Growing up, kids are frequently asked about their "dream job," to which their responses range from being an astronaut, singer, or the next Kobe Bryant to becoming a teacher, fireman, or veterinarian. Yet dream jobs only become a reality for roughly 30% of people.
Choosing new job aspirations is a hard decision for college students to make. Many students even find it difficult to decide on a major, believing this choice will determine their future career.
Boston College Career Center’s Jan. 2016 Endeavor program—career exploration directed towards sophomores pursuing liberal arts degrees—provided students with this necessary guidance. The success of its inaugural session spurred the Career Center to expand Endeavor 2017, which will be held Jan. 11-13, in terms of both content and enrollment.
Over the course of the program, students will hear BC alumni describe their experience in the work force, work with alumni to draft their own career path, practice networking, and experience a day in their potential career of choice.
Associate Director of the BC Career Center Rachel A. Greenberg states the Career Center’s goal is for students to leave Endeavor “knowing that they can study what they love and find a career that they love and that, while major and career are not always directly related, a liberal arts education provides students with the skills they need to be successful in any workforce.”
“Our hope is for students to leave Endeavor able to identify career fields they are interested in further exploring, able to articulate skills they are gaining through their liberal arts education at Boston College and how those skills translate to the workplace, and able to connect with alumni and potential future employers with greater confidence,” Greenberg said.
Specifically, this year’s Endeavor program increased the capacity to 250 attendees and expanded to include a third day. It will additionally involve 16 volunteer Endeavor Fellows—juniors who took part in the program last year. The Endeavor Fellows will serve as guidance throughout the three days and provide peer mentorship.
One junior who opted to become an Endeavor Fellow, Jack Murray, MCAS ’18, says he is inspired to help because “Endeavor, especially with its different panels, allowed me to learn about potential careers that I might be interested in. Also, I look forward to telling students my story of originally coming to BC as an economics major and switching to history.”
Alumni, coaches, and facilitators will also play prominent roles throughout the day.
This year’s event will include a keynote speech by Arivee Vargas Rozier-Byrd, Esq. MCAS ’05, J.D. ’08, who recently received the Goodwin Procter Diversity Fellowship in 2007 and now serves on the professional advancement and mentoring subcommittee of the AHANA Alumni Advisory Council. Arivee is a former associate in business and tort litigation at the law firm Jones Day and is currently an associate director at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Other speakers and career coaches involved include those from the Boston Public Health Commission, Education First, State Street Corporation, Shire and Houghton Mifflin, Mass General Hospital, and the Danforth Art Museum, along with other major organizations.
Faith Rapley, MCAS’18, another junior who participated in Endeavor last year, claims, “It was beneficial to see how others with my degree found jobs that weren’t conventional. Also, it was nice to see how the same degree could be used for so many different career paths.”
As a whole, the Endeavor program illustrates the BC community’s commitment to liberal arts education and the idea that a liberal arts education provides the skills necessary to be uniquely successful. Endeavor is one example of the many new offerings the Career Center brings to the students of Boston College. For more information, click here.