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. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to launch your job, internship, or graduate school search.
 

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This cluster may be for you if:

You want to serve and help others

You desire to have an impact on issues of social justice or inequity

You are passionate about a cause

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K-12 Education (With Certification)

A wide variety of teaching options are open to those with state teacher certification, including the public school districts, independent and Catholic schools, public charter schools, and English language international schools.

Types of Positions

  • Lead Classroom Teacher
  • Teaching Fellow (under a lead teacher)
  • Classroom Aide
  • Paraprofessional

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Boston Public Schools
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Newton Public Schools
  • Teach For America
  • Cambridge Public Schools
  • Lexington Public Schools

Hiring Timelines

  • 9% received job offers before senior year
  • 22% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 54% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 15% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A majority of seniors who graduate from the Lynch teacher education program go directly to graduate school for their master’s degree. At the elementary school level, this is often recommended to be a more competitive job candidate and gain additional experience working with students with special needs or English language learners. 

In Massachusetts, teachers must obtain their master’s degree within five years of obtaining their initial license. The master’s degree typically adds $5,000-$6,000 to a teacher’s starting salary.

Graduate School

K-12 Education (Without Certification)

At the secondary level, independent, Catholic, and public charter schools will hire teachers who have not participated in a formal teacher training program or passed state certification exams. At the elementary level, however, most schools prefer state certification and an elementary education major.

Students without certification can also work in non-teaching roles such as admissions, development, and operations. There are also opportunities to teach English as a second language abroad.

Types of Positions

  • Lead Classroom Teacher
  • Teaching Fellow (under a lead teacher)
  • Classroom Aide
  • Paraprofessional
  • Admissions Officer
  • Development Assistant
  • Alumni Relations Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Match Charter Public Schools
  • St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
  • College Advising Corps
  • Diocese of Gary
  • Breakthrough Greater Boston
  • Teaching Assistant Program in France
  • Worcester Academy
  • Lighthouse School

Hiring Timelines

  • 9% received job offers before senior year
  • 22% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 54% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 15% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Students who did not major in education at Boston College have a wide variety of choices to gain certification. The most common are the M.Ed. or M.A. in Elementary Education or Secondary Education. The M.A. in Teaching will require more coursework in discipline-specific subject matter.

There are alternatives to the standard graduate degree. Programs like Urban Teachers and Mississippi Teacher Corps offer the opportunity to work at a school as a teacher apprentice while earning a graduate degree, usually at a reduced cost.

Graduate School

Counseling/Psychology/Social Work

Professionals in these fields work in partnership with individuals, families and groups to treat a wide assortment of mental, behavioral and emotional problems and disorders. Opportunities are available in schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, elder care systems, private practice and other settings

Types of Positions

Entry-Level Opportunities:

  • Case Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Program Manager
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Riverside Community Care
  • Eliot Community Human Services
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • Bay Cove Human Services
  • College Advising Corps

Hiring Timelines

  • 6% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 56% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 39% received job offers the summer after senior year
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

An advanced degree is necessary for the fields of psychology, counseling, and social work. Many students seeking professional careers in this field take a year or two to gain practical work experience prior to applying to graduate school. This experience can give you the opportunity to figure out the types of clients, issues and settings best suited to your talents and values.  For students hoping to attend a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology, a year or more of research experience in a professional setting is usually recommended.

Graduate School

Higher Education

Higher education administrators are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of a college/university and providing students with the best educational experience possible. Opportunities are available in academic affairs, student affairs, alumni affairs, advancement, finance, marketing, and more. 

Types of Positions

  • Residence Assistant
  • Career Advisor
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Academic Advisor
  • Student Activites Coordinator
  • Development Assistant
  • Alumni Engagement Officer

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Boston College
  • Harvard University
  • Northeastern University
  • MIT
  • Georgetown University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago

Hiring Timelines

  • 3% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 36% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 60% received job offers the summer after senior year
     

Outcomes

Online Resources

Campus Resources

As a student at Boston College, you have the ideal opportunity to learn about potential careers in higher education. Most BC employees are happy to speak with you about their work and their career field within higher education. Most departments and offices at BC also employ student workers, sometimes in very responsible roles, through which you can gain experience within a specialized area of higher education.

Faculty/Research Positions

If you are interested in working in a faculty or research position at a college/university, you will need to pursue further graduate study in your field of choice. Visit our page for current graduate students for additional information on how to pursue a faculty or research position. 

Graduate Students

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Most professional jobs in higher education require a master’s degree though opportunities are available at the bachelor’s level in admissions, alumni services, development, finance, and other areas. Popular options are master's degrees in student personnel administration, counseling, or higher education administration. 

Graduate School

Ministry/Theology

Careers in ministry or theology center around the mission of a community, such as a church, school, or nonprofit. With the right experience and a bachelor’s degree, some roles in parish ministry, youth faith formation and K-12 teaching are available. Adding a master’s degree can open up roles in health care and hospitals, mental health and family counseling, educational administration, campus ministry, retreat direction and spiritual direction, and lay church leadership roles.

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A master's degree in ministry covers advanced topics in theology, communication, and spiritual development, and the graduate curriculum equips students with the wisdom and skills needed to effectively serve others through positions of spiritual leadership.

Graduate School

Nonprofit

Nonprofits are mission-driven organizations dedicated to furthering a cause. Nonprofits exist in almost every industry, including healthcare, education, sustainability, public policy, and more. Careers in nonprofits offer you the opportunity to have a positive impact on society, communities, and individuals. There are a wide variety of job opportunities that exist in nonprofit organizations, ranging from operations, to programming, to advocacy, to outreach and fundraising. Central to getting work in a nonprofit organization is demonstrating a commitment to and passion for their mission-driven work. 

Types of Positions

  • Program Coordinator
  • Community Relations Manager
  • Development Officer
  • Case Manager
  • Grant Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Special Events Coordinator
     

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Middle East Institute
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • Victory Programs
  • WorldBoston
  • Grassroots Campaigns
  • Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Do I need to go to graduate school?

An advanced degree is not necessary for most entry-level opportunities. Graduating students should generally get several years of experience in the nonprofit world before choosing an advanced degree. Most managers and directors of nonprofit organizations have graduate degrees relevant to the field appropriate to their organization.

Graduate School

Post-Graduate Volunteer Service

Post-graduate service allows you to commit a year or more of your life to living and working alongside underserved people and communities, either in the U.S. or abroad, as part of an organization committed to social justice. Potential volunteers can choose from faith-based or secular organizations that are both international or domestic. Many programs ask volunteers to live in a supportive and reflective community with one another, while other programs ask volunteers to live on their own. Volunteers are typically given a modest stipend as well as resources for housing, food, etc. 

Types of Positions

Full-time service offers graduating students the opportunity to work alongside people of all age groups, families, and communities through education, social service, healthcare, leadership and advocacy roles, and more.

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps 
  • City Year
  • Peace Corps
  • Americorps/VISTA
  • Cristo Rey High Schools

3%

Average percentage of each graduating class that enters post-graduate service

Volunteer and Service Learning Center

The Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) at Boston College supports and works with students who seek opportunities to serve others. They offer one-on-one advising to students who are interested in post-graduate service. They also host a fair every year for students to explore these opportunities. Visit their website for resources. 

Volunteer and Service Learning Center

Do I need to go to graduate school?

An advanced degree is not necessary to enter post-graduate volunteer service. Many programs will offer stipends to pursue graduate school after the service term is completed. 

Graduate School

Social Impact/Corporate Social Responsibility

Shifting environmental and economic realities and new business models have opened up new career opportunities among those looking to pursue work that directly reflects their personal values.

There is no one specific path to a role in corporate responsibility and sustainability. Some work at brand name companies like Walmart and Walt Disney that we don’t necessarily associate with corporate citizenship. Others may work for smaller B-Corporations, “businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.”

According to Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, “this is, indeed, a field of passionate individuals who believe that business has a critical role to play in the creation of a more sustainable economy and culture. But when we look closer at the people who practice corporate citizenship every day, a different picture often emerges. We see people who hold job titles not immediately considered part of the world of corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability. We notice individuals embedded across any given organization, in roles that might surprise us: finance, product management, supply chain management, operations, and others. From their position within such traditional departments, however, these professionals are helping to define — and redefine — how their company does business.”

 

Types of Positions

  • Corporate Communications Assistant
  • Community Relations Assistant
  • Community Involvement Assistant
  • Coordinator, Sustainable Operations
  • Director of Sustainable Sourcing

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry-level positions, however people in the industry do obtain graduate degrees as they advance in the field. 

Graduate School

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