Turning Your Activism Into a Career

In many respects, the year 2020 has laid bare that the fight for justice on various fronts — racial, economic, environmental, educational, and more — is ongoing and demands our greatest efforts. And the drive for justice has never been more important to the college experience and beyond, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

BC students, as people for others, often take active roles on- and off-campus in fighting and advocating for justice. But how can this activism— and the overall desire to good — sync with your career goals?

There are many paths open to students who are interested in pursuing a career built on fighting for justice. Here are a few examples of what you can do now:

  • Get involved on campus with justice oriented groups like FACES, Climate Justice @ Boston College, EcoPledge, the GLBTQ+ Leadership Council, and the AHANA Leadership Council.
  • Explore the Community on Eagle Exchange to connect with alumni whose careers are built on advocating for justice. Here are a few ways: 
    • Use the keyword function to type “social justice,” or other areas of interest, to filter for alumni. 
    • Use the “More Filters” function to search for student organizations that alumni were involved in that are dedicated to fighting for justice, like the ones mentioned above.

By using Eagle Exchange this way, you can find alumni making a positive impact and working towards justice in various fields, including…

  • Use external resources like Daybook and Idealist to search for opportunities across various issue areas, like racial or environmental justice, and create a job alert to keep track of new opportunities.

As always, the Career Center is here to support you on your journey. As you continue to explore ways to pursue a career as a person for others, please make an appointment with a career coach to review resources and determine your next steps.

Salvatore Cipriano
—By Salvatore Cipriano, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Career Education

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