- The majority of advising (57%) is for seeking experience. That's great because experience is essential for all aspects of career preparation, from exploration to getting a post-grad job. And the biggest regret of new grads (32%) is that they wished they had gotten more experience, even though 92% did get experience. So that makes a strong case to seek multiple types of experience throughout college.
- The second-ranking topic (16%) is exploring self, careers and majors. We would like to see this increase because the second-ranking regret of new grads (over 28%) is wishing they had learned more about career options and learned earlier.
We track our advising so that you can view the following:
- Undergrad main topics percentages.
- Our monthly traffic report, showing appointments only, walk-ins only, and both combined. You can see how our walk-in advising spikes in Sep. and Feb., and topics for the peak month.
- Undergrad advising by college, major, academic level, and main topic. View by semester or full year. Data for current semester through prior business day.
- Please note definitions and term dates.
Our walk-in advising spikes in September and February. This is largely driven by students seeking resume reviews prior to career fairs held in those months. We recommend that students plan ahead and avoid last-minute visits. Walk-in is first-come, first-served, and for 10 minutes. Appointments are limited in September so we can staff for the walk-in traffic — over 1200 students this September. We encourage you to visit us early in your college career so we can assist you with your overall career exploration and search strategy!
The majority of students who seek advising are seeking career-related experience during college. That's true all year. In 2016-2017, 57% of our advising contacts were for experience. That's good news because experience is crucial to several things:
- Career exploration — trying out your field in the real world.
- Developing professional competencies for workplace success.
- When you learn how to seek experience, you learn many skills and tools you'll need for seeking a post-graduation job.
92% of our graduates had career-related experience during college. Even so, ONE THIRD of our grads said they wish they'd had more! [Responses to the Post-Graduation Survey.] Experience covers a lot of bases: volunteering, part-time jobs, summer jobs, field studies, undergraduate research, unpaid internships, paid internships, cooperative education, and more. The types of experiences you'll want to seek will depend on your career field and goals.
The second-ranking topic was exploring self, careers, and majors, at 16% for 2016-2017. We encourage more students to take the time for career exploration (and not just choosing a major). The second-ranking regret of graduates (over 28%) is that they wished they had learned more about career options, and learned earlier.
- Full academic year = May 16 - May 15 [Published after end date.]
- Sum = May 16 - Aug 15
- Fall = Aug 16 - Dec. 15
- Spr = Dec. 16 - May 15
- [During a current summer, fall, or spring term, data updated daily to include prior business day.]
Source for enrollment and major abbreviations:
Enrollment numbers are for fall on the university's Census Date for enrollment, and are from the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness [headcount by college and major].
Fall Census Date enrollment is shown to give context to advising numbers.
How far back are data available?
Within data table view, you can opt to view prior terms. If you are a Virginia Tech faculty or staff member, and have need for a different date range view, please call Catherine Copeland, 540-231-6241.
Type of advising:
Advising data includes appointments and walk-ins, plus a small quantity of phone and email advising.
- Contacts = number of total advising contacts with students.
- Individual = number of individual students with whom we had advising contacts.
- Topic C-M Expl. = career-major exploration.
- Topic Experience = seeking experience during college (any type, including internship, co-op).
- Topic Post-grad employ. = seeking post-graduation employment.
- Topic Cont. educ. = planning for pursuing another degree after the current degree.
- Topic HPA = planning for a health profession requiring a degree beyond the bachelor's degree.
We advise all students at Virginia Tech, first-year through graduate level. The majority of graduate students who seek our advising are seeking experience or post-graduation employment.