Developing Career Competencies: COVID-19 Edition

Develop these critical career competencies that employers look for in candidates!

Leadership/Taking Initiative

 Professionalism/Work Ethic

  • Have a dedicated space in your home as your workspace
  • Create or update your LinkedIn account and publish substantial thought pieces
  • Search for an internship or full-time job – schedule a Zoom appointment on hireBING for help from a career consultant
  • Join BU’s Mentor Match program and connect with our alumni in areas of your interest
  • Polish your application materials! Start with your resume and upload it to VMOCK
  • Review the Fleishman Center’s Career Guide
  • Strengthen your professional communication skills through zoom and other online platforms

 Critical thinking/problem solving

 Communication Skills

  • Watch Celeste Headlee’s TEDx Talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation and Julian Treasure’s How to Speak So That People Want to Listen
  • Schedule a Zoom appointment with the Speaking Center to work on a particular speech or ask for advice for general public speaking tips/anxiety
  • Practice your delivery to common interview questions on Big Interview or schedule a virtual mock interview on hireBING
  • Schedule an appointment with the Writing Center for help with your writing pieces
  • Maximize your class online participation. If discussions aren’t common in class, do not be afraid to ask questions. Odds are someone else has the same question!
  • Regularly call/video chat your close friends


Global Perspective/Intercultural Fluency

 Technological Application

  • Participate in a basic Python programming bootcamp/online course
  • Access HackBU’s archived workshops regarding Python, Machine Learning, and more through their GitHub
  • Sign up for a free one-month trial on Lynda and take brief courses in Python, SQL, C, C#, C++, Java, VBA, and more
  • Take free courses in SQL HTML, Python, JavaScript, and more on Code Academy
  • Visit Khan Academy and take a free course in SQL or HTML
  • Download Microsoft Office 360 for free using your BU email address – this package includes Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access!

 Career Management

  • Create 2 long-term term goals related to your post-graduation plans
  • If you’re unsure about the right career path for you, start out by taking the Focus 2 Career Assessments
  • Schedule a Zoom appointment with a career consultant from the Fleishman Center on hireBING to discuss your career path
  • Reach out to three LinkedIn connections, alum, family friends, or family friends’ friends for an informational interview in your (potential) field of interest
  • Review the “Passport to Career Success” and see what your next steps should be to prepare for life after graduation
  • Research potential graduate school programs in your field(s) of interest
  • These are examples of some industries that are continuing to hire – Forbes, Darling Magazine, Vox; view a live list of companies with their hiring status
  • If you are looking for a job after graduation, try going on the careers pages of companies in industries that are hiring. If you are keen on finding a position sooner rather than later, you may have to start in an industry that you hadn’t initially planned on working in

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