First-Generation Student Toolkit


Here is a list of first-generation staff and faculty that you can reach out to for support.

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How to Complete the FASFA as a First-Generation College Student

First Generation Grants and Scholarships

Paying for College as a First-Generation Student


College Terms You Need to Know

How to Read a Syllabus (3:06)


Career Services

Unsure of how to prepare for your professional life? You're not alone - Career Services is here to help! Career Advising appointments are unlimited, open to all majors, and tailored to each student.

Career Advisor professionals are here to offer support on a variety of professional development topics: career exploration, internship and job searches, developing your professional story in application materials, graduate school applications, and much more!

Fun fact: Career Services has your back, even after graduation - alumni have unlimited appointments for life.

Schedule an appointment on TritonTrack.

Professional Development

Internships and job shadowing (observing a professional as they work to gain insight into the position) are great ways to gain field experience. You can add those experiences to your resume, making you a more marketable and competitive candidate when searching for your first post-graduation job!

Connecting Major to Career

What Can I Do With This Major is resource you can utilize to learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is maintained by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections and is a great tool to research occupation groups, conduct keyword searches and much more. A description is provided with each occupation, along with educational requirements, salaries, job outlook, and similar occupations to consider.

The Strong Interest Inventory & Assessment is one of the world's most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It helps match your interests with possible career options. This is free for Eckerd students and alumni. See a sample report. Contact to receive a personalized link to take the Strong.


It's never to early to start building your network! For networking strategies and LinkedIn tips click here.

Want to connect with Eckerd alumni in your field? Check out Career Mentors, a program that pairs current students and recent graduates with alumni who provide guidance in the transition from academia to the world of work. Want to start connecting with Eckerd alumni now? Check out Career Contacts.