Meet Nika Anwell, our newest team member in Business Career Services!


We are fortunate to have another person join our team!  Everyone, welcome Nika Anwell to Business Career Services!  Nika is a graduate student who will be working with us two days a week until the end of the fall semester.  She will have appointment availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Go to Hirerams and schedule an appointment!

Nika Anwell

“I am really excited to join the Business Career Services team as a Career Counselor! My focus as a counselor is to help students grow personally and professionally. Relationships and rapport are important to me. I genuinely want to know about students and provide support. I seek to develop a well rounded view of each student as an individual to assess what needs they have in their lives. Many students are balancing more than just classes. I believe that all parts of a student’s life should be considered in addition to career. We then work together to develop a plan and problem solve to meet those needs. I look forward to getting to know many of you. If you are nervous about which major to choose, interviewing, life/school/work balance, what to do after graduation, or just need some advice about resumes or cover letters, set up an appointment. I would love to help.

Here is a little about me. I am a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision. I received my masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida in 2015. I moved to Richmond in July of 2017 with my Husband Roberto. We are enjoying the city and are always looking for new recommendations. We are foodies, enjoy the outdoors/fitness, and are geeks at heart. We are excited to try some of the farmer’s markets and bike trails in the area.”

We are excited to have her here with us this semester!!  Welcome aboard Nika!

RVA Career Expo Friday, October 13, 2017! See the list of companies & register!

RVA Career Expo

The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association hosts our professional job fair held every March and October.

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Full-time – Part-time – Internships – FREE for ALL Job Seekers
                 JOB SEEKER FAQ’s                                    EMPLOYER/COMPANY FAQ’S
QUESTIONS?  Contact Patrice Strachan  804-313-7041
 Virginia Tech Human Resources   












Your Success Story Belongs on my Blog!

Hi Students and Alumni,

I know some of you have received wonderful new opportunities for either full-time positions, part-time work, or internships.  I would like to share your successes on my Blog!  Stop being so shy because a little recognition never hurts!

If you are interested in telling my Bloggers about your success, just send me an email with a picture.

It does not have to be as long story, but I would like to have you tell us the title of the position, when you start (month and year), and your major and graduation date.  In addition, briefly answer some of the questions I have listed, or come up with your own!!!  I am flexible!

I think one of my favorite emails was when a student thanked me for bringing attention to student success.  My student said that the stories keep her encouraged and some of the successful students gave her tips on what she can do to find a great opportunity.  She promised me that when she gets her first internship, she will allow me to share her story as well.

To make your success blog, here are some typical questions you can answer:

  • Jobs/Internships are not easy to find in this competitive market.  What did you do to stand out from your competition?
  • What excites you about your new position?
  • Based on your experience, what are your top three recommendations for others seeking an internship or full-time position?

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks, Darlene (

Oh NO! Stood Up Again! Can business students keep a commitment?!

I wanted to re-post this again because it is that time when employers are setting up on-campus interviews and our mock interviews begin this Wednesday.

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Have you ever been stood up?  Oh gosh, it just makes you feel so bad, so embarrassed and SO frustrated!  No one likes to be in this situation.

Here is something I want you to think about.  When you RSVP for a career-related event, sign up for an interview or receive a confirmation for an activity, that is a promise that you are going to be there.  When you don’t show, you have stood us up, and we don’t like it.   If you think I am frustrated about it, imagine how the employer, who is anxious to meet you, must feel.

Tomorrow is the start of our mock interviews and we are having on-campus interviews almost every day.  If you have a scheduled interview and sudden you are not feeling your best, just too tired, too busy, or you just had a change of plans, let us know.  I don’t really care WHY you can’t be here, but I do want to know if you are not going to be here.  If you give us enough notice, maybe we can rearrange the schedule so my employer guests are not sitting in an interviewing room alone, waiting for you.

While we are on the subject, there are a lot of people who want to get on a counselor’s calendar for an appointment.  If you can’t make it, send an email in a timely manner to cancel so we can replace your spot with another students & alumni who is patiently waiting and would be more than happy to have your spot.

Please be respectful of other people’s time.  LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT.

Questions?  Comments?  Email me at & let me know.

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More Employers Added to the Mock Interview Program!

Sign up for an Employer Mock Interview!

Former IS student:  Partap and one of our former Federal Reserve Bank reps having a mock interview

Employer Behavioral Mock Interview Program:  Wednesday, 9/27 and Tuesday, 10/3  – time slots b/w 9-4pm.


Business students and alumni will be able to sit down with employers and have a one-on-one practice interview.  Employers will give you feedback and suggestions regarding your resume, interviewing responses and your professional attire.

Employer representatives will be conducting the mock interviews, and while you won’t be aware of the employer who will conduct your interview, each representative will be interviewing for the mock position of Business Associate.  I will send you the mock job description when I confirm your appointment.

Each mock interview will last an hour.  ***Professional dress is required and you will need to bring a hard copy of your resume for your interview.


The Employer Business Mock Interview Program is specifically intended for Business students and alumni.

This fall, employers include:  Two new employers have been added:

  • CH Robinson
  • Geico
  • Altria
  • Dominion
  • Co-Star
  • AMF Bowling
  • VDSS
  • Mitchell Wiggins
  • State Corporation Commission
  • VHDA
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Owens & Minor
  • Randstad


Interviews will be conducted in Snead Hall.  Please check in at our office at B1102.


Registration is now open and it is on a first come, first served basis!  Please download and then email the completed registration form or drop off the form in the Business Career Center.  On the form, indicate ALL of the time slots that work best for you on both days or either day.  I am going to assign each person who registers one interview.

If you are going to email the form, send it to and put “mock interview” in the subject line.

Link to mock interview registration form:

Mock Registration form fall 2017 (1)

Behavioral Interviewing Workshop for Monday, 9/25 from 2-3pm!

Monday, 9/25  2-3pm (B-2165):  Behavioral Interviewing Workshop:  This workshop will give you tips to make sure you are ready for behavioral interviewing: what to expect, how to frame your answers, and provide examples of good vs not so good answers to interviewing questions.

You do not have to RSVP or dress professionally for this workshop.  Just come as you are!