The University of Virginia is comprised of myriad peoples with majority and non-majority identifiers (traits, culture, physical attributes, ethnicity, race, beliefs, values, personality, etc.).  In traditional terms, many of us identify in various ways racially, ethnically, and culturally as well as individually. It is important to reflect on how your sense of identity influences your career development process.

The UVA Career Center is committed to supporting students from all backgrounds and is here to assist you in finding opportunities to explore careers, connect with professionals, and ask helpful questions to determine your best fit with an employer.

For Example, A Career Counselor Can Help You Answer:

  • Do I share my identity in the application process?
  • How can I access mentors in career fields of interest to me?
  • Are there particular employment opportunities and internships accessible to students with my specific background?

Tips for Researching Employers

  • Is there an employee interest group for staff with my shared identity?
  • What percentage of employees make up that identity group?
  • What percentage of those employees are executives/managers?
  • Review the anti-discrimination policies of the organization
  • Participate in employer information sessions, career fairs and campus recruiting and ask current staff for their perspectives

Check out the tailored advice to an assortment of demographics at UVA below and schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to learn more.