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First Generation

Career Launch Guide for First-Generation Students

Being the first in your family to go to college comes with unique challenges when navigating your career. This page provides tailored resources to help first-gen students successfully transition to the professional world.

The goal is to provide the career development tools first-gen students need to confidently launch into the professional world on equal footing with their peers.

Career Center Diversity Statement

The Wofford College Career Center is committed to providing an environment and programming that is welcoming to all students to ensure that every graduate has a professional skill set, the confidence to effectively manage their career, and a sense of empowerment to achieve lifelong success.  The knowledgeable staff at the Career Center celebrates and affirms all students as we support their individual journeys toward success.  As a team, we embrace and encourage open and honest dialogues with ourselves, colleagues, and students about making our work more inclusive.  We are committed to partnering with employers and graduate institutions that uphold the same ideals of inclusivity and we encourage those organizations to recruit and participate in Career Center events at Wofford College. We welcome the entire Wofford community to join and work with us as we grow and succeed together.

  • Key Staff Resources on Campus
    Dr. James Stukes – https://www.wofford.edu/academics/provost/student-success/wofford-firsts/faculty-and-staff
    Dr. Boyce Lawton – lawtonbm@wofford.edu – https://www.wofford.edu/academics/provost/student-success
    Dr. Tasha Smith-Tyus – smithtyusl@wofford.edu – https://www.wofford.edu/academics/career-center/staff
  • Key Campus Resources

    Wofford Firsts – https://www.wofford.edu/academics/provost/student-success/wofford-firstsOffice of Student Success – https://www.wofford.edu/academics/provost/student-success

    The Career Center – although this will be listed on the office’s webpage

    Wofford New Student Information – https://www.wofford.edu/new-student-information

    Wofford Support Services – https://www.wofford.edu/academics/support-services

    Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – https://www.wofford.edu/about/office-of-equity-diversity-and-inclusion

  • Professional Associations and other Resources

    Rise First – https://risefirst.org/Career Spring – https://careerspring.org/students/

    Association of American Medical Colleges – https://www.aamc.org/professional-development/affinity-groups/gea/first-generation-students

    FGL Med – https://www.fglimed.org/

How to get more out of your job search as a first-generation college graduate

Career Advice for Job Seekers

Being a first-generation college graduate is an incredible accomplishment that is nothing short of life-changing. For some first-gen college grads, their circumstances might be that their parents immigrated from other countries and weren’t able to …
By Tasha Smith Tyus
Tasha Smith Tyus Senior Director
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Being Yourself: Part I

By: Rob Porter

Published: Jun 03, 2022

Topics: Diversity

Whether you’re a student, a recent graduate, or a 40-plus-hour-a-week veteran, by now you’ve likely noticed how quickly our precious free time can slip away. When you’re caught in the constant …

By Tasha Smith Tyus
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Contact & Location


429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Career Center Staff Hours Career Center Office Hours - Studying
Monday 8:30am - 5:00pm 7:00am - 3:00am
Tuesday 8:30am - 5:00pm 7:00am - 3:00am
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm 7:00am - 3:00am
Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm 7:00am - 3:00am
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm 7:00am - 3:00am
Saturday   7:00am - 3:00am
Sunday   7:00am - 3:00am