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Lobby of Smith Career Center where students arrived for Career Outfitters
Hundreds of Hokies suited up at the January 2020 Career Outfitters event

Future Career Outfitters event unknown at this time

  • In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, and for health and safety of all our community, Career and Professional Development is not holding in-person events. All our services are currently by phone, email, and Zoom.
  • We do not know when it will be safe in the future to hold our next Career Outfitters event. It has been a large event with a great deal of in-person contact, and of course that is not possible now. Let's all work together toward creating a safe future.
  • In the meantime, employers do understand the world in which we all live. If you have an upcoming video meeting with an employer, and you don't feel that you have the appropriate attire, do the best you can; employers will understand. If you have questions, we are very glad to assist you through advising.

Donations suspended until further notice

  • In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, and for health and safety of all our community, Career and Professional Development is not holding in-person events. All our services are currently by phone, email, and Zoom.
  • We do regret this means we are not able to accept donations for Career Outfitters until further notice. We are grateful to the community for the many donations we have received for our program.
  • We look forward to a future that will be safe for all, based on practices to support our community's safety now.
  • You can also stay updated at Career Outfitters on Facebook.

Last year's event: We provided free professional attire for students

  • Career Outfitters was a one-day event for Virginia Tech students to shop for FREE professional attire that had been donated by community members, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • All Virginia Tech students were welcome. No appointment was needed; admission was first-come, first-served.
  • SPRING 2020 shopping event was Fri. Jan. 31, 2020, 10am-3pm, at Smith Career Center.
  • View Career Outfitters January 2020 event on Handshake.

History note:

2019-2020 was our seventh academic year of offering free professional attire to students through Career Outfitters. This program launched in 2013, beginning with several months of collecting donated items for students. Starting in 2013-2014, we held the Career Outfitters shopping event once each academic year. (We had one exception in 2018-2019 when we held shopping dates in both Aug. 2018 and Feb. 2019). For the 2019-2020 academic year, we held the event in early spring semester, on January 31, 2020. Thanks to all who have donated, and thanks to many student and university employee volunteers, we have given away thousands of clothing items to Virginia Tech students.

Roanoke Times feature on the 2017 event.