This blog post was written by Peer Career Ambassador, Vivian Hsieh ’20.
Most students at Babson are relatively familiar with Handshake, the platform that has thousands of job postings available for all class years. However, there is another resource that is incredibly helpful and should be utilized when you are preparing for your job or your internship. The tool is called CareerBeam. If you were not familiar with CareerBeam, keep reading this blog to learn more about accessing CareerBeam, taking the career interest assessments, and utilizing other resources that can help you from job searching to offer negotiations.
Access to CareerBeam
All current students have access to CareerBeam. To access it, visit the Babson Hub and scroll all the way to the bottom to find “Career Center”. The last item on the list will direct you to the external webpage of CareerBeam. Be sure to directly access CareerBeam through the Babson Hub so you can have your account activated and ready to use right away. There is no need to create a new account if you log on to CareerBeam through the Babson Hub.
Career Interest Assessments
Once you are on CareerBeam, you will be able to find many career assessments under the “Career Discovery” tab. These assessments help you better understand your values, your vision, your industry preference, and many other aspects of your career plan. If you do not have a field or interest in mind, these are a great way for you to start considering your future career goals and start taking actions. If you already know the field(s) that you would like to go into, these assessments can help you better understand your leadership style and see which companies within the industries are a great fit for you. Either way, it is best to understand yourself and have a clear goal in mind as you go through your career journey.
Other Helpful Tools on CareerBeam
Other than “Career Discovery”, there are many tools on CareerBeam that are also extremely helpful. These tools are broken down into “Career Planning”, “Getting the Job”, and “Research Tools”. Under “Career Planning”, there are many samples and templates of resumes and cover letters that many students have found to be helpful. These are also tips on how to create your personal brand pitch as well as manage your presence on social media such as LinkedIn or Facebook. Moving on, the “Getting the Job” section has a lot of information about getting ready for an interview, acing an interview, and following up after an interview. There is also information about offers and negotiations. Lastly, the “Research Tools” provides numerous databases and alumni directory that can help you find the right industry, right company, and the right position that you desire. These are all tools that can help you get closer to your ideal position, so you should definitely review and utilize them to your advantage.
Career development requires some time commitment, so we recommend for you start early and utilize all the tools offered to you (i.e. Handshake and CareerBeam!) Remember: the Career Advisers and Peer Career Ambassadors at CCD are always here to help, so make an appointment with us if you need further assistance throughout your career journey.