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Boise State is committed to your career readiness. From the day you register for classes, Career Services is here to support you every step of the way as you plan and prepare for your future career.
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Planning for your future begins the day you start earning your degree. To achieve your goals, you’ll need to take ownership of your Boise State experience and seek out opportunities to prepare for a meaningful career. In your first year, you should focus on experiences that will allow you to explore your interests and career options. Use our 4 Year Career Plan to get an idea of what you should do each year to stay on track.
Summer To-Do List
Get ready to make the most of your first semester by doing these two things now:
- Take PathwayU: Explore potential career paths and corresponding Boise State majors using our career assessment platform. If you’re not sure what you’re interested in yet, this will help you identify some areas to start exploring through classes, jobs, or activities in the fall. If you have a direction in mind already, this will help you ensure your path aligns well with your interests, personality, values, and workplace preferences. To get the most out of PathwayU, it’s a good idea to meet with a career counselor after you’ve taken it for a personalized interpretation of your results and help determining your next steps. (We offer video appointments, so we’re available wherever you’re spending the summer.)
- Register for Handshake and complete your profile: Handshake is where you can find on-campus student jobs, off-campus jobs, internships, and career employment. Register for access now and complete your profile so you’re ready to start applying for opportunities. In your first year, it’s a really good idea to get an on-campus job. Students who work on campus are more connected to Boise State staff and resources and are therefore more likely to experience academic and career success. It’s also easier to find an on-campus job that will let you try out an interest area and develop professional/career skills, making it great fit for your first year career plan. If you want to work on campus, start applying now. Many departments are doing video interviews and hiring over the summer for their fall positions.
What to Do This Fall
What should you be doing in your first semester to work towards your career goals? Here are some ideas:
- Get an on-campus job (find them on Handshake) to learn more about your workplace interests and preferences, and develop professional skills that will help you qualify for internships later. (Career Services can help you with your resumes, cover letters, and interviewing for jobs.)
- Join a student club or organization. This will help you explore your interests and connect with a network of other students with similar interests. There are opportunities to take on all kinds of volunteer roles and leadership positions which will help you develop skills and build your resume.
- Find a cause you care about and volunteer. This will help you explore your interests, develop skills, build your resume, and start developing a professional network.
- Ask an alumni questions about a career you’re interested in. Through BroncoLink, you can search for Boise State alumni with your major or working in a particular job or industry who are excited to answer your questions and give you advice.
- Attend the fall Career and Graduate School Fair. Did you know career fairs are not just for students about to graduate? This is a great way to learn about career options, employer expectations, and get advice about preparing for your career.
The short video below will tell you more about Handshake, PathwayU, BroncoLink, and career fairs.
Links to Resources
Below are some additional resources to help you get ready to start your Boise State journey in the fall.
Ways to Get Career Help
- Make an appointment for personalized assistance with choosing a major or career, developing your career plan, finding relevant experiences, or applying to jobs
- Use our Virtual Career Center to find the best online resources to meet your needs
- Come to Drop-In Quick Tips (fall and spring semesters only) for help with all your quick career questions
Career Exploration and Planning
- Take the PathwayU career assessment to explore protentional matching careers and corresponding Boise State majors
- Brainstorm career options with What Can I Do With This Major?
- Learn about industries and professions with Firsthand
- Use the links on our Career and Job Market Research page to get data about a career you’re considering
- Use BroncoLink to find alumni and ask questions about their career path
- Use the 4 Year Career Plan as a guide to build your own career plan
Looking for a Job
- Sign in to your Handshake account to search for jobs and internships on and off campus
- If you haven’t secured a job by the start of the fall semester, come to the Part-Time Job Fair during Welcome Week
- Get tips on searching for a student job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing for student jobs
- Find out about our big career events (smaller events like employer information sessions can be found in the events section of Handshake)
Follow us so you never miss a career event or opportunity
Take the effort out of keeping up with career events and opportunities by following Boise State Career Services on whichever social platforms you use.