Through individualized advising, programs and online resources, we strive to help students make informed and intentional career decisions. Our role is to function as an educational entity, rather than as an employment agency. We offer a number of different services to teach students to reflect on their skills and interests, develop job-search competence and become focused professionals with long-term career goals.
Career advising and assessment
We know that your student’s time at VCU will be one of excitement and personal growth. Our role in that process is to help your student define and achieve their career objectives. Our career advisers serve all undergraduate, graduate and first-professional students through individualized career assessment, planning and education. The Schools of Business and Engineering have specialized career centers available, however, students in those schools may utilize our services as well. All of our services are free to VCU students.
Each of our advisers is trained to address a variety of concerns including:
- exploring majors and careers
- locating a part-time or Federal Work-Study job or an internship
- creating a resume, cover letter or personal statement
- preparing for a job or graduate school interview
- weighing continuing education options
- conducting an effective job search
We utilize an industry-focused model for career advising. Each adviser has expertise in major industry areas including; the arts, design, communications, media, education, human service, healthcare, government, public service and STEM fields.
Our advisers offer several career assessments to help students connect their strengths and personality to potential career paths. Students should make an appointment with an adviser to discuss taking an assessment.
Career advisers and student career ambassadors offer assistance without an appointment during our Drop-in hours. Drop-in advising allows students to get assistance with a resume, cover letter, personal statement or receive answers to basic questions about their career options. If your student is reluctant about visiting our office, encourage them to visit us during Drop-Ins to learn more about our services. A drop-in visit is often the first step for students in developing their career plan.
Drop-in advising is offered every Monday through Friday from 11 am until 3 pm.
Every VCU student has access to Handshake, the university’s career development portal. With their personal account, students can search and apply for jobs, create a resume, make a career advising appointment or view a list of upcoming career events.
Students log in to their Handshake account through the VCU Single Sign-On using their VCU eID and password.
Programs and career fairs
VCU Career Services hosts more than 100 workshops and programs during each academic year. Programs and workshops offer students the opportunity to develop core career skills and network with employers about internship or career opportunities.
A complete list of programs is available through your student’s Handshake account.
VCU hosts 14 career fairs each calendar year. Each fair is connected to a specific industry area. Fairs are open to all students and alumni regardless of major or course of study. We encourage students to attend multiple career fairs as a way to explore potential career paths.
Job and internship search assistance
Our office’s purpose is to provide your student with the knowledge and skills to become effective job seekers and to prepare them for success at every stage of their career. We offer many programs and services to help your student develop smart skills throughout the job search lifecycle. Encourage your student to make a career advising appointment.
As career advisers, we strongly encourage your student to get involved in as many experiential and leadership opportunities as are feasible. VCU offers numerous avenues for students to access those opportunities
- CareerTreks—CareerTreks are free career exploration “field trips” open to all VCU students.
- Living learning communities—VCU offers several housing options that immerse students in leadership, global education, community service, or innovation.
- Study abroad—The VCU Global Education Office has information on various VCU sponsored study abroad programs.
- Internships—Your student’s career adviser can assist with an internship search.
- Volunteering—The VCU Student Leadership and Involvement Center can connect your student to volunteer opportunities in the Richmond area.
- Research—The VCU Office of Research and Innovation offers many programs to allow your student to engage in research as an undergrad.
- Student organizations—With more than 500 student organizations on campus, there is something for every student's passion or interest. Learn more about student organizations through RamsConnect.
Suit Yourself and LinkedIn Photos
Our office provides two unique services at no cost to VCU students. Students can take advantage of these services during our Drop-in hours, Monday through Friday from 11 am until 3 pm.
- Suit yourself—Students who need professional clothing for an upcoming interview or career fair may shop our Suit Yourself Closet once a semester to select a complete ensemble from items donated by local businesses. Both men’s and women’s clothing is offered in a variety of sizes. Students may keep the clothing for future use.
- LinkedIn photos—Students who need a headshot for their LinkedIn profile can visit our office to have a photo taken at our LinkedIn photo wall, which features a professional quality photo back drop.