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.

Location of appointments

Smith Career Center
Most appointments are in person.

When appropriate, appointments can be by phone or video (Zoom). If you believe you need a phone or Zoom appointment, please talk to us and explain; our reception staff will work to assist you.

Length of appointments

30 minutes for most appointments (including practice (mock) interviews).

Exception: 60 minutes for career-exploration follow-up (after initial 30-minute appointment).

Dates & times for appointments

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.

To schedule

Talk to our friendly staff:
Call 540-231-6241, or visit Smith Career Center during office hours.
Or schedule online on Handshake.

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.


If you must cancel your appointment, you must either call us 540-231-6241 or cancel online using Handshake.

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).

Please see more about no-showing and how employers view this.


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.

More about no-showing

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!

Who is my advisor?

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
- Business
- Natural Resources & Environment
- Science
- Ms. Leigh Anne Leist
- Dr. Jay Kyle

- Architecture & Urban Studies
- Engineering
- Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
- University Studies
- Ms. Claire Childress
- Ms. Heidi Gilbert
- Ms. Alyssa Rametta
- Mr. Jonathan Byers