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For Hokie families

Greetings to Hokie families. Thank you for being a partner with Career and Professional Development to promote the career development of your Virginia Tech students. We are here for VT students throughout all their college years.

Resources for families

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PARENT AND FAMILY ENEWS
Current topics about college students and careers.

HELPING YOUR STUDENT
Ways to support your student on the career journey.

Resources for students

ADVISING APPOINTMENTS
Advising for students is available all year.

MENTORING
Students connect with alumni volunteers.

MAJORS + CAREERS + SELF
Explore self, majors, and related careers.

INTERNSHIP AND JOB SEARCH
Find positions and learn search skills.

WHAT EMPLOYERS SEEK
Professional competencies for all career fields.

BEYOND BACHELOR'S
Pre-health, pre-law, pre-education, and other careers.

Key resources to support and help your student:

Tips for helping your student with career related questions:

As a family member, you are a significant influence on your student’s career development. To support your student, you can foster openness, facilitate exploration and development, and encourage self-awareness in relation to career planning.

Career decisions can feel overwhelming, whether choosing a major, searching for an internship, or figuring out next steps after graduation. Encourage your student to break big goals into smaller, more manageable steps while connecting with our career advisors and other campus contacts for support. For example, they can set a goal of learning what resources we have available to help them find opportunities.

Resources for Hokie family members

Career coaching your student (pdf) is a checklist to reflect on how you can best interact in career-related conversations with your student.

Ultimately, students will be most committed to decisions they make for themselves. Encourage your students to share the information and thought processes they have used in making their decisions.

Stay up-to-date on trends and advice with our eNews for families.

Resources to share with your students:

Use the Career Planning Guide to help your student navigate resumes, cover letters, job and internship search, interviewing, career fairs, and more.

Depending on where your student is in their career journey, share relevant resources linked on this page.

Encourage your student to schedule a career advising appointment any time they need assistance with career planning and preparation. Career advisors can meet with your student year-round including breaks and summer. Zoom and phone appointments are available in addition to in-person appointments.