Advising appointments with Career and Professional Development
Career & Professional Development (CPD) provides career-related advising to all Virginia Tech students, all majors, all academic levels from first-year undergraduate through graduate level.
Advising appointments are held in Smith Career Center.
Business hours: usually M-F, 8am-5pm. See office hours for changes/closings.
If office hours don't work for you, please talk to us; our reception staff will work to assist you.
Fall semester first four weeks: Appointments limited due to extended drop-in advising hours. Do talk to us, and we'll work with you on how to best assist you.
Students interested in graduate programs for health professions, see Health Professions Advising.
Appointments are not scheduled via email.
Same-day appointments are not scheduled. You may seek 10-minute drop-in advising for brief assistance.
Please don't schedule casually and cancel at the last minute. An appointment is time given to and held for you, and therefore is not available to another student who might really need assistance. Thank you for respecting your commitment.
No-showing for an appointment is highly discourteous. This is only excusable in the case of a true emergency (not changing your mind, or forgetting).
Career advising topics can include exploration of self, careers, and majors, seeking experience during college, developing professionalism skills for success in the workplace, seeking post-graduation employment, and planning for graduate or professional school.
If you are uncertain if we can assist you with your topic of concern, please talk to us! Our staff will help determine if you should meet with us or consult another office on campus.
Employers view students who no-show for appointments and interviews as unprofessional and unhireable. We want you to put your best self forward as you apply for jobs, internships, and graduate school. Employers and admissions staff expect professional, responsible conduct, and if we did not tell you that, we would be remiss in our duty to advise you. If anyone tells you it's okay to no-show, that person is not giving you sound advice. And if you have had the experience of having someone no-show on you, you understand. Do make a practice of being well-organized and plan for delays so you establish habits to be a reliable person who keeps your commitments!
For appointments with CPD in Smith Career Center, you will usually see an advisor who works with students in your college.
Effective July 1, 2019, advisors for colleges are:
- Agriculture & Life Sciences
- Natural Resources & Environment
- Ms. Leigh Anne Leist
- Dr. Jay Kyle
- Architecture & Urban Studies
- Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
- University Studies
- Ms. Claire Childress
- Ms. Heidi Gilbert
- Ms. Alyssa Rametta
- Mr. Jonathan Byers