Advising appointments with Career and Professional Development

March 12, 2020, NOTICE:

In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, we are making adjustments to our services. WE WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER ADVISING APPOINTMENTS, BUT NOT IN PERSON; these will be CONDUCTED BY PHONE OR ZOOM.

Follow the scheduling link below; details will be provided in the appointment scheduling tool in Handshake.


Who we advise:
Career & Professional Development (CPD) provides career-related advising appointments to Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students
 whose programs are based in Blacksburg and Roanoke. 

Location of appointments

March 12, 2020, NOTICE:
In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, we are making adjustments to our services. Advising appointments are now conducted by phone or zoom
(not in person).

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. Same-day appointments are not scheduled.

If you have a pressing question, or office hours don't work for you, please talk to us; our reception staff will work to assist you.

To schedule by phone

Talk to our friendly staff:
Call 540-231-6241 during office hours.
[Or schedule online on Handshake.]
Appointments are not scheduled via email.

Students interested in health profession graduate programs, see Health Professions Advising.


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 needs assistance. Thank you for respecting your commitment.


No-showing for an appointment is highly discourteous, and this applies to appointments held by phone or zoom. 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 talk 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; if we did not tell you that, we would be remiss in our duty to advise you. If someone tells you it's okay to no-show, that person is not giving you good advice. You know this if you have had someone no-show on you. Practice being well-organized and plan for delays so you establish habits to be a reliable person who keeps your commitments!

Do I talk with a specific advisor?

For advising appointments with a CPD advisor, you will usually talk with an advisor who works with students in your college. We also have advisors who work as liaisons to various campus populations. When you schedule in Handshake, you'll be directed to schedule with an appropriate advisor.