How can I make the most out of Career Day 2023?

FAQ for students

The School of Architecture and the School of Design will be hosting Career Day 2023 at the Virginia Tech Inn 10 am – 4 pm on February 27th.

The School of Architecture and the School of Design will be hosting Career Day 2023 at the Virginia Tech Inn 10 am – 4 pm on February 27th.

What can I expect from the event?

All students interested in pursuing careers in any design-related fields are encouraged to attend. This year there will be companies who represent various aspects of design, not limited to architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and industrial design, but also including stage design, museum curation, furniture design, etc.

All companies attending will have a booth set up where students can talk to representatives from the company to learn more about what fields the company specializes in and what a potential career at that company would look like.

Students should bring their resume/CV along with a work sample to show the company representatives. This will allow the companies to learn more about student backgrounds.

How can i prepare for the event?

Before Career Day, you have the opportunity to attend multiple workshops focused on preparing resumes, LinkedIn profiles, portfolios, and elevator pitches.

Make an appointment at VT Career and Professional Development for additional help. You have the option to schedule a 15-minute mini-appointment or a longer 30-60 minute appointment with an advisor.

Representatives from VT Career and Professional Development will have a booth and be present throughout the day to help students with elevator pitches, prepping for interviews, and confidence. If you are feeling a bit nervous, visit their booth and talk with a CPD representative.

Reach out to your academic advisors, studio faculty, and professionals at the AIAS workshop for a review of your resume and portfolio.

AIAS Portfolio Review hosted by AIAS Virginia Tech, December 2nd, 2022 (more details will be made available soon)

“Blueprint for Success” Workshop Series will be hosted by A+D and Career and Professional Development in February (more details will be made available soon)

More resources for students:

Do I need a resume and portfolio?

Yes! Please be prepared to highlight your skills and experiences to company representatives. If you have not created a resume or want to edit your resume, please attend our Resume Workshop on November 10th. For your portfolio, attend the AIAS Portfolio Review – TBD. Make sure to upload both to your profile on Handshake a few weeks before the event so firms can find you in advance!

Will the companies be hiring?

Some companies have staffing needs and are seeking hires. Some companies are also participating to meet and connect with students. Each exchange is important, as some connections made this year can result in a hire/partnership in the future.

What is the deadline to sign up?

For students, registration will open in early December, and close Feb. 20th.

What are some of the resources for after career day?