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

A Letter to First-Generation Students From a Professor That Cares

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By Melissa Salva
Melissa Salva Director of Employer Engagement
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A Career Road Map for First-Generation Professional

First in your family to pursue a white-collar career? Find role models and a support system.

Yamu Cham was a budding businesswoman. But after high school, the Gambian immigrant had to …

By Pam Mathison
Pam Mathison Career Coach
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1st Generation College Student Beats COVID-19 Barriers to Stay in School

Her left leg bounced nervously as her right foot nudged the accelerator. She balled up her fist and pushed away a tear, clearing her vision of the road ahead.

Will they think I’m a failure? Will they lie to their friends …

By Pam Mathison
Pam Mathison Career Coach
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Lessons from a First-Generation College Student

By Johnnie Pope
Intern Program Manager, Discovery, Inc.

Life has a funny way of bringing things full circle. I am sitting here, writing this article, just a few days after receiving my MBA in Human Resource Management. While I am …

By Pam Mathison
Pam Mathison Career Coach
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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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