Professional U Student Sequence

Professional U Student Sequence


Professional U is a four-year plan integrating the academic experience with professional experience and the alumni network. The following career map outlines the plan for students from freshman through senior year.

Did you know? 80 percent of all jobs are found through networking! Employers look for specific knowledge (your major) AND a broad range of competencies in employees.

First Year: Learn about your skills, interests and options

Professional U

Professional U Competencies

  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Written and oral communication
  • Intercultural experience
  • Ethical judgment
  • Capacity for new and continued learning
  • Technology and information management

» Attend a LinkedIn workshop and create your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to include your career interests and contact information. — September to October

» Visit the Career Development Center (CDC) in Warren Student Services Center to take the online skills assessment FOCUS. Discuss the results with your advisor, parents and a career counselor in the CDC. — October to November.

» Create career connections by networking through your LinkedIn profile and exploring Alumni Career Connectors at bloomualumni.com. — November to January.

» Zero in on your major and top three career fields — October to March. Learn more by:

  • Reviewing your options with your academic advisor and professors
  • Scheduling at least 3 informational interviews with BU alumni
  • Attending a major/minor fair
  • Attending the Career Connections Expo in October

» Signing up for job shadowing in your sophomore year at bloomualumni.com — October to March.

» Participate in campus career and professional development workshops. Check the CDC calendar regularly bloomu.edu/careers-events — September to April.

» Join a campus organization and check out the Student Life Leadership Center to network and learn new skills — August to May.

» Reflect on your experiences and add to your Linkedin profile — December and March.

Second Year: Gain insight and perspective on the path you are considering

» Update your Linkedin profile and browse through the Alumni Career Connectors at bloomualumni.com — August.

» Make an appointment to review your career plans with your advisor — September to December. Declare your major and be sure to discuss professional experience opportunities like:

  • Job shadowing Internships Study abroad
  • Professional Conferences Campus employment Graduate School
  • Volunteer Service Professional certification Practicum
  • Leadership experiences Research projects

» Make an appointment with the Career Development Center to prepare your resume, review your Linkedin profile and schedule a mock interview — November –March

» Schedule a job shadowing experience at bloomualumni.com — September.

» Research and schedule an internship, study abroad, job and/or volunteer experience for the winter break and/or summer. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor and family — November to March.

» Participate in campus career and professional development workshops. Check the CDC calendar regularly bloomu.edu/careers-events — September to April.

» Join a campus organization and check out the Student Life Leadership Center to network and learn new skills — August to May.

» Reflect on your experiences and update your career experiences on LinkedIn — December to March.

Third Year: Refine your goals, gain real-world experience, build your professional brand

» Update your LinkedIn profile, join LinkedIn professional groups, search Alumni Career Connectors at bloomualumni.com — August.

» Explore graduate school options if applicable to your major. Learn details regarding professional exams/certifications — September to March.

Build your network. Join the Alumni LinkedIn group and other professional LinkedIn groups of interest. Be sure your professional brand is appropriately reflected on other social networking sites — September to May.

Make an appointment with the Career Development Center to review your resume and LinkedIn profile and further refine your interview skills — November to March.

Narrow your search and apply for an internship at bloomualumni.com. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor — October to March.

» Participate in campus career and professional development workshops; especially the Career Connections Expo. Check the CDC calendar regularly bloomu.edu/careers-events — September to April.

» Reflect on your experiences and update your career experiences on LinkedIn — December to March.

Fourth Year: Your full-time job is finding the job/graduate school you want!

» Update your LinkedIn profile, join LinkedIn professional groups, search Alumni Career Connectors at bloomualumni.com — August.

Update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Be sure to reflect on the your skills and the experiences you’ve had at BU and through your classes, internships, etc. — September to November.

» Make an appointment with the Career Development Center to develop your job search strategy and review your resume. Secure professional references and launch your search. Attend Career Connections Expo and Graduate Fair — September to February.

» Considering graduate school? Research options and complete applications — August to February.

» Leverage your network. Reach out to Alumni Career Connectors at bloomualumni.com and on LinkedIn to get advice and gain insight for your job search. Attend an alumni event in your region. Don’t overlook your faculty connections — October to April.

» Participate in campus career and professional development workshops. Check the CDC calendar regularly bloomu.edu/careers-events — September to April.

» Participate in Grad Finale and graduation events hosted by the Alumni and Professional Engagement Office — December to May.

» Complete Career Development placement survey and all other senior surveys — December to May.

» Congratulations! Stay in touch, stay connected and “pay it forward” at bloomualumni.com!