Career Advising

We want you to love your job as much as we love ours. And we really love our jobs. We encourage you to visit VCU Career Services in the University Student Commons as soon as you arrive at VCU.

As a VCU student, you have access to a variety of career resources including individual career advising, events, job search resources and guides and full- and part-time job listings posted specifically for VCU talent to help you navigate every step of your personal career and professional development.

Not sure where to start? Explore our career development cycle or make an appointment with a career advisor.

Discover

What do you want to be?

A key to charting a successful future is to fully invest in and contribute to your career goals. The first stage is to discover you. Start by exploring your interests, skills, abilities and values to see how they could relate to your potential career.

Ways to discover
Questions to ask yourself

Reflect

Why do you want to be a …?

Context is key. It is important to gather information first to discover potential career paths. However, in order to be successful, you can’t discover in a vacuum. You must reflect on what you have gathered to see how your career choices will fit within the context of family pressure, economic changes, and industry shifts, as well as your personal aspirations.

Ways to reflect
Questions to ask yourself

Focus

You are unique. No one like you exists. How will you show the audience why you are a better investment than your competitors — other graduates and job seekers? Developing your own personal brand allows you to showcase your talents, skills and abilities to a potential employer.

Think about your life as a consumer. What brands catch your attention? What are they known for? Employers and graduate programs are looking for that same brand identity from you.

Ways to create your personal brand
Questions to ask yourself

Connect

Apply what you’ve learned

If you are in a new job or internship, you have committed your skills and work to a new organization, its mission and goals. Use this opportunity to discover new areas to enrich your talents and experiences. Now is the time to set up new goals to further your professional experiences and career path.

Questions to ask yourself
Connection exercises

Enrich

What’s next?

The opportunity to enrich your career does not end once you graduate from college or land an internship or full-time job. Career enrichment is a lifelong phase requiring continuous reflection, evaluation and action. Enrichment means keeping up with current trends in your industry and building the skills needed to remain relevant throughout your career.

When you get a new job or internship
Ways to enrich your career
Questions to ask yourself