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

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.

Diana Cleinmark

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

Resilient first-generation students who graduate with degrees report positive outcomes throughout their college-going years, and upon graduation, throughout their careers, according to Gallup-Poll research. As you approach graduation, continue to persevere as you search for your first job out of …

By Amy Adkins-Dwivedi - 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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Common Money Mistakes College Students Can Avoid

If you’re just entering college, then you’re probably about to start managing money on your own for the first time ever. Learning how to handle all of life’s little expenses involves a major learning curve that you should prepare for …

By Sarah Daren - Vault
Vault
A comprehensive resource for students and job seekers looking for career advice, job postings, company reviews from employees, and rankings of the best companies and industry employers.
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Four Methods of Combatting Imposter Syndrome

New jobs are rife with challenges—with all kinds of new vocabulary and work expectations to learn and bosses to impress, experiencing a bit of imposter syndrome is perfectly normal. For the uninitiated, imposter syndrome is a pattern of thinking where …

By Kaitlin McManus - Vault
Vault
A comprehensive resource for students and job seekers looking for career advice, job postings, company reviews from employees, and rankings of the best companies and industry employers.
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7 Tips For First-Generation College Students Navigating the Job Search

If you’re a first generation college student, you bring valuable skills, experiences, and most importantly, your personal story to any workplace! Learn how to highlight your experience as a first generation college student in the job search.

“It’s important to …

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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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