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Graduate student career development and job search

Career and Professional Development recognizes that graduate students have diverse career interests and goals. We encourage you to seek our advising, support, and resources, and let us help you meet your individual needs.

Career advising for graduate students

Your appointment could be with an advisor who works with your college, or the liaison to the Graduate School, or the advisor for the Washington, D.C., metro area campuses.

Career workshops for graduate students

CPD offers workshops specifically for graduate student topics in the job search. CPD partners with the Graduate School to offer A2i for doctoral students.

Academic job search for graduate students

As a graduate student, this process spans your graduate experience from preparing yourself as a professional to the logistics of your job search. 

Non-academic job search for graduate students

Many elements of your industry and goverment job search are the same as for undergraduate students, but employer expectations are higher.


Very limited drop-in career advising is available for graduate students at the Graduate Life Center (GLC), on the Blacksburg campus:

  • Summer 2022, starting June 1.
  • Wednesdays, 1-4 pm.
  • In-person.
  • GLC 2nd floor; graduate student services suite.
  • First-come, first-served.
  • Contact for drop-in career advising at the GLC is Alyssa Rametta;

If you would like a guaranteed time, more options on days M-F, and/or virtual advising, please schedule an advising appointment.

There is NO drop-in advising at Smith Career Center; all advising at Smith Career Center is by appointment.

Contacts for questions:

Ms. Alyssa Rametta
Assistant Director
Liaison to the Graduate School
Career and Professional Development
Smith Career Center, Blacksburg campus

Ms. Kerry Spitze
Career Advisor (Remote) for Greater Washington, D.C., metro area campuses
Career and Professional Development