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Walk-in | grad students @ GLC

Topics | student prep

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Career advising in your major dept. Departmental Career Advisors [DCAs]

Specialty advising

Faculty/staff referrals to advising


Walk-in advising Fall semester 2014
* Please note we may refer you to an advising appointment for discussions that are too extensive for walk-in advising. This is to best serve you.
Where When For
Smith Career Center Mon-Fri | academic semester
Noon-3pm
[1-3pm on Nov. 24-25 during Thanksgiving break week]
All students
All career topics *
more info
Smith Career Center Wednesdays | Aug. 27 - Dec. 17
Noon-3pm
Health Professions Advising questions
Smith Career Center Resumania | Three Wednesdays:
Sep. 3, 10 & 17
10am-5pm
All students
Resume reviews
more info
Grad Life Center Wednesdays: Sep. 24 - Dec. 10
2-5pm
Graduate students
more info
Squires Multicultural Center Wednesdays: Sep. 24 - Nov. 19
3-5pm
All students
Cheatham or
Major Bill
Tuesdays: Sep. 2 - Dec. 9
1-3pm | location for each date
College of Natural Resources & Environment students
Hancock Atrium Wednesdays: Sep. 3 - Nov. 19
2-5:30pm | Hancock Hump Day flyer
College of Engineering students
Litton-Reaves
or Smyth
11 Tuesdays: Sep. 2 - Dec. 9
2-4pm | exact dates and locations
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences students
TBA Tentative:
Mondays: Sep. 15 - Dec. 8
2-5pm
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences students
Walk-in advising is not held on dates when the university is closed for holidays.

 

M-F walk-in advising at Career Services, Smith Career Center:

Academic semesters and terms:
Fall (+1 week prior) | Wintermester | Spring | Summer I/II
Noon-3:00 pm
BREAKS: Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, between semesters/terms. 1:00-3:00 pm
Virginia Tech academic calendars provide academic semester/term dates.
We sometimes CLOSE or CHANGE hours: please see office hours before you come in!
Traffic is very heavy before career fairs. Plan ahead. Last-minute visit at your own risk.
Topics & prep Topics can cover anything of concern to you related to career planning and preparation (see topics...) where you have questions with quick answers and/or need guidance on using our online and print resources.
For document reviews, please use our prep resources for the basics; we can help you the most, and help you fine-tune, if you prepare.
Resume guide
Cover letter guidelines
Reference list instructions
Career Planning Guide is free to students; pick up during office hours.
Hard copy for resume & other document reviews Bring a hard copy for reviews of documents including resumes, cover letters, and personal statements. If you have no access to a printer, ask at the reception desk when you check in about how to print a copy at Career Services.
Class assigment? If you are visiting for a class assignment, you should follow the same preparation as all other students.
Can I call? Yes, you may call in for questions. We might need to return your call if advisors are with students at the time you call.
Resume and other document reviews by phone need to be scheduled as phone appointments: schedule a phone appointment.
Wait time: First-come, first-served. You may find a longer wait before deadlines and career fairs; last-minute visits are at your own risk.
Time with advisor: At advisor discretion considering your topic, needs, your preparation, number of students waiting; generally 1-15 mins.
You are welcome to stay in our Career Resource Center to read and to edit your resume or other document on your laptop; however, when there are many students waiting advisors are not available to sit with you while you make your edits.
More / different time or help: If you want more in-depth help, more time, a set time, or a more private conversation, we welcome you to schedule an appointment. An advisor may recommend an appointment as well.

Resume reviews prior to a job/career fair:
- First, read and use our resume preparation guide and/or Career Planning Guide.
- Walk-in is to help you fine-tune and individualize. Use prep sources for basic how-to.
- Visit at least several days prior to your fair. Your fair might be one of three or four fairs occuring in the same week!
- Note our Resumania dates with extra hours for quick resume reviews.
- Please bring a hard copy of your resume.
- If you choose to wait until the last minute to visit, you might encounter a long wait, a very short time we can spend with you, and the possibility that not all students can be seen. We really want to assist you, so please visit early!

 

Walk-in advising for graduate students

Options:

1.

Graduate students may and do use M-F walk-in advising at Career Services.

2.

We also offer walk-in advising just for grad students at the Graduate Life Center
Where: GLC lobby, first floor: GLC floor plan map/directions
2014-2015:
- Wednesdays, 2:00-5:00 pm
- Fall semester 2014 dates: Sep. 24 - Dec. 10, 2014
   (not during Thanksgiving break; univ closes at noon Wed. 11/26/14)
- Spring semester 2015 dates: TBA
   (not during Spring Break Wed. 3/11/15)
- NOT held at GLC in summer; use summer walk-in advising at Career Services

If walk-in advising times do not work for your schedule, we are happy to assist you through a scheduled appointment.



Advising appointments, in person or by phone:

When: Academic year and summer (see office hours for dates we are closed).
Made in advance; no same-day appointments scheduled.
Typically 30 minutes, between 8:30 am - noon and 1:30 - 4:30 pm.
Mock (a.k.a. practice) interviews are scheduled for 60 minutes. See Practice interviews for complete details and how to schedule.
Where: In-person at Smith Career Center, or by phone for those unable to come in.
Topics: Topics can cover anything of concern to you related to career planning and preparation. See things we can (and can't!) help you with so you'll know what to do before your appointment, and the correct source to find help, just in case it's not us.
To schedule: During office hours call 231-6241 or stop by Smith Career Center.
We are not able to schedule appointments via email.
Need to cancel? Call us! Please give us (and other students) the courtesy of a phone call to our office so we can offer that time to other students and do other work. No-showing for appointments is viewed as highly discourteous and is rarely excusable. Let's be honest: It's not cool, and we know you wouldn't want someone to no-show on you either.

 

Specialty advising  |   Help we can (and can't!) provide you

 

Undecided / unsure about major; exploring career options for majors:

Before your appointment, take a look at exploring careers and majors. In your appointment we can work with you to determine what will best help you.

We cannot advise you on academic course requirements!

DO contact your academic advisor or the department offering the major for course advising.

Course selection when between majors:

If you are between majors and are confused about courses to take, you are welcome to seek advising through the University Academic Advising Center.

In Career Services, we can help you with the process of developing your career goals; but we are not authorized to advise you on specific courses to take to meet academic requirements.

Course requirements for a specific major and transferring into a major:

  1. Read that academic department's website.
  2. Find and read the checksheet for that major and any other sources of requirements.
  3. Read and follow any rules that department may have for transferring into the major.
  4. In accordance with those rules, schedule academic advising in that major department.

"What if" scenarios: Courses needed if in a different major:

In Hokie SPA order a "What-if DARS."
University Registrar: Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).
In the "What-if DARS," select the anticipated major, your anticipated graduation date and on the question of whether to use "planned courses," select "no."
Read the results very carefully (do not just skim) using the University Registrar's Organization of a DARS Report, and seek advising in the academic department housing the major in accordance with the policy of that department. Academic departments, by college.

Career advising by undergraduate major:

Departmental Career Advisors: Faculty and/or staff for and in your academic department for your undergraduate major. The CAREER ADVISOR in your major might be different from, or the same as, your ACADEMIC ADVISOR in your major! Get advice and guidance, and learn about careers related to your undergraduate major.

Looking for experience during college, such as internships or co-op positions:

Excellent! Read about ways to get experience, two of which are internships and co-op; but also note the many other ways. (Most VT grads obtained experience before graduation, but many wish they had gotten more!) In an appointment, we can help steer you to best sources to meet your goals, and help you make sure your goals are on track.

To enroll in Career Services' Undergraduate Cooperative Education & Internship Program (CEIP):

Read program requirements & eligibility. CEIP orientations are held several times each semester and are required for program participation. There are co-op & internship advisors by major in both Career Services and your academic major department and you may consult both.

Job search for post-graduation job:

Our job search guide gets you started on basics so your appointment time can be spent most effectively. In an appointment we can help you fine-tune your documents and job search strategies. Job search for graduate students covers the academic job search, industry job search, events, more.

On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) and Hokies4Hire:

See about OCI & H4H to learn how to use these services and get answers to frequently asked questions and sources of help. If you encounter a glitch or confusion in using H4H, please contact our employer relations staff at hireahokie@vt.edu; we do not want you to miss any opportunities!

Planning for graduate or professional school:

See planning for graduate and professional school; this will help you get started before your appointment, and make you aware of events for exploration, application and test practice & prep that you will want to use to the fullest. In an appointment we can help you fine-tune your documents and plans.

Pre-professional School Advising: Virginia Tech faculty and staff who advise on preparing for professional school admission, other web resources, events and student organizations.

Health professions | planning for graduate education for a health career:

Health Professions Advising [HPA] at Virginia Tech is located in Career Services and assists students and alumni planning for health professional careers requiring graduate or professional education. Information for advisees and information sessions and other events will help you prepare.

Federal jobs & internships advising:

By appointment at Career Services.

See federal job search process and resources for you.

International careers advising:

Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Mr. G. William (Bill) Anderson, has had an extensive international career, and has offered to Career Services to be an advising resource for students. Mr. Anderson continues to travel internationally for assignments; therefore contact him in advance to request a time that he could meet with you. You will find his contact information and link to his bio and CV on the UAP department faculty and staff list.

Alumni career and networking contacts:

Hokie Nation Network: Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Enables students and graduates to network for career information and job search.

 

Faculty and staff who wish to refer students to Career Services:

Thank you for your interest in developing your students's job search skills!
We look forward to working with you to assist your students and have them arrive prepared having used our resources in advance.
Please see:
- Referring classes or groups to Career Services and
- Student preparation needed for resume/cover letter critiques.
- Referring students for practice (mock) interviews.

If you are referring a class or group, please call in advance (231-6241) so we can collaborate on timing to best meet the needs of our students with existing resources. Without this, students often wait until a deadline, many visit in a short time, and we do not have the resources to see all of them. We look forward to your call in advance to work with your group!

For practice interview assignments for classes: Faculty and staff: please use interview Stream or call us to arrange when and how students can schedule in-person mock interviews.


Quick stats:

Advising traffic rept:
2013-2014:
Aug: 261
Sep: 1310
Oct: 880
Nov: 579
Dec: 453
Jan: 532
Feb: 613
Mar: 465
Apr: 562
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More specialty advising:

Career Services is part of a community of advising resources in the university, which includes:

Departmental Career Advisors: Faculty or staff for and in your undergraduate major department. Get advice and learn about careers related to your major.

Co-op & internship advisors by major: In both Career Services and your academic major department.

Pre-professional School Advisors: Virginia Tech faculty and staff who advise on preparing for professional school admission.

Health Professions Advising: The Office of Health Professions Advising (OHPA) at Virginia Tech assists students and alumni planning for health professional careers requiring graduate or professional education.

Federal jobs & internships advising

International careers advising

University Academic Advising Center: Offers academic advising to students who are undecided or between majors.

Writing Center at Virginia Tech: for all VT students and F/S. Appointments recommended.

Hokie Nation Network: Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Enables students and graduates to network for career information and job search.

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