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Thank you for attending the 2013 Boston College Career Fair! Now, you’re work is just beginning. Remember to follow up with connections you made up at the Career Fair. Keep fostering your network. And always remember to say thank you.
Thank you to all of our employers who attended, especially our sponsors:
With 120 registered employers in attendance on Thursday, it will be important to have a plan of action. Whether you are attending the Career Fair with specific goals in mind, or to explore and learn more about career options, use the 2013 Career Fair Program to help you map out your strategy.
Are you considering a career in the sciences? This panel will feature alumni and employers in science fields who will offer their perspective about the wide variety of professional opportunities available. Panelists will provide advice about resumes, interviewing, and navigating the job and internship search process. They will also offer insight into their careers and highlight what skills and experiences make candidates competitive.
Register on EagleLink. All BC students are welcome!
Career Conversation with Ryan Harms, Director of Digital Production at Arnold Worldwide
Ryan Harms is an extremely personable guy. His young energy and passion for advertising and marketing made our conversation comfortable and informal, yet it was very informative. Ryan graduated from Boston College in 2007 as an International Studies major, worked for two small advertising agencies in Boston, and is now leading a production team at Arnold Worldwide, which is one of the most well-established, well-known firms in the industry. Ryan shared his academic and early work experiences with us to prove that marketing and advertising careers attract people from all walks of life. It’s encouraging that some companies find you as a person more compelling and interesting than your GPA, number of past internships, and extracurricular activities.
Our conversation progressed into a discussion about how technology is rapidly changing the advertising industry, such as with the creation of online “ad blocking” tools. Each day certainly brings a new challenge for Ryan, who doesn’t mind the hard work and long hours that it takes to manage projects for over twenty clients simultaneously. The “soul” of the workplace, as Ryan put it, is important for productivity in terms of coming up with ideas and building brands for companies, as well as for chemistry with colleagues and those with whom you interact on a daily basis. There is also a significant difference between small and large agencies, both in which Ryan has experience. For example, you get to work with a diverse group of clients at a larger ad agency, whereas a smaller agency exposes you more to different tasks and roles. Big agencies are much more bureaucratic than smaller ones are, and small agencies lack the mentorship that many of the large firms provide. In the end, Ryan loves what he does, and inspired many of us to consider a career in marketing and advertising.
A huge thanks to Ryan for speaking with us!
-Michelle Totino, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2013
Ariel Belgrave is a BC alumna who is currently working as an Executive Officer Senior Analyst at JP Morgan Chase. She visited the BC Career Center to speak with students about her recent experiences, career path and choices, and to give general advice to current BC students. In case you missed her visit, here are some take-away points:
1) If you’re interested in something, take a class in it. Ariel was a Psychology major at BC, but she had an interest in working outside of the traditional Psychology career paths. She took a tax course outside of her BC course work, and this gave her the skills she needed to pursue her current career. Ariel recommended that students should look for other ways to gain skills and knowledge, even if it’s not within their traditional major courses.
2) The number one aspect that Ariel has leveraged is people. She recommends networking, joining LinkedIn groups based on interests and skills, getting in touch with alumni, and maintaining relationships with any previous supervisors or professionals. It is useful for finding jobs in the future, as well as understanding a possible job of interest.
3) Rotational programs give a well-rounded experience. Ariel is currently working in a rotational program at JP Morgan Chase, and this has given her a wide variety of skills. She stressed the importance of flexibility while starting out in a career.
4) Use an entry-level job to sculpt yourself and gain skills. Focus on the job characteristics, skills you will gain, and work with your manager to develop your talents. Use a first job to help guide you towards your next job and just in general in your career path.
5) Do things outside of the general job description to gain experience. Ariel described how she has not yet had to say “no” to a project; she views any additional tasks as a way to gain exposure to multiple areas of the company. Additionally, Ariel has joined the board of a non-profit organization, which gives her varied professional experience outside of her company and day-to-day work.
6) Keep good time management, and maintain your health. Even with her busy schedule, Ariel finds time to exercise, walk around the city, and see friends. She mentioned that time management and her calendar are very important and useful, but it’s possible to do everything you want if you use your time well.
-Megan Cain, Lynch School of Education, Class of 2013
In case you missed last semester’s Career Conversation, check out the following recap from one of the students who attended:
Maryann C. Calia is the Statewide Community and Government Liaison for the Committee for Public Council Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts Public Defenders agency. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from BC in Political Science and Speech Communications and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from BU, Maryann served as the chief of staff to the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Maryann noted that her BC undergraduate education, coupled with experience earned in government on the state and federal levels, have prepared her well for the demands of her current position. A typical day in her job includes extensive media research, drafting legislation, coalition building, and promoting the CPCS legislative agenda among chief and general counsels by lobbying for new policy and tracking pertinent budget initiatives. Maryann focuses on legislation affecting legal representation to indigent persons in criminal and civil cases, and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel. A few of her many career successes in policy advocacy have come with her work on the Massachusetts Health Care Act, Green Communities Act, Stem Cell Research Act, and the Film Tax Credit Act, as well as the revision of the MA Juvenile Court policy on shackling juveniles.
Maryann is an excellent resource for any student considering a career in government or policy-making at the state or federal level. As a BC grad herself, is more than willing to offer advice to BC students.
-Mackenzie Cunningham, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2013