Career Services is located on the corner of Washington Street and West Campus Drive next to the Student Services building.
The building is officially the Smith Career Center.
Career Services offers more for upperclassmen than for incoming freshmen. The best uses are the free resume revisions it offers for students who want to make their resumes look more professional to get local or summer jobs. The staff can also discuss options for your major.
It is also the first place to start looking for internship opportunities that you will begin during sophomore and junior years.
Later during sophomore and junior years, you will utilize the Career Services office to set up internships or co-ops with companies.
There is also advising regarding graduate school and professional school.
Keep track through the Web site when career and internship fairs are coming to Tech and check what employers will be in attendance.
By the time senior year rolls around, the job search will begin and Career Services will offer its assistance in finding a job that fits your skills and pursuits. This can involve mock interviews.
It doesn't hurt to go to career fairs as a freshman. It's a good way to make contacts but don't be surprised if you are sort of ignored or asked to come back later by many of the employers who are looking for juniors and seniors to recruit.
It's worth giving a company a resume and keeping in touch with them. The representative may remember your name later.
Career Services can only help along the way but it is the responsibility of the student to actively pursue a job.
If you aren't looking for a job in Virginia, Career Services has a very limited capacity in assisting you elsewhere as most employers they bring to Tech are local or from Northern Virginia and neighboring states to Southwest Virginia.
The first week of school Career Services will host its Career Services Bonanza with free food and prizes. Its aim is to introduce students to its staff and where the building is.