All posts by Lucy van Beever

Lucy is the Associate Director of Employer Relations. She joined Boston University in December 2011 and the Center for Career Development in November 2014 after working many years in business management and development. At the CCD, she is focused on working with the Employer Relations team and others to expand the campus recruiting program and employment network for BU students. Lucy received her BS from Cornell University and her MS in administrative studies at BU. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys being with her family, taking long walks with her golden retriever, catching up with friends, traveling, and attending BU hockey games.

Why You Have To Show Up

Honor your commitments and you will go far.  Don't and you get nowhere. My palms were sweaty and my stomach churned. A flash of anger came over me. Why was I in this situation? I hadn't done anything wrong. But two BU students had no-showed to an interview and I was the lucky one who had ...

Mock Interviewing

It's happened to all of us - we get asked a question that absolutely stumps us. Or we answer a question and think later, "Gee, that didn't come out the way I meant." When it comes to preventing these moments, practice in advance can be a great help. Mock interviewing is a great way to ...

Tips for Career Changers

At age nine, I assisted in my dog’s surgery and had my first “aha” moment. I loved animals, was great at biology and chemistry, and therefore decided to become a veterinarian. My career plan lasted until I realized that being a vet meant 8+ years of college. This was the first time I switched my ...

Build Your Business Etiquette

You’ve started a new job or internship and want to make a great impression. But how? My advice: stop worrying about “fitting in” and start thinking about how to stand out! Take communication, for example. Communication is one of the skills employers most highly covet in workers. Many people think they are good communicators, but ...

Negotiating Your Salary

Recently, I worked with a student trying to decide between two job offers. She preferred the position that offered her a more flexible schedule, but the pay was a little lower. I suggested, “why not try negotiating a higher salary?”  She replied with an oft-heard question…how? Negotiation is an integrative process. To negotiate successfully, you ...

Do You Have the Global Skills Employers Want?

The word ‘global’ has gone global. At least five times a day, I hear it mentioned in the news or while reviewing job descriptions;  there’s globalization, global crises, global industries, global workforces. It’s everywhere, including at BU! BU students hail from around the world, speak hundreds of different languages, study abroad, and honor their cultures ...

Finding Your Fit as a Liberal Arts Major

My seven-year-old daughter changes her mind every day about what she wants to be when she grows up. One day she wants to be a baker, the next day a photographer, and sometimes she wants to be a farmer. Frustrated, she will say that she can’t decide. To which I reply, “you don’t have to ...