First Gen

Career Development & Vocation celebrates and welcomes first-generation students who call Augustana College their academic home.

Who is a first-gen student?

First Gen students at Augustana

The best way to get started is by viewing the Viking Score. The Viking Score motivates students to take small steps ensuring they are on the right path to getting to where they want to be. Viking Score Activities are designed to move students smoothly, at their own pace, through the process of career development and vocation.

Next, consider scheduling a career coaching appointment. Your Career Coach will introduce you to the curated resources and networks and opportunities for career readiness skill development so that you can develop a personalized pathway leading to a life of  purpose and meaning.

Job Search and Networking Tools

  • I’m First: an online community providing first-generation college students with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college
  • TRIO @ Augustana College: 10 things TRIO can do for you
  • Young Invincible (YI) Scholars Program: offers first-generation students the opportunity to join the Young Invincible team, working on today’s most pressing economic issues facing young adults

Additional Information and Resources

Navigating the Final Stretch: A Guide to Managing Finals Week Stress

As the end of the semester approaches, college students everywhere brace themselves for one of the most challenging periods of the academic year: finals week. With multiple exams, papers, and projects looming on the horizon, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed …

By Sangamitra Shakya
Sangamitra Shakya
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Innovation In The Alps!

In the spring of 2025, Augustana College will offer a Study Away program focused on innovation in music and science and ethical consideration in Germany and Switzerland (Alps). Students will take two courses on campus (ENGR 315 and MUSC 306) in Spring. After …

By Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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The Iowa Quad City Law Enforcement Camp Registration OPEN

The 2024 Iowa Quad City Law Enforcement Camp will be held July 8-12, 2024, from 9:00AM – 3:00PM (Mon – Thurs) and 9:00AM – Noon (Fri).

The Iowa Quad City Law Enforcement Camp is hosted each summer by the Davenport …

By Claire Martino
Claire Martino
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2024 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum Registration OPEN

Want to meet with tax professionals and get exclusive networking?!? Register for the FREE 2024 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum on July 9th in Chicago, Illinois! 💼 ✏️

As part of this program, they hosting students, faculty, associations and recent graduates at the …

By Claire Martino
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Stop by CORE and Share Your Success!

By Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Skill Building Courses

A Guide to ERGs (Employee Resource Groups)

Taught by Daisy Lovelace
Employee resource groups, or ERGs, are a significant asset to organizations and their people, but many ERGs are underutilized due…

Sustainable LGBTQ+ Allyship

Taught by Jeannie Gainsburg
One of the biggest challenges allies face is not knowing when and how to lend support. In this course, instructor…

Supporting Indigenous Rights

Taught by Camille Glass
Indigenous rights is the #1 DEI challenge in both Canada and Australia, and remains an important topic of discussion in…

Nano Tips for Identifying and Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace with Desiree Coleman-Fry

Taught by Desiree Coleman-Fry
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. In these video tips,…

Nano Tips for Checking Your Bias: Becoming a People Advocate with Madison Butler

Taught by Madison Butler
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. In this installment, discover…

Develop, Grow, Launch, and Support Your ERG

Taught by Dereca Blackmon
Diversity and inclusion initiatives are on the rise in organizations around the globe. But now that programs and plans are…

Creating Community within Your Employee Resource Group

Taught by Farzana Nayani
Employee resource groups—more commonly known as ERGs—have become an integral part of how organizations address employees’ needs and drive long-term…

Menopause in the Workplace: A Guide to Supporting Your Colleagues

Taught by genConnectU
Menopause is a human condition that affects most of us in one way or another. Fifty percent of the world’s…

Speaking Up for Yourself and Underrepresented Groups

Taught by Jessica Chen
Are you at a point in your career where you’ve realized that putting your head down, doing the work, and…

Foundations of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Taught by Dereca Blackmon
The world of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) can be both empowering and overwhelming at times. How can someone…

Cultural Humility and Agility

Taught by Tatiana Kolovou
Are you actively promoting a culture of inclusion inside and outside of your organization? If not, it’s time to pivot,…

Six Skills to Develop Cultural Agility

Taught by Paula Caligiuri
Cultural agility is one of the most critical professional skills needed today but also one that employers say is difficult…

Skills for Inclusive Conversations

Taught by Mary-Frances Winters
Organizations reap the benefits of diversity—when employees bring their whole, authentic selves to work. Diverse teams are more productive, innovative,…

Becoming a Male Ally at Work

Taught by Emilie Aries
Gender diversity in the workplace drives innovation and performance. As a male ally, you can help boost diversity by chipping…

Understanding and Supporting Asian Employees

Taught by Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn
Underrepresented employees face unique challenges in the workplace, and understanding how to support them in these challenges is key to…

What To Do When You Are Bullied at Work

Taught by Catherine Mattice
What should you do when you are bullied at work? Catherine Mattice Zundel, an internationally recognized expert in workplace bullying,…

Supporting Allyship and Anti-Racism at Work

Taught by Dana Brownlee
While racism and discrimination are systemic problems that persist, each of us can play a role in helping to eliminate…

How to Speak Up Against Racism at Work

Taught by Dana Brownlee
Regardless of role or level, employees often want to speak up against offensive/racist comments or questionable practices, but they don’t…

Leading Your Org on a Journey of Allyship

Taught by Vernā Myers
Join inclusion strategist, Harvard-trained-lawyer, author and instructor, Vernā Myers, to learn how to grow a more inclusive workplace and become…

Dealing with Microaggression as an Employee

Taught by Toni Howard Lowe
In this course, Toni Lowe, a sought-after speaker and senior HR leader specializing in diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging, teaches…

Contact & Location

Phone
309-794-7339
Address

Olin Center
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Office is Open Drop-Ins
Monday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Drop-in topics include:

  • Resume & Cover Letter Review
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing
  • Viking Score Overview
  • LinkedIn Headshot Photo
  • Career Resources Overview