Tag: soft skills

Advice from the Other Side: How Internships Prepare You for a Career

Boston University provides students with a comprehensive, well-rounded education that prepares you for meaningful careers in all sorts of exciting industries. There’s no doubt that your time spent as a Terrier will strengthen your knowledge and skill set, but you want to be sure that you are not relying solely on your coursework to get ...

Advice from the Other Side: Setting Goals in the Workplace

The first few months of a new job are all about getting your bearings and learning the essential functions of your role. After you’ve got the basics down, it’s important to continue to grow your skill set and continue to develop professionally. Setting goals (whether short-term or long-term) is vital to achieving success both in ...

Internship Series: Bay Cove Human Services

Lidiya Dubrova CAS ’20 | Undecided Day Habilitation Program Intern, Developmental Disabilities Division CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? Lidiya: I worked with the individuals in the program, primarily on their communication goals. I found my favorite goals to be the practical ones such as a card sort to sort pictures of people ...

Making the Most of Your Internship

Congratulations on joining the 93% of BU graduates that participate in at least one internship before graduating.  This is a big deal, and it’s time to shine! Here are a few pointers before your first day: Make connections. Networking can be intimidating, but it is simply making quality connections; meeting and getting to know the ...

Advice from the Other Side: Stay Flexible

Have you ever wondered why there are distribution requirements at BU? If you come to BU knowing in your heart of hearts that you want to be a mechanical engineer, why are you forced to sit through a humanities requirement? If you know that you want to be an English professor, why must you suffer ...

Advice from the Other Side: Navigating Office Culture

The lessons you learn in the classroom prepare you for a successful career, no doubt about it. However, the classroom environment doesn’t always mirror the office environment. Navigating office culture and politics can be a bit intimidating when you’re first starting out in the professional world. I, for example, worked in food service and interned ...

Advice from the Other Side: Career Fair Reflections and Academic Skills

I hope you all had a wonderful experience at the BU Career Fair on Wednesday. Selling yourself to recruiters can be daunting, and I think there can be a general tendency to put great emphasis on how your major has prepared you for a specific job or profession. As you reflect on your Career Fair experience, ...

Advice from the Other Side: Your First Week on the Job

The post-graduation job search can seem endless at times, but with a little perseverance, you’ll soon land your very first “grown-up” job. Taking that first step into your career is so exciting, but it’s also a little nerve-wracking if you don’t know what to expect. After all, you’ve spent the majority of your life in school, and ...

Art of the Interview: Any Questions?

At the end of an interview, you’ll be asked, “Do you have any questions for us?” If you’ve read up on interviewing, you’ll know you should have some questions prepared. And if you’ve looked for advice about what to ask, you’ll get some common suggestions: What does it take to be successful in this job? What’s ...

Advice from the Other Side: Networking with Professors

Hopefully you’ve heard of networking as concept—as you journey towards your career, you’ll talk with a number of people working in your desired profession. That’s the simple, traditional notion of networking. You don’t just need to network with future colleagues and connections, you need to network with faculty and staff! Here a few reasons why ...