First Generation

If you are one of the first to attend college in your family, you have reason to be proud.  We want to make sure you can make the most of your experience at Isenberg. Our coaches at the Office of Career Success are versed in helping orient you towards the many resources and opportunities available to you. As a first-generation college student, you have many unique strengths, qualities, and skills to help you on your career journey and move you towards career success! We want to help you articulate those skills and experiences in a way that can help you achieve your goals. The content and resources on this page will expand as new initiatives and opportunities become available. Log in and set your notification preferences to be notified when content for first-generation students becomes available.

First Generation

Combating Imposter Syndrome | You Are Who You Know Yourself to Be

Should I apply for this job?

Am I even qualified?

Will they call me back?

These are just some of the questions you may ask yourself when you start reviewing the “qualifications” section of a job listing you’re excited about. …

By Dr. Waajida L. Small - Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers | Helping you land, love, and grow in your social-impact career. And visit Idealist.org explore thousands of great jobs and social-impact organizations near you.
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2022 Internship Photo Contest

Will you be interning, volunteering, or working someplace cool this summer? Enter the 2022 Internship Photo Contest, sponsored by UMass Amherst Career Development & Professional Connections!

The deadline to submit your picture is Sept. 6th. Prizes for the top pictures …

By Melissa Salva
Melissa Salva Director of Employer Engagement
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Career Guidance for First-Generation Students

First-generation college students are learners from households where neither parent (or guardian) has obtained a Bachelor’s degree. In other words, they are the first ones in their immediate family to attend college.

These students forge their own paths ahead in …

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Finding jobs and internships as a first-generation grad

For first-generation college students, the entire college experience is completely new and uncharted. With no family to lean on for advice and support in terms of knowing the ins and outs of college life, it’s no wonder that a recent …

By Sean Kelly - College Recruiter
College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career. Each year, we help more than 3 million students and recent grads find part-time, seasonal, internship, and entry-level jobs requiring 0-3 years of experience.
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How first-generation college students should find internships and entry-level jobs

First-generation college and university students in the United States are defined as those whose parents did not attend college. According to Wikipedia, first-generation college students tend to be older, come from families with lower incomes, attend college part-time, live off-campus, …

By Steven Rothberg - College Recruiter
College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career. Each year, we help more than 3 million students and recent grads find part-time, seasonal, internship, and entry-level jobs requiring 0-3 years of experience.
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Featured Resources

Footnotes: A First Gen’s Personal Story of Her Life at UMass And Isenberg

Mariceli Mota graduated in December 2020 and began her career in Forensic accounting at EY.

Read her story about navigating …

Alumni Talk: Edward Gorbis, Career Meets World
Edward Gorbis: Chief Empowerment Advisor, Career Meets World

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