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First Generation

Saints Ready, our virtual career center, offers information you may find valuable. This is a proud moment, to be the first in your family to attend college.
We want to make sure you make the most of your experience.

First generation students benefit from a supportive, connected community through which mentorship, resources, and opportunities are shared. It is common to start classes without knowing the institutional language and processes to access the resources and services you need for success. Please come to our campus events and schedule to see us at any stage of your career & life planning. We are here to help!

Networking is an amazing way to build social capital, the connections/intangible resources (who you know) that help you get hired. You can network using:

  • social media, like LinkedIn
  • reaching out to alumni
  • doing service learning/internships/projects with faculty
  • as well as going to Job & Internship Fairs on campus.

Here are some additional online resources to check out in addition to meeting with our team:

America Needs YouAn organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation students by providing mentorship and career development. 
FirstGen FellowsA ten-week summer fellowship program for first-generation students who have an interest in social justice. 
I’m FirstA resource that supports and informs first-generation students and their families while starting and navigating college. 
The Struggle to be FirstAn article written by and about first-generation college students from UC Berkeley about the difficulties of being the first in their families to go to college. 
Council on Legal Education OpportunityA non-profit organization working to expand opportunities for first-generation, minority and low-income students to go to law school.

Advice from one first-generation college student to others who are seeking internships and entry-level jobs

We recently shared some advice for first-generation college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs. I was thrilled to then hear from one who had some really, really good advice for other first-generation students.

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How mentors help first-generation college students get a job and succeed in professional career growth

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Essential Social Skills You Need to Advance Your Career

Having the right social skills is key to succeeding in both remote and in-person office environments. Below are the six most important social skills you’ll need to continue to advance your career.

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Deciding what to do after school and how to prepare for life after college can be stressful and time-consuming. But it doesn't have to be. If you follow the below seven stress-free tips, you'll be well prepared for the next …

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Contact & Location

Phone
360-688-2835
Address

Administrative Office:
Center for Career and Calling: Old Main 257
Internship Navigators:
Internship Hub: Harned Hall 113
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Daily Drop-in Appointment Only (via Zoom)
Monday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm 4:00 - 7:00 pm