First Generation Students

The Hiatt Career Center recognizes that first-generation students bring a breadth of experience, knowledge, and skills including initiative, persistence, focus, motivation, self-awareness, resilience, responsibility, independence, resourcefulness, risk-taking, and problem-solving. We are here to support your successful college experience.

Career Help

As the first member of your family to attend college, your experience at Brandeis may include challenges that are different than other students.  

While at Brandeis, we encourage you to:


General Resources



Answers to Common Questions

What is an internship?

Internships are a common way that students get experience outside of the classroom. While many internships are paid, it is not uncommon to find unpaid internships. Brandeis has multiple funding sources that might help if you choose to take on an unpaid opportunity in the summer.

Learn more about internships.

How to pick a major?

Your major is the subject area which you will study in depth in order to develop expertise and critical thinking skills. You have to complete one major to graduate, and while some students might double major (pick more than one) it’s not necessary.

Some students come to school knowing what they are interested in studying and some students are still exploring. There is no one way to go about picking a major. Start by reviewing the list of majors offered at Brandeis, and then come speak with staff at Hiatt or  Academic Services

Learn more about exploring majors.

How to pick a career?

The professional world is an ever-evolving landscape. Choosing a “career” is not about finding one job or making one decision. It is about developing skills and strategies to successfully pursue career opportunities, acknowledging changing interests, unexpected events and new options.

When exploring careers it's important to develop plans while staying open to new opportunities. You can get started by learning about what you’re interested in and how that might translate into careers.

Learn more about exploring careers.

What does Liberal Arts mean?

A liberal arts education provides its graduates with the academic and leadership skills to make them valuable employees in the workplace, particularly long-term as managers and leaders.  The core skills of the liberal arts education such as critical thinking, problem solving, writing, oral communication, and cross-disciplinary analysis make liberal arts graduates adaptable and creative in the ever-changing workplace.

Liberal arts degrees help teach students a broad range of skills that they can apply in many fields and jobs.

Learn how Brandeis students put their liberal arts degrees into practice.

What counts as experience?

Job, internship, fellowship and graduate school applications all ask you to describe your "experience." What they seek is evidence that you have the skill sets to be successful within their organizations, for example, lead people, manage projects, learn new things quickly, conduct research, help customers and partners, work on a team, write well, assume responsibility. Experience comes from everything you do - it does not have to be related to your major or future career, nor does it have to be salaried. Build your resume in many ways


Hiatt is here to help you navigate the process of exploring career options and making decisions about where to begin.  Schedule a meeting with us to talk about questions including: