The world is witnessing a surge in youth climate action, and Boston College is no different. Each year, more and more BC students are pursuing environmentally-focused academics, co-curriculars, and careers. As members of the Boston College Energy and Environmental Alumni Network, this news is inspiring and presents us with an opportunity to give back to our alma mater. Thanks to the efforts of the BC Career Center, there are three direct ways we can support current BC students: 1) participate in the upcoming Green Careers Night; 2) sign up for Eagle Exchange; and 3) participate in Endeavor 2021.
Green Careers Night brings together alumni from a multitude of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies that work on environmental, sustainability, and energy issues so that interested students can learn about diverse green career options, networking, and internships. Green Careers Night is a collaboration between the BC Career Center, Environmental Studies Program, student organization EcoPledge, the BC Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN), and the Office of Sustainability. Green Careers Night 2020 will be held on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Gasson 100 on the Boston College campus. Please register here to participate as an alum.
Alumni can also get involved via Eagle Exchange, BC’s new student-alumni networking and mentoring platform. Creating a profile on Eagle Exchange is a great way to be a career resource to fellow Eagles, and based on feedback from current students, the platform is in need of more alumni with environmental/green career experience. Creating a profile is quick and easy, and the platform allows you to link to your existing LinkedIn profile, upload a resume, or populate your own information. Join today at eagleexchange.bc.edu.
Since creating an Eagle Exchange profile in 2019, I’ve connected with a number of BC students who have requested environmental career guidance, typically through 30-minute phone conversations. Students may ask questions about your academic path at BC, your involvement with co-curriculars, your experience with internships, job searching, or graduate school. They may ask questions about your current position and it’s day-to-day schedule, or what led you to pursue this career versus another.
These Eagle Exchange student-alumni conversations are similar to those you would have during Endeavor. Endeavor, which marked five years this January, is a free three-day career exploration program during Winter Break for sophomores and juniors who are in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences or the Lynch School of Education and Human Development’s Applied Psychology major. Together with alumni, career coaches, and peer leaders, students explore and gain clarity around career options through the lens of the liberal arts degree. After completing Endeavor, students are able to identify career fields that align with their interests, identify critical skills they should incorporate into their career path, describe tools and strategies they can use to continue exploring career fields, and demonstrate effective networking skills to communicate with alumni and professionals.
Alumni are typically invited to Day 2 of Endeavor to participate in three career-based panel discussions, a lunch conversation, and a networking reception. Like Eagle Exchange, Endeavor is in need of more alumni with environmental/green career experience, so please consider signing up in 2020 for the January 2021 event. This year was my second time participating in Endeavor, this year as a moderator and last year as a panelist. Endeavor 2020 has more than 90 alumni and 270 students participate. The discussions with BC students never disappoint. Having previously worked in higher education, I am always deeply moved by the level of thoughtfulness within BC students, their questions often focused on service, morals and values, and following a passion. This may resonate for many of you, and if it does, I hope it will encourage you to join Green Careers Night, Eagle Exchange, and Endeavor so we can collectively support current BC students in their green careers exploration.