First Generation/Low Income

Information and resources for those who identify as First Generation / Low Income

From the article, Career Development Needs of First-Generation Students by Heather Maietta, for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), we understand that a selection of the common barriers students face includes:

  • can possess unrealistic career goals, or have career goals without understanding the aspirations associated with their decision
  • may be uncomfortable in a college environment
  • may have trouble navigating campus services
  • likely face acute financial pressures
  • could be more comfortable with professors and staff than peers, viewing faculty and staff as experts whose acceptance they crave, while being less focused on the social aspects of college
  • may be under the impression they should not ask questions
  • could have low self-efficacy
  • often experience feelings of not belonging/impostor syndrome

We hope to continue to add resources that might be helpful and if you find something valuable, please share it with us.

Tips for First Generation College Students

Navigating College as a First Gen

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6 types of employers most welcoming to college students who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, First Generation, Black and African American, Latino, Economically Disadvantaged, or Women

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Live Your Best Life and Not Your Best Lies

“Live your best life and not your best lies” is a quote which is shared in Lyric Swinton’s 5-minute TedX Talk where she shares her experience as a first-generation student. As you are going through your Duke experience and learning …

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Job Search for International Students

Many international students who are in the US for school and are pursuing a job search may be thinking about staying in the country post-graduation, returning home to work, or moving to another country. If you fall into either one …

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Scholarships & Grants

Career Readiness Resources

Careers on Air: First-Generation Students at Google

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