How can I make the most out of Career Day 2022?
I am a company representative, why should I attend?
Over 1200 of the most creative and academically gifted students make up the School of Architecture + Design. Each of our four programs in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Industrial Design have been ranked among the best in the country by Design Intelligence.
For those with staffing needs in 2022, our students, who are on their way to obtaining professionally accredited degrees will attend Career Day with their resumes and portfolios.
For those who do not currently need new hires in 2022, our Career Day is still an important opportunity to meet and connect with students that you might want to hire in the future.
Our Career Day is a key source of funding to ensure that we continue to feed the profession with top-quality graduates.
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 students 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:
- Career Outfitters
- LinkedIn Profile Tips for College Students & Recent Graduates
- LinkedIn Profile for College Students
- VT Career and Professional Development: Career Q&A Today – Episode 4
- Check out books available through VT Career and Professional Development
- VT Workshops and Presentations
How can employers prepare for the event?
What employers will be there?
View the latest list of participating companies and visit their “career” or related webpages.
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 TBD. For your portfolio, attend the AIAS Portfolio Review on TBD.
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 companies, please sign up by January 28th, 2022
- For students, please sign up by February 11th, 2022
What are some of the resources for after career day?
- Interview follow-up & thank you notes
- Interview questions employers & candidates can ask
- STAR method for behavioral interview questions
- Group interview
- Career Day and Professional Development Further Resources: Job Search
- Check out more jobs + internships on Handshake
(Note: All photos that appear on this webpage were taken prior to COVID-19)