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Requesting presentations

Requesting presentations by Career & Professional Development [CPD]

In accordance with the Virginia Tech plan for fall semester and COVID-19, we are accepting requests for presentations to be done via Zoom, live or pre-recorded. After you complete the presentation request form, and if an advisor is able to accept the request, you and the advisor can discuss the optimal method to use.

  • VT faculty and staff
  • VT student organization representatives.

Presentation length can be flexible, from 15 minutes to an hour.

Please make your presentation request at least two weeks in advance. Sometimes we are able to accommodate short-term requests, sometimes we're not. Please note we are heavily booked early in the semester and prior to job fairs.

In addition to basic request info such as date(s), start and end times, the request form asks for information on the size and composition of your group — such as whether undergraduate or graduate level students, academic class levels of undergraduates, majors, etc.

If you have a working relationship with a member of our staff, feel free to reach out to that person directly to discuss your request. You will still need to complete the request form, and if your contact person has already consented to cover the presentation, you'll simply indicate that in the text box after "is this request... already... scheduled?" Say "yes" and give the advisor's name.

The request form lets you select a primary and secondary topic.
Topics include:

  • Backpack to briefcase
  • Career decision-making
  • Career exploration
  • Career fair prep
  • Cooperative Education & Internship Program
  • Dining etiquette
  • Federal job search
  • First year experience
  • Health professions advising (multiple topics)
  • Internships (and summer jobs)
  • Interviewing
  • Job search
  • Mentorships / Hokie Mentorship Connect Program
  • Networking
  • Non-academic careers for graduate students
  • On-Campus Interviewing program
  • Overview of CPD services
  • Resume writing
  • Salary information and negotiation

If an advisor can accommodate your request, you will receive an email with the advisor's name and email address, asking you to contact the advisor to confirm details about the presentation.

If we are not able to accommodate your request, please consider referring students to presentations held during the semester, listed on our events calendar. We typically offer multiple sessions on resume writing, LinkedIn lab, career fair prep, job & internship search, intro to the co-op & internship program, and intro to health professions advising, and many other specialty career interest topics. All sessions will be virtual in fall semester 2020.

AAUW StartSmart salary negotiation for students:
Collaboration between the American Association of University Women (AAW) and the WAGE Project. These workshops are three-hour, nuts-and-bolts trainings, designed to help college women obtain fair and realistic first salaries.
Complete information and request form on the Women's Center website.