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Three Tips: First Gen Students

Happy Spring Break, Catholic University Community! Every day this week we’re sharing three career tips for the diverse student populations in our campus community. Today’s tips are for first-generation college students:

1 – As a first-generation college student, do you have a story or two that highlights your grit, conflict resolution skills, or ability to deal with ambiguity? More than likely you do. Be willing to share these stories with employers and how the insight you gained about yourself relates to the opportunity you’re interested in. Not only will these stories help them understand you can do the job, these stories help you stand out from the competition.

2 – Being the first in your family to graduate from college and perhaps transitioning into a professional career may bring up mix feelings of accomplishment, self-doubt, optimism, guilt, or isolation. Take advantage of campus resources like Reach, Inspire, Succeed, Empower (R.I.S.E.) so you don’t have to do this alone. Remember, asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It signals you’re smart enough to know you’re not perfect.

3 – Advancing your career is never done alone. Since you may not have a strong network of professional advocates, there is no better time to build one than the present. Perhaps challenge yourself to connect with at least two alumni a semester who can support your career goals. Every new contact can become a resource to provide guidance, role models, access, and source of motivation to help you land your next opportunity. Who knows, you may even find a way to help them too!

Want to have a conversation about these tips, resources, or other support? Connect with us – we’d love to help you.

-Su

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