“Before I came to BU, I had no idea what I wanted to study and was undeclared until I took a philosophy class that I fell in love with. Now, I’m exploring careers that will compliment both my Philosophy and Spanish majors and my desire to help others and work with children. BU has provided me with connections that led to the opportunity to intern with the Columbia County D.A. where I will be able to get a sneak peak at what a career in law would mean.”
Professional Preparation and Experience
At Bloomsburg University, opportunity belongs to those driven to create it. It’s why we equip every Husky with practical, meaningful experiences, and alumni and employer connections, on campus and in the field, so you’ll be prepared to impact your workplace and community. This is our commitment to you — this is Professional U.
Customize each phase of YOUR career journey
Since Professional U looks different in every college, every career, and every student, see your academic advisor to take advantage of all the career opportunities in your major. Consider attending speakers, alumni panels, workshops, and your college conference. For additional help, and 1:1 career coaching, visit the Greenly Center.
First thing's first: Activate Handshake and FOCUS 2
Activate your Handshake Profile to keep up with every opportunity and connect with employers! Sign up for 1:1 career coaching, professional development workshops, labs, alumni panels and networking events like Career Expos. Find a job shadow host, register for a mock or on-campus interview., and find / apply for internships and jobs as you near graduation. Take the FOCUS 2 assessment to help decide what you want to pursue.
Explore industries and practice networking
Explore industries, get comfortable interacting with employers, and find internships at a Career Connections Expo. Build relationships with recruiters who may hire you later! Visit the Greenly Center to find out what to expect and get a free professional outfit so you can dress for success.
Gain valuable experience
Internships, field study, research and study abroad experiences are vital to finding that first professional position! Talk to a faculty member, advisor, or department secretary about the best fit for your path, then search Handshake and get ideas from alumni at college conferences like CASSHCon, ZIPD, COST Pathways, or CATCH. Once you have a site, speak with your adviser, make sure there is an affiliation agreement on file and submit a 509 form to receive credit. Reserve a Sekisui Professional Experience Lab at the Greenly Center for a quiet, professional space to practice or participate in presentations, interviews, webinars and conference calls. Professional experiences can be expensive, especially if they involve travel. Apply for a Professional Experience Grant (PEG) to help defray costs.
Continue your climb, long after you leave campus
Explore your personal values and discover how to lead others and effect social change through Huskies L.E.A.D. Make the transition from college student to confident professional with some last-minute polish and preparation at the Career Intensive Boot Camp. Then, return as an alumni volunteer to lift up the rest of the pack!