First Generation

Are you the first person in your family to pursue a four-year college degree? By definition, a first-generation college student is a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college education and/or obtain a bachelor’s degree. However, we understand that identifying as first-generation is more complex than that. Some of the members of your immediate family or extended family may have pursued education in various forms; including certifications, trade schools, and associates degrees. Perhaps your parents received a degree from another country. No matter your circumstance, if you identify as a student who needs additional support in navigating your time in college, this is the best place for you.

Explaining the demands of college life to those within your household may be challenging. Meeting the expectations set by those proudest of you may also feel overwhelming. We are here to help.

The Career Development office knows that a college education can enhance career achievement, but only with the right resources and support. Hiring managers are seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds that willingly faced adversity and succeeded. Let us help you share your story.


Suggestions on ways to get involved with Career:

MVP Alumni Mentor Program

Job Shadow Program

Join a Career Community

Complete a career-interests assessment through DiscoverU

Schedule an appointment with your career advisor

Event Recap: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Networking Exchange

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Center for Career and Professional Development hosted “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Networking Exchange” on Tuesday, March 30th for students and alums to virtually engage with industry professionals from varied organizations to discuss new …

By Helen Boyke
Helen Boyke Director of Alumni, Veteran and Graduate Career Development
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Event Recap: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in The Workplace

The Center for Career and Professional Development hosted “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion In The Workplace” forum where alumni and company representatives gather for a meaningful conversation on the progress that has been made towards a more equitable work environment and …

By Helen Boyke
Helen Boyke Director of Alumni, Veteran and Graduate Career Development
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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.

students forge their own paths ahead in …

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(203) 371-7971

Linda E. McMahon Student Commons
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Center Hours

Monday 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday 8:30am-1:00pm