Category: Tips + Advice

Making the Most of Career Counseling

There are lots of services at the CCD to help you with making decisions about your academic and career development, including career counseling. But we often hear from students that they aren’t sure what to do at a career counseling appointment, or even what a career counselor does. In an earlier post, we answered the ...

Advice from the Other Side: Study Skills

Happy Friday, Terriers! It’s the perfect time of the semester to have a little talk about one of the most important set of skills that you need to succeed academically: study skills. Not only will perfecting your study skills help you achieve your goals here at BU, but this will also help you retain important ...

Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts

A cover letter is your chance to introduce your personal story and create a positive first impression with potential employers. In this competitive job market, a great cover letter (accompanying a great resume) increases your chances of getting an interview. The letter lets the reader know why you are contacting them; connects your skills, experience, ...

After the Interview, Send a Thank-You Note

Picture the scenario; you've just finished an interview for a job or internship position. Whether you feel like you aced it or completely bombed, your interview isn’t over until you write and send a thank-you note to every person who interviewed you. The thank-you note is your chance to make a positive final impression to get that ...

Advice from the Other Side: Learning Languages

Bonjour! Joyeux Vendredi! Why am I starting this blog post in another language, Terriers? Can you identify the language or, better yet, what it says? (We all have Google so I know that you’ll figure out that I’ve said “Hello! Happy Friday!” in French). I studied French all through high school and college, and I ...

Careers with the Federal Government

Thinking about an internship for the summer? Worried about what you’re going to do when you graduate? We’ve all been there. You have so many options, and a great one includes working with the federal government. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to be a political science major to work for the federal government. ...

Advice from the Other Side: Email Etiquette

Happy Friday, Terriers! Before we launch into the weekend, I need to have an important chat with you about email. Why would I need to talk to you about email? We all know how to email, right? Unfortunately, this is often not the case. When you’re working full time, you’ll be sending emails constantly, and ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 4

Editor's Note: This is the final installment of the four-part series. My first three tips urge you to use your personal statement to explain the depth and complexity of your motivation for pursuing your chosen field. But what if a big part of your motivation is…money? Don’t worry. Go ahead and draft one or two ...

Advice from the Other Side: The First 90 Days

Congratulations! You’ve survived the interview process and have begun your first post-college job. You can relax a bit now that the initial job search is over (phew) but be careful not to relax too much. Read on for a few tips on making the most of your first 90 days on the job. Set goals. During ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 3

Editor's Note: This is part three of a four-part series. In my previous posts, I suggested that you structure your essay around a theme not a timeline, and make the theme your core drive or drives that explain specifically your experience and goals. A key word here is core. It’s not enough to say that you want ...