My 3 Favorite Career Exploration Tools

By: Palak Warikoo

I like to explore by trying things out and my favorite places to find those opportunities are: Handshake, Indeed and WayUp. I have used these three websites extensively during my career at Boston University. Here’s why:

Handshake is the easiest and most essential place to start. It’s great because it allows you to apply to positions that are already looking for a BU or Questrom student. Sometimes, you can even see positions that have been posted on a larger scale that aren’t confined to just BU students as the platform is used by numerous schools throughout the United States. The advanced filters are easy to use and help narrow down your results. The main filters to always trigger are “All employer preferences match”, location, keyword, and then a bit about what you’re searching for (internship, job, full time, part time, paid roles only, etc.). Handshake is also great because of the diversity of tools on the site. It’s the first place to start for a job/internship search, but it’s also a place you can go to do company research, find employer hosted events on campus, learn about career fairs, make advising appointments, and have access to a plethora of resources from the aptly named “resources” section. Also, if you follow a company (by clicking on the star to the right of the employer page) you will get notified any time they are coming to campus or post a position in Handshake. If you already have a target company list, this can be a real time saver! If you have yet to use or register for Handshake, check out a user guide and FAQ page on the UDC website here.

Another tool I especially like using is called WayUp. WayUp is specifically designed for current undergraduates and recent graduates. It is an extremely user-friendly site with easy to filter jobs/internships depending on location and industry. WayUp also has several partnerships with large corporations such as Nasdaq, JP Morgan Chase, and Citi Bank. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, they have roles from over 20,000 companies! They also provide encouraging messages during the application process to continuously motivate the applicant. While WayUp is currently only available for US based positions, it is free to use and offers additional benefits like advice, guidebooks, and more!

If looking to go wider or complete an easy international search, Indeed is a much more comprehensive site than the others. Indeed operates as an aggregator, meaning it pulls jobs from a variety of online sources depending on what you tell it to search for and where. The pro of this is that you see a large variety of jobs and can utilize it at any stage in your career development. The con is that if you don’t utilize the filters well or have specific search terminology, the results can be overwhelming. To combat this, make sure you are utilizing the filters, using specific search terms or string searches, and adding in small things, like location, to help narrow results. Indeed also has an option you can select where it will send weekly or daily job postings to make sure you don’t miss an opportunity that may be in line with your interests.

There are no right or wrong tools to use to conduct career exploration. There are tools and resources available to you everywhere! These are just a few of my favorite ones, but feel free to also check out some of the other tools Questrom and the UDC offer here!

By Trish Harper