>
Accounting Consulting Consumer Products & Retail Data Analytics Startup & Entrepreneurship Finance & Banking Insurance Real Estate Sports Business
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Communication, Arts, and Media
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in fine arts, performing arts, entertainment, museum/cultural institutions, advertising, public relations, journalism, writing/editing, sports media, and design. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including written and verbal communication,&nbsp; critical thinking, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p>
<p>Careers in communications, arts, and media offer opportunities to use written and verbal communication, creative expression, and diverse mediums to convey meaning and information to audiences—whether it be working at a museum, advertising agency, broadcast network, or beyond.</p>
Advertising Public Relations Journalism Publishing Broadcasting Entertainment Sports Communications Film Visual and Performing Arts
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Education, Nonprofit, and Social Service
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in K–12 public/charter/independent education, higher education, education assessment/technology/administration, counseling, social work, nonprofit administration, and volunteer service. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including leadership, global/intercultural fluency, critical thinking, communication and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Careers in education, nonprofit, and social service offer opportunities to use advocacy, service, and leadership to enhance the human condition, help others realize their potential, and make the world more just—whether it be working at an elementary school, a large foundation, a social service agency, or beyond.</p>
K–12 Education Higher Education Counseling Social Work Nonprofit Organizations Ministry Post-Graduate Volunteer Service
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Government, Law, and Public Policy
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in local, state, or federal government, law, public policy, advocacy, defense, law enforcement, or international affairs. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, leadership, communication, teamwork, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p>
<p>Careers in government, law, and public policy offer a wide range of opportunities to lead, serve the public interest, and ensure fundamental rights and social justice—whether it be at a law firm, an NGO, your local government, a federal agency, or beyond.&nbsp;</p>
Law Local/State/Federal Government Public Policy International Affairs Defense Law Enforcement
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Healthcare and Nursing
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in healthcare/clinical professions, nursing, public health, allied health/nutrition/fitness or healthcare administration. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, leadership, communication, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Careers in healthcare and nursing offer opportunities to use science, research, compassion, and critical thinking to provide care, improve the health of others, and solve global health challenges—whether it be working as a clinician or nurse, a hospital administrator, a community health program coordinator, or beyond.</p>
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Clinical Professions Nursing Public Health Nutrition Fitness Allied Health Healthcare Administration
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Science, Technology, and Engineering
<p>Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, software development, environmental science, information technology, data science, academia, research, or more. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, teamwork, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.</p>
<p>Careers in science, technology, and engineering offer opportunities to use scientific inquiry, research, data analysis, critical thinking, and programming to solve complex real world problems and drive innovation—whether it be working as a software engineer, data scientist, biochemist, or beyond.&nbsp;</p>
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Biotechnology Pharmaceuticals Sustainability Engineering Software Development Information Technology Data Science Research
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Are you interested in more than two clusters?

That's ok! We recommend joining the career exploration cluster to narrow down your interests. Our specialized resources will assist you in connecting your skills, interests, and values to potential career clusters. To get started, review our online resources and make an appointment to meet with a career exploration coach.

Career Exploration

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