This January, Boston College sophomores pursuing liberal arts degrees will be given the chance to take part in Endeavor: The Liberal Arts Advantage for Sophomores, a new program which seeks to help students explore their career options and goals in relation to their education in the liberal arts.
The program, which is free for students, offers workshops and panels to help participants identify their interests and skill sets and learn how to use them in the workplace. In demonstrating the value liberal arts can have in the job market, Endeavor makes alumni a key part of the program, featuring BC graduates who will speak about their careers and Endeavor alumni career coaches, who will meet with small groups throughout the two day session.
Students will choose three Career Cluster sessions at which these alumni speak, allowing them to explore their interests in fields such as financial services, education, technology and more. Each participant will also embark on a Career Trek, a two-hour visit to a Boston organization that will allow them to explore the environment of an industry in which they are interested, as well as allow them to learn the steps needed to pursue a career in that industry.
Joseph DuPont, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Career Services, and Rachel Greenberg, Associate Director in the Career Center focused on the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, said that the inspiration for the development of Endeavor came from the students they regularly meet with who are working to connect their BC educations to careers. While the Career Center does work with students one-on-one and in smaller programs, as well as offer information about the paths pursued by graduates categorized by major, they “thought a larger event over winter break would give students an opportunity to devote more concentrated time to this topic in a fun, friendly environment.”
“Students who complete Endeavor will be able to identify career fields they are interested in further exploring, articulate skills they are gaining through their liberal arts education at Boston College and how those skills translate to the workplace and connect with alumni and potential future employers with greater confidence,” said DuPont and Greenberg in a joint email.
Any sophomore enrolled in MCAS is invited to the program, as well as those in the Lynch School’s Applied Psychology and Human Development major. Students outside of those specifications that still want to attend are encouraged to request exceptions via email. While the program has a current enrollment cap at 200 students, DuPont and Greenberg plan to eventually expand Endeavor to allow for every liberal arts sophomore to take part.
“The purpose of the program is for students to discover how their liberal arts degree gives them an edge in the workplace,” they said, explaining that they hope students who participate will “explore a range of career possibilities based on their own interest areas, connect with BC alumni and reflect on their interests and goals.”
Endeavor will take place January 14-15 and will allow participants to move back into their dorms early. Students can sign up with their BC emails on the Endeavor website. The deadline to register is December 1.