Boston Career Coach Program
Volunteers: Sign up to coach a Summer Search participant!
Participants: Get matched with a coach!
Our 2022-2023 Career Coach program has already begun. We look forward to opening it up again in summer 2023 and we welcome post-secondary students, alumni and volunteers to apply for the program at that time.
WHAT IS THE CAREER COACH PROGRAM?
The Career Coach Program (CCP) provides an opportunity for experienced, professional volunteers to work directly with Summer Search participants by supporting their career exploration and helping them develop the hard and soft skills required to secure an internship or job. CCP allows Summer Search post-secondary participants and recent alumni to benefit from the caring support, professional skills and experiences of our Coaches. Together, each pair will work to prepare participants as they make informed decisions about their career development and trajectory.
WHAT IS A CAREER COACH AND WHAT DO CAREER COACHES DO?
A Career Coach is a volunteer with at least three (3) years of professional experience. Coaches have knowledge of the “soft skills” needed to explore careers and acquire jobs, as well as current job search and application methods. Additionally, coaches possess an outgoing, friendly attitude that will enable them to create a lasting relationship with a Summer Search participant.
Coaches are matched with a post-secondary participant or recent graduate and commit to coaching participants around career readiness, career exploration, personal finance and more from September to June. Coaches support participants in navigating everything from on-campus career resources, internship and job searches, résumé and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing, thank you notes, utilizing Linked In, and other areas that can be difficult to navigate and master early in one’s career.
Our goal is for each Career Coach-Student pair to establish a productive and mutually rewarding mentor-mentee relationship, focused on increasing a participant's career readiness as they transition into internship and full-time roles.
WHAT KIND OF TIME COMMITMENT IS THIS?
Summer Searchers and coaches should plan to participate in an initial 45-minute long info session (via Zoom), attend the Kick Off Event (about 2 hours) and spend about 2 hours a month from August to June working together.
IMPORTANT DATES: (will be updated for 2023)
July 14 or July 21 - 5:30-6:30- Info-Session for Participants (virtual - attending one session is mandatory.)
Participant Application Deadline - Preference given to applications submitted before July 22nd, with a rolling deadline open until spots are filled or July 31st.
July 27 - Coach application launches.
August 9 or August 12 - Info-Session for Coaches (virtual - attending one session is mandatory. Register by clicking on preferred date. A completed application is not required to attend an info session.)
August 15-19 - Coach Application Rolling Deadline
(all coaches will be asked to complete a background check before participating in the program, administered through a third party)
August 30 - Career Coach Kick Off Event (virtual)
January 2023 - Mid Year check in with Summer Search staff
June 2023 - Career Coach Closing Event, Provide Feedback
Coach Questions? Reach out to Sam Larkan: firstname.lastname@example.org 617.390.1955
Participant Questions? Reach out to Ruby Kirby: email@example.com 617.390.1956
Ready to apply?
Applications will open in summer 2023.