What We Do

Career Collaborative teaches unemployed and under-employed adults with low-income jobs how to build careers that change lives and strengthen families. 


Career Collaborative works with young adults and adults in the Greater Boston area looking for quality jobs with benefits. We build a foundation for success with job readiness training and intensive support with job search and placement.

After job placement, we provide two years of post-hire career coaching that results in high rates of job retention and career advancement. Since 1998, Career Collaborative has helped over 2,500 individuals build careers that have changed lives and strengthened families. 


Our track record has attracted support from a broad range of philanthropists, business leaders, and others who want to make a difference. In 2018, Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, funded a $100,000 matching grant on behalf of Career Collaborative. In 2017, New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft made a $100,000 catalyst gift to fund the expansion of our programs to nights and weekends. Other longtime supporters include Bullhorn, Inc., State Street Bank, The Highland Street Foundation, and our generous private donors. 

At Career Collaborative, we don’t work with clients just so they can land a job. We work with them so they can build a career, support their families, and make lasting contributions to their communities.
— Susan Yule, President & CEO

Stories of Change

Making an impression

Not long after starting his Job Readiness class, Karim did a practice interview with a volunteer from DTI. He did so well in the interview that the volunteer invited him to apply for a position with the company. Karim followed through and is now working for DTI as an Office Services Clerk!

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Foot in the door

After earning her degree in biotechnology at Roxbury Community College, Renee came to Career Collaborative for assistance with her job search. After completing the Job Readiness class and joining the Job Club, Renee was offered a job with Addgene as an order processing assistant. Three months after taking the job, a research team that she supported published an article in the scientific journal SciMedCenter. One month after that, she was invited by the Research Manager to transfer to the research department, where her true passion lies.