Careers at Virginia Tech

Career Advisor

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: Executive VP & Provost
Department: Career and Prof Develop - Auxiliary
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Academic Advising / Support, Other, Student Affairs / Services

Job Description

Career and Professional Development (CPD) is a centralized office of 31 staff dedicated to educating and supporting students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success, and launch post-graduation career plans, including graduate/professional school and employment.

This part-time/short-term Career Advisor position is responsible for advising and making presentations to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent alumni. The Career Advisor may assist with projects, including activities related to advancing Career and Professional Development’s strategic plan. The successful candidate will have exceptional organization skills and attention to detail; and strong interpersonal, communication, and team skills.

The Career Advisor reports to the Associate Director for Career Development and College Relations and works with other members of the Career Development and College Relations Team to advise students and assist with special projects. This position is a part-time/short-term, wage position which does not include benefits

Key Responsibilities
•Work with a diverse student population to provide one-on-one advising (in person, by phone, through Zoom, etc.) to students in all majors, on topics such as selecting an academic major; choosing a career direction; developing a job search plan; interviewing (including conducting mock interviews); career-related experience (internships/co-op); writing effective resumes and cover letters; and researching companies and graduate schools.
•Develop and deliver presentations, workshops, and programs.
•Manage or assist with projects.

Required Qualifications

•Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Counseling, or related field.
•Professional and demonstrated career advising experience.
•Experience managing and taking initiative with projects.
•Demonstrated intercultural and diversity appreciation.
•Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

•Experience providing career advising/coaching within a college/university setting.
•Experience with students and/or professionals in fields related to liberal arts, science, and/or engineering.
•Familiarity with relevant career development theories such as: Holland, Happenstance, and Chaos Theory of Careers.
•Knowledge of personality theory.
•Experience with a variety of vendor products for the career services field such as Handshake, CareerShift, Candid Career, InterviewStream, and GoinGlobal.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lisha Farrier at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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