In the Career Services Office, we continue the BAC's 125-year practice-based tradition by positioning graduates to be exceptionally competitive in the professional marketplace.
We take an individualized approach to helping you craft your dream career: getting to know your interests in design, what inspires you, and what skills you bring to the job market.
The Practice Department provides professional advising and a range of resources to help you identify your career goals and determine the appropriate steps toward developing and realizing those goals. Whether you are planning to become a licensed architect, landscape architect, or interior designer, or whether you are planning to blaze your own trail in the design industry, the staff in the Practice Department can meet with you individually to discuss your career needs.
Every semester Career Services holds events to help you meet talented design professionals. In the first year, both undergraduate and graduate students who enroll in the CityX class practice their interviewing skills with multiple deans of the college. This event is typically followed by a CityX Networking event in which design professionals share their advice and personal stories about how to be successful in design.
In addition to these on-campus events, the Practice Department guides you in off-campus engagements with architects and project managers at construction sites. You will also have the opportunity to join Career Services in an office visit to meet licensed architects, HR Managers, and/or architectural designers at a reputable design firm and see a day in the life of a designer.
Practice Networks links BAC students to a variety of practicing design professionals through its uniquely crafted Career Fair. Through one-on-one conversations, you’ll learn about specific career opportunities, practice interviewing and networking skills, and receive critical feedback on your design portfolio. Practice Networks celebrates the BAC’s longstanding relationships with designers from Boston and beyond and strengthens our commitment to design education emerging from design practice.
For many students, finding work at the right design firm or related setting is a crucial step in their career development. Getting the desired job or internship may not be easy, but students who conduct a diligent, informed, and persistent job search campaign eventually do find work. Here are a few tools to aid your search:
- Practice Lab (the BAC's online job database)
Note: First semester students will receive access to Practice Lab a month after attending classes.
- American Institute of Architects
- American Society of Interior Designers
- American Society of Landscape Architects
- Boston Society for Architecture
- International Interior Design Association
Crafting a compelling resume and cover letter is essential for anyone planning a successful job search campaign. Use these tools to help you present your skills and qualifications in dynamic ways that may help you snag that coveted interview, or contact Career Services for one-on-one help.
You can also check out the Career Services Handbook for helpful guides on topics such as:
- Getting Started in Practice
- Job Search Strategies
- Job Search Documents
- Functional Resumes
- Hybrid Resumes
- Chronological Resumes
- Cover Letter
- Interview Portfolios
- References Page
- Job Tips for International Students
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