January news

Career Outfitters

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, Career and Professional Development is pleased to, once again, provide new and/or gently used business attire for our Virginia Tech students. Our mission is to not let any student be excluded from career events (interviews, career fairs, information sessions, or networking events) due to a lack of appropriate attire.

Please share with your student that Career Outfitters opens for a limited time at the beginning of February. In this two-day shopping event, your students may browse, try on, and select, at no charge, what they need to be confident in all their career-related events. Available attire includes jackets, pants, skirts, shirts, shoes, ties, and more!

Career Outfitters free shopping dates for students:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, February 2, 2017: 9:00 am – Noon
Location: Smith Career Center

For the most current information visit Career Outfitters on Facebook!
Questions? Please contact Ms. Becca Scott at 540-231-6241 or by email: bhscott@vt.edu

Top Five Reasons to Refer Your Student to Career and Professional Development and a Few Resources to Get Them Started.

5. They need to strengthen their interview skills.
- Interview Stream
- Mock Interview Program

4. They need career-related experience or are searching for permanent employment.
- Cooperative Education and Internship Program [CEIP]
- Job and internship search 
- Social and professional media
- Career fairs

3. They need to create a resume or cover letter.
- Resume guide
- Cover letters

2. They are questioning their choice of major.
- Choosing a major
- Virginia Tech Majors A-Z
- What VT grads do with their majors, first year after graduation
- Career Resource Library

And, the #1 reason to refer your student to Career and Professional Development:
We prepare students to succeed!
- Advising: appointments and walk-in.

December news

Our advisors have so enjoyed working with your students this fall semester! One of the most popular advising topics right now involves the choice of major or what they would like to do with the majors they have selected. You are the most important influence on your student’s career development! We hope the handout, “Career Coaching Your Student,” is helpful to you as you support your student's career journey.

Traitify, formerly Woofound, is a quick self-assessment that may assist your students as they begin to explore their  interests.

Another wonderful resource for career exploration is Candid Career.com. Students may access informational interviews featuring industry professionals, giving them the first-hand, inside scoop on careers.

Please encourage your students to schedule appointments with us as needed, to determine what resources and next steps will assist them in their decision making process.

Plan now for spring semester career fairs!

As the new year approaches, that means spring semester is just around the corner!  Please remind your students to take a look at the many career fairs offered during the spring and to mark the dates now on their calendars!

Students who have never attended a career fair may review these tips on successful preparation.

Winter break is the perfect time for students to create or fine tune their resumes. We are happy to critique their rough drafts via walk-in advising or a scheduled appointment.

The Career and Professional Development staff wishes you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons and we look forward to working with your students in the new year!

November news

Career and Professional Development offers a “Winter Break To-Do List”

Winter break is truly just around the corner, and after a period of well-deserved relaxation, here are some suggestions for your student to also be proactive while they are away from Virginia Tech.

  • Update their resume, or if they don’t have one, then use the time to create one.  Our Career Planning Guide is a great resource, and while copies are available for pick up in our office, it is also online.
  • Encourage your student to start looking for an internship or co-op position for the summer.     
  • Students may continue to explore what they wish to major in or research possible options with their major of choice.          
  • Is your student considering graduate or professional school?   Our website can help them get started with their research of the application process and to learn the resources available to them.
  • Is your student career ready?  Do they have the professional competencies they need for the world of work?  Now is the time to make a plan to develop these key competencies.
  • Does your student need interview attire as they prepare for job fairs and interviews for spring semester?  Winter break is a perfect time to go shopping, or perhaps this could be a holiday gift! 

Please encourage your student to visit the Smith Career Center for any of their career development needs.   

October news

Where grads are employed geographically
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Post-Graduation Survey and Report
Where do our Hokies go after graduation?

Who are their employers? How did they connect with them?
Where are they continuing education? What programs, degrees?
Who gave them advice? What do they wish they'd done differently?

Is your student exploring major or career options? Or perhaps in the midst of the job search process? The Post-Graduation Report is a wonderful resource for students to learn about their fellow Hokies’ pre-graduation experience and after-graduation status. The report is based on our annual survey of all B.A., B.S., and A.S. graduates; the survey stays open for six months past commencement.

In the full annual report you can choose to view by major, college or whole university, and that report includes students' sources of advice on planning for graduate school and learning job search skills; when graduates began their job search and the number of offers received.

We also provide detail reports that tell:

Access all annual reports and multi year summaries.

Career Planning Guide

Career Planning Guide

Please encourage your student to pick up a copy of our 2016-2017 Career Planning Guide if they have not already done so!  This comprehensive guide explains resume preparation, cover letters, other job search correspondence, interview preparation, planning for graduate or professional school and much more.  

More about the guide, and online version.

Course Request

Course Request will take place October 18-25, 2016. This often elicits student reflection on their choice of major, whether they are needing to select a major, or are now considering a program of study that may be a better fit.  We can assist them with their decision-making process and we offer assessments to explore their interests, skills, values, personality preferences, and strengths.  Students may call our main number at 540-231-6241 to schedule a career exploration appointment.  They can also get started with our information on exploring self, careers, and majors.

Annual fall etiquette dinner

Dining etiquette can be critical to career and job search success!  Students may join us for a fine dining and learning experience on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, to learn what to do with all those forks and spoons! See advance registration and complete details.