Students & Alumni

Major and Career Exploration

Not sure what you want to major in, what jobs are out there, or what you might be good at? Take advantage of these tools to explore your options!

Focus2

Focus2 uses self-assessment to help you research and select majors and careers.

  1. Visit Focus2
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to register
  3. Access Code - pioneer
  4. Complete the Work, Skills, and Values assessment. Consider completing the other assessments and planners as well.
  5. Make an appointment to meet with a career counselor to review your assessment results.

Research Majors and Careers

  • BC3 Programs - BC3 offers a variety of career and transfer programs, with everything from a Workplace Certificate in Microsoft Office to an Associate in Science Degree in Engineering.
  • PA Work Stats - Learn about trends, salaries, and future job predictions for Pennsylvania.
  • O*Net - Learn the tasks, knowledge, skills, and more associated with jobs you are interested in.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Discover what the educational requirements, work environment, and job outlook are for careers and majors that interest you.
  • Buzz File - Learn what majors specific industries or companies look for.
  • GlassDoor - Discover jobs, company reviews, average salaries, and interview tips for specific locations.

 

Career Preparation

Without a perfect resume, well-written cover letter, professional interview skills, developed network, and presentable portfolio, you will likely be left jobless after graduation. Luckily for you, the Career Services Office is here to help you to develop and strengthen each of these items. Use the samples and information below to get started or make an appointment with a career counselor for assistance.

Each item you send to an employer has a job.

Resumes:

The job of a resume is to get you an interview. In order to do that, the resume must demonstrate your ability to fulfill the open position accurately and succinctly.

Cover Letters:

The job of a cover letter is to introduce yourself to the employer. Whether a separate page sent with your resume or the body of an email, a cover letter should inform the employer of your interest in the job, your qualifications, and your contact information. While it does not repeat your resume, it does introduce the employer to what they will see in the resume.

Portfolios:

A portfolio's job is to highlight to employers your accomplishments and achievements. Portfolios are especially useful in providing physical evidence of your abilities and notable work. Portfolios are not necessarily required for every job and can come in electronic form or hard copies.

Interviews:

The job of the interview is to get you a job offer. Interviewing is a skill to perfect, which is why we recommend that you schedule mock interviews with Career Services to ensure you are ready when it comes time for the real thing.

Networking:

Sometimes it really is all in who you know. Which means that the job of networking is to connect you with job openings and professionals. Networking often sounds more complicated than it actually is. Simply, networking is forming connections and relationships with professionals in your field. Ideally, these relationships lead to professional growth and job opportunities. Career Fairs, Alumni Events, and LinkedIn are great ways to begin to build your professional network. Career Services is happy to help you to develop a LinkedIn profile or brainstorm other ways, such as job shadowing or informational interviews, to begin building connections.

 

Student Employment

Many students choose to work while attending BC3 for financial reasons, overlooking the opportunities to build their professional skills and settling for any old job. Why not find a job that is related to your major and future career goals AND pays the bills?

College Central Network (CCN)

CCN exclusively allows BC3 students and alumni to post a resume and employers to post job openings. CCN is easy to use and connects applicants to employers for full-time, part-time, co-op, internship, seasonal, and work study jobs. Set up your free account to start your job search.

Work Study

Many offices at BC3, and some nonprofit organizations close to BC3 campuses, have positions designated specifically for students to gain professional experience while assisting in daily office operations. These positions are called Work Study Positions and are a great way to earn money while in school. If you have any questions about the work study program or your eligibility please contact Career Services or Financial Aid.

  1. What is work study?
    1. The work study program is run by the Federal Government and provides part-time jobs for college students that demonstrate financial need (based on your FAFSA). Work study jobs allow students to earn money to help pay their educational expenses. At BC3, most on-campus jobs require a student to be work study eligible.
  2. How do I know if I am work study eligible?
    1. Did you file a FAFSA (free application for federal student aid)?
      1. No – In order to determine your financial need and work study eligibility, you first must file a FAFSA. For assistance, please contact the BC3 Financial Aid Office.
      2. Yes – Once your FAFSA is submitted, you can submit a Work Study Application. You will be notified via email regarding your eligibility. For assistance, please contact the Student Employment Specialist in the Career Services Office.
  3. How do I apply for a work study job?
    1. Visit College Central and click the students box.
      1. If you have already activated or created an account, log in. If you have not, follow the instructions below.
    2. Under the log in box, click the activate link.
    3. Enter your 7 digit BC3 student ID (without the b) and your myBC3 email address. Click activate account. You will be prompted to create a password and add additional information to your profile.
    4. On the home screen, aka dashboard, select Experiential Learning from the left side menu.
    5. Click Submit New Work Study Agreement.
    6. Read all instructions carefully and fill out the work study application. Submit when complete.
    7. Refer to College Central Network account and myBC3 email for further instructions and details.
  4. What if I am not work study eligible, but still want to work while attending college?
    1. If you receive notification after submitting your application that you are not work study eligible, there are many part time jobs in the area for you to pursue. You can utilize College Central Network’s Search – My School’s Jobs feature to see all the current job postings and apply for part time jobs that interest you. For assistance, please contact the Career Services Office.

Appointments with Career Services

Career Services is here to help you with anything career related, here are some examples of common types of career appointments:

  • Career Exploration
    • Research careers you may be able to pursue with your current degree program and/or degree programs that interest you.
  • Cover Letter Construction
    • Review cover letter basics.
    • Receive assistance with creating a cover letter from scratch.
  • Cover Letter Review
    • Proofread cover letter(s).
    • Receive suggestions for improvement.
  • Internship/Co-Op/Practicum Search
    • Review search strategies.
    • Find potential sites for your experience.
  • Job Search
    • Put together a job search plan.
    • Review job search strategies.
    • Review application processes.
  • LinkedIn/Networking
    • Set up or strengthen LinkedIn account.
    • Discuss networking techniques.
  • Major Exploration
    • Discuss possible majors.
    • Review Focus2 results.
      • For these appointments, please take Focus2 before meeting with the counselor.
  • Mock Interview
    • Practice interview questions.
    • Discuss interview best practices.
  • Portfolio Construction
    • Review what a portfolio is and how to use it.
    • Brainstorm what to put in portfolio.
    • See examples.
  • Portfolio Review
    • Review complete (or draft) portfolio to proofread and make suggestions.
  • Resume Construction
    • Being creating resume from scratch.
    • Review basic resume rules.
    • Begin process of writing a resume.
  • Resume Review
    • Review complete (or draft) resume to proofread and make suggestions.
 

College Central Network (CCN)

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All BC3 students are pre-registered for a CCN account before the start of the semester. To begin using the system’s features (internship and job postings, work study opportunities, resume and portfolio creation tools, informational career resources, and a career podcast), follow the below steps.

  1. Visit www.collegecentral.com/bc3 and click the students box.
  2. Under the log in box, click the activate link.
  3. Enter your 7 digit BC3 student ID (without the b) and your myBC3 email address. Click activate account. You will be prompted to create a password and add additional information to your profile.
  4. For assistance, please contact the Career Services Office at 724.287.8711 x8606.

Career Exploration Websites

 Career Link logo

 Find jobs in Pennsylvania

Linkedin Jobs logo

LinkedIn Jobs

USA Jobs logo

Find federal employment

 

Indeed logo

 Find jobs globally

 

Job Gateway logo

Find jobs in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Job Network logo

Find jobs locally

SnagaJob logo

Find jobs in America

Pittsburgh Hires logo

Find jobs in Pittsburgh


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