Overview

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.

Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in accounting, consulting, consumer products/retail, startup/entrepreneurship, finance/banking, insurance, marketing/sales, real estate, sports business, and human resources. 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.

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.

 

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Specialized career coaches are available throughout the year to meet with you individually about any aspect of your career journey—from exploring career opportunities, to researching graduate programs, to launching a job/internship search.

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The Carroll School of Management also offers specialized coaching support to current CSOM students.

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Jabril Robinson

Jabril Robinson

Jabril is the head coach for the business, consulting, and finance career cluster and he also leads the diversity, equity, and inclusion initatives within the Career Center. 

Where Boston College Graduates Have Landed

20%

of the Class of 2018 who are employed are working in financial services/banking

9%

of the Class of 2018 who are employed are working in consulting 

4%

of the Class of 2018 who are employed are working in consumer products/retail

13%

of the Class of 2018 who are in graduate school are pursuing a degree in business

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Accounting

Accounting is the systematic and comprehensive recording of financial transactions pertaining to a business. Accounting also refers to the process of summarizing, analyzing, and reporting these transactions to oversight agencies, regulators and tax collection entities. Accountants prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.

Types of Positions

  • Public Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Government Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • External Auditor

Where BC Graduates Work

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers 
  • Ernst and Young
  • KPMG 
  • Deloitte and Touche

76%

received job offers before senior year

19%

received job offers during fall semester of senior year

5%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

The number of students earning a master’s degree in accounting has increased over the past few years. This growth is largely attributed to the implementation of the “150-Hour Rule” by many states, which requires accountants to earn 150 semester hours of education in order to be eligible for CPA certification. Many accountants earn graduate degrees as a means to fulfill this requirement.

Graduate School

Consulting

Consulting is the practice of helping companies increase their efficiency and profits by addressing the major operational or strategic challenges they’re facing. There are four main types of consulting: management strategy / consulting, financial consulting, information technology (IT) consulting, and Human Resources staffing / consulting.

Types of Positions

  • Energy Consultant
  • Environmental Consultant / Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • IT / Digital Consultant
  • Marketing Consultant / Research Analyst

 

Where BC Graduates Work

 

  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Accenture
  • LEK Consulting
  • FTI Consulting

 

25%

received job offers before senior year

40%

received job offers during fall semester of senior year

25%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

9%

received job offers after senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for most consulting careers, but many consultants have a master’s degree in business administration. Others have advanced degrees in their specialty, such as engineering, human resources, or accounting.

Graduate School

Consumer Products/Retail

The general consumer products industry produces goods that the public wants or needs. It produces two types of goods: durable and nondurable. Durable goods have a long life span and hold up over time; examples of durable goods are cars, electronics, tools, and washing machines. Nondurable goods, which do not last as long, include such products as food, cosmetics, and clothing. General consumer products are sold in retail stores, door-to-door, by mail order, and online.

  • Today, retail is a complex and diverse field. It involves the selling of all types of physical goods, such as automobile parts, pharmaceuticals, clothing, health care products, books, and food, as well as services, such as automobile repair or rug cleaning. The retail field consists of supermarkets, department stores, chain stores, specialty stores, variety stores, franchise stores, mail-order houses, online merchants, and door-to-door sellers.

Types of Positions

  • Automotive Dealership Owner and Sales Manager
  • Client Services / Relations Manager
  • Export / Import Specialist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Jeweler and Jewelry Repairer
  • Product Manager

 

Where BC Graduates Work

  • Converse
  • Amazon
  • General Electric
  • Wayfair

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Many people who want management positions in the export-import field are now deciding to get a master's in business administration (MBA), with an emphasis in international trade.

Graduate School

Data Analytics

Data analytics is the process of examining data sets in order to draw conclusions about the information they contain, increasingly with the aid of specialized systems and software. Data analytics technologies and techniques expand across a multitude of industries (consumer products, healthcare, manufacturing), and enable organizations to make more-informed business decisions.

  • A data analyst is similar to a data scientist, but are often not responsible for creating the algorithms used for data discovery and acquisition. Rather than creating their own data projects, data analysts often find themselves tackling specific business tasks using existing tools, systems, and data sets. Both careers share a common goal: to discover how to use information to answer questions and solve problems for the benefit of their business/industry.

 

Types of Positions

  • Data Analyst/ Scientist
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Product Analyst  

 

Where BC Graduates Work

Data not yet available. 

Do I need to go to graduate school?

To work as a data scientist, you’ll typically need a minimum of a master’s degree in data analytics, data science, computer science, mathematics, or statistics, although some people have degrees in engineering, economics, econometrics, business, operations research, neuroscience, or computational psychology. Some employers require applicants to have a doctorate in one of the aforementioned fields.

Graduate School

Startup/Entrepreneurship

In sum, entrepreneurship is the process of starting and developing a company, with the aim of delivering something new or improved to the market, or by organizing the means of production in a superior way.  This process is principally organized through the formation of a startup company, is managed by entrepreneurs, often under considerable personal and financial risk, and is temporary in duration, as a phase in a business’s lifecycle.  

  • A key distinction between start-ups and other small or young businesses is an aspiration (realized or not) to substantially grow.  As companies mature out of the start-up phase, they evolve into sustainable businesses, are acquired or sold to public investors, or decay and may eventually shut down, as new companies start-up and take their place.

Types of Positions

  • Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Salesperson
  • Business Developer
  • Marketer
  • Account Manager / Customer Service 
  • Office Manager

Where BC Graduates Work

  • Vettery (2 students)
  • A Stepfull of You (1 student)
  • Atlantic Visuals (1 student)
  • Canvas Worldwide (1 student)

*BC alumni also have founded and are employed at the following startups: Drizly, Jebbit, Thredup

13%

received job offers during fall semester of senior year

47%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

33%

received job offers the summer after senior year

7%

received job offers the fall after senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Every entrepreneur, from owners of roadside cafes to global startups, needs to be versed in management, finances, taxes, and other business-related topics. You don’t necessarily need a master’s degree in economics, but an educational foundation in business will certainly help. An entrepreneurship education could mean an actual entrepreneurship degree or a more general business education that will prepare you to meet the day-to-day challenges of an entrepreneur career.

Graduate School

Finance/Banking

Finance is a broad term that describes two related activities: the study of how money is managed and the actual process of acquiring needed funds. It encompasses the oversight, creation and study of money, banking, credit, investments, assets and liabilities that make up financial systems.

Types of Positions

  • Financial /  Investment / Security Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Services Broker
  • Loan Underwriter
  • Investment Banker
  • Mortgage Banker / Loan Officer
  • Research Analyst

Where BC Graduates Work

Financial Services

  • Fidelity Investments
  • Citi
  • John Hancock
  • BlackRock

Banking

  • Citi
  • JPMorgan Chase and Co.
  • Morgan Stanley 
  • Goldman Sachs 

 

26%

received job offers before senior year

27%

received job offers during fall semester of senior year

37%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

10%

recieved job offers after senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A master’s degree in finance or business administration can improve an analyst’s chances of advancing to a higher/managerial position.

Graduate School

Insurance

The insurance industry comprises companies and people who develop insurance policies, sell, administer, and regulate them. Some insurance companies offer investment products and employ people who develop, sell, administer, or service these products. Insurance is about managing risk, for both the insurance company and its customers. The insurance industry is divided into three main branches: life insurance, health insurance, and property and casualty insurance.

Types of Positions

  • Actuary
  • Sales Agent
  • Broker/Consultant
  • Risk Manager
  • Underwriter

Where BC Graduates Work

 

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • AIG
  • Aetna
  • Arch Insurance Group

 

38%

before senior year

25%

during fall semester of senior year

25%

during spring semester of senior year

13%

received job offers the summer after senior year

 

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Generally speaking, the entry-level roles in this industry do not require a postgraduate degree. There are few that may seek those with a masters in finance, real estate or an MBA. Certification or licensure, however, is required for many of the roles and must be maintained through completing periodic continuing education classes/exams.
Product Development Director

Graduate School

Marketing/Sales

Marketing refers to activities undertaken by a company to promote the buying or selling of a product or service, to consumers or other businesses. A sale is a transaction between two or more parties in which the buyer receives goods--either tangible or intangible--services, and / or assets in exchange for money or other assets paid to a seller. 

Types of Positions

  • Advertising and Marketing Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Product Manager
  • Sales Engineer
  • Sales Manager
  • Travel Agent / Consultant
  • Research Analyst

Where BC Graduates Work

  • Digitas 
  • Epsilon
  • CJ Affiliate by Conversant
  • Kantar Millward Brown

4%

before senior year

29%

during fall semester of senior year

36%

during spring semester of senior year

32%

summer or fall after senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

You will need at least a bachelor's degree in marketing research, marketing, business administration, statistics, computer science, history, or economics to enter this career, but employers seeking to hire director levels prefer applicants with graduate degrees.

A master's of business administration, for example, is frequently required on projects calling for complex statistical and business analysis. Other recommended advanced degrees include those in marketing, statistics, communications, and related fields. Graduate work at the doctorate level is not necessary for most positions, but it is highly desirable for those who plan to become involved in advanced research studies.

Graduate School

Real Estate

The real estate industry encompasses the many facets of property, including development, appraisal, marketing, selling, leasing, and management of commercial, industrial, residential, and agricultural properties. This industry can fluctuate depending on the national and local economies, although it remains somewhat consistent due to the fact that people always need homes and businesses always need office space.

Types of Positions

  • Assessor and Appraiser 
  • Property and Real Estate Manager 
  • Real Estate Agent and Broker 
  • Real Estate Developer 
  • Real Estate Lawyer

Where BC Graduates Work

  • Cushman and Wakefield
  • JLL
  • Arbor Realty Trust 
  • Berkadia Commercial Mortgage

18%

 received job offers before senior year

55%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

18%

received job offers the summer after senior year

9%

 received job offers the fall after senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

For most positions in real estate, individuals will need a Bachelor’s degree, along with appropriate training / certification, as an advanced degree (e.g. master’s) is unnecessary for entry-level access.

Sports Business

Sports business (management) is the study and practice of all people, activities, businesses, or organizations involved in producing, facilitating, promoting, or organizing andy sports-related business or product. The sports business industry consists of numerous other segments, some of which are sports tourism, semi-professional sports, recreation, high school and college sports, outdoor sports, and sports-service businesses such as sports marketing firms, sports sponsorship management companies, and sport governing bodies. Essentially, in the sports business industry, there are numerous jobs that combine two interests into one job (e.g. photography, computer programming). 

Types of Positions

  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Broadcaster / Announcer
  • Sports Executive
  • Sports Facility Manager
  • Sports Photographer
  • Sports Physician
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Publicist
  • Sports Scout
  • Sports Trainer
  • Sports Writer

Where BC Graduates Work

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Athletes First
  • Bleacher First
  • New England Patriots

80%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

20%

received job offers the summer after senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Plan to earn a master’s degree in sport management, preferably from an accredited sports-focused school in sport management, business, or college student personnel for more opportunities and advancement. Work as a graduate assistant (GA) in the athletic department. 

Earn a law degree and develop skills in investment management and negotiation to represent players as an agent. 

Graduate School

Law School

Human Resources

Human resources is the department or division of a business, corporation, or organization that manages all aspects related to its personnel, including recruiting employees, training and career development, overseeing compensation packages, managing benefits plans, and other duties that serve to maximize a company's business and its employees' satisfaction with their jobs. Simply, the function of the human resources industry is to produce competent personnel and to keep employees productive. More than 800,000 people work in human resources and related fields today. (Source: Vault)

Types of Positions

  • Human resources generalists
  • Employment and placement managers
  • Employment, placement, and recruitment specialists
  • Employer relations representatives
  • Job analysts
  • Compensation managers
  • Benefits managers
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