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Career resources for first-generation students


According to First-Generation Student Support at Virginia Tech, a student is identified as a first-generation college student if neither parent or guardian has earned a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

Virginia Tech has been designated as a First-Gen Forward institution by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation that highlights best practices, professional development opportunities, programs, services, and sources of engagement for first generation college students and practitioners who are commited to supporting them.


Generally when you schedule an advising appointment with Career and Professional Development, you will meet with an advisor who works with students in your college.

CPD advisors assist students with many career-related topics, including:

  • exploring career options
  • seeking experience, which can include:
    • volunteer work
    • part-time and summer jobs
    • co-ops and internships
    • undergraduate research opportunities
    • leadership/involvement in student and community organizations.
  • general resume/CV and cover letter reviews
  • job and internship search strategies
  • interviewing tips and techniques
  • a practice (also called "mock") interview
  • negotiating salary