First Generation

This identity/allyship rope team is a community for first-generation students and alums, and for all community members to support the first-generation student/alum experience. This rope team is designed to elicit and voice their shared experiences and to make available the connections, opportunities, resources and experiences central to their development and success. We call them “rope teams” because they, as many as you are interested in accessing, are here to support your student and alum journey as well as to provide you with an opportunity to support the journey of those you want to help succeed. 

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Ten Ways to Advocate for Yourself During the Job Interview Process

Job interviews set the stage for the type of working relationship you will have if you decide to accept the position. That’s why advocating for yourself, even from the very beginning of that working relationship, is extremely important. In this …

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Navigating Academia As A First-Gen Latinx Student: From A Latinx University Professor

As a Mexican-born, first-generation college student raised in Arizona, my ultimate goal was to graduate college. My parents had less than a sixth-grade education, so I never thought I would become a university professor teaching in spaces my family hadn’t …

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How Invesco’s Veronica Castillo Lifts Up Latinx Professionals at Work and in Her Community

Veronica Castillo is quick to point out that growing up, she was not fed by a silver spoon.

“My parents are of Mexican descent,” she explains. “My mom raised me as a single mom and migrant farm worker. We had …

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Turn Your Creative Talents Into an Enterprise

In this episode, your host Kimberly is joined by Dre Brown, a self-taught freelance makeup artist who has cultivated a creative community over the last 15 years and collaborated with brands like MTV, BRAVO, WEtv, Food Network, Comedy Central, Refinery29, …

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How to Build Wealth as First-Generation Immigrants | Overcoming Poverty | Queer Money

So much of personal finance success is based on our money stories. And our money stories are written by our background, our race, our gender or sexual orientation—all the things that have nothing to do with math and everything to …

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Career Exploration: Associate Director of Programming & Former College Counselor

Hear from first-generation Associate Director of Programming, Marrissa Washington, about a day in her life, her path to success, her compensation & work / life balance, what she wish she knew before entering her field and more!

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Featured Classes

Presentations

Improve your ability to communicate big ideas to clients, teams, and execs by honing your presentation skills! Gain access to…

Career Exploration

Finding your career path doesn’t have to be a headache! Learn the difference between constructive and overwhelming questions to ask…

Resumes

Get seen by employers and put your best foot forward in the application process by unlocking key hacks and tips…

Hiring Process & Offer Evaluation

Upgrade your hire-ability by demystifying the hiring process from application to offer.

Getting to Know Your Manager & Team

Navigating a new workplace is a challenge. Start your new role with confidence by asking the right questions on (and…

Presence & Professionalism

Whether you’re in the office, joining a remote meeting, or attending a work event, how you show up matters! Demystify…

Professional Writing & Organization

Take a deep dive into the unspoken do’s and don’ts of professional communication with coworkers, customers, managers, and more! Then,…

Interviewing

Prepare to ace the interview! Dive into interview fundamentals, secrets to making a great first impression on employers, and how…

Cover Letters

When used correctly, a cover letter can be a valuable companion to your resume. This course will provide the samples…

Networking & Outreach

Utilize practical exercises and advice from successful professionals to grow your network, build your professional community, represent your organization, and…

Requesting Time Off

Nervous about requesting time off from work? Not sure how to ask your manager? Get the essential information and templates…

Cross-Functional Collaboration

Explore the essential roles and functions you’ll be collaborating with at top companies, then dive into best practices for leading…

Clarifying Expectations

What questions do you need to ask to get the job done correctly? Improve your ability to communicate with your…

Goal Setting

Setting relevant and precise goals is a recipe for career success… but where do you start? Learn how to choose…

Giving & Receiving Feedback

Feedback is a two-way street — this course helps prepare you to thoughtfully give and receive constructive feedback with team…

LinkedIn Overview

Learn how to harness all of LinkedIn’s features in order to optimize your job search, expand your network, and maximize…

Informational Interviews

Careers aren’t built alone! Informational interviews are a key tool in your professional toolbelt: learn how to leverage the peers…

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Rope Team Resources

Rise First College Success Roadmap

Rise First’s College Success Roadmap is aimed to enable first-generation student success. With this roadmap, Rise First hopes to provide …

Career Advice Guide For Underrepresented Populations

This guide includes tips, time-saver exercises, and expert advice on how to be a top-notch candidate as a Black, Latinx, …

Your life isn’t cookie cutter. Your career journey isn’t either. 

That’s why CareerSpring offers over one thousand real-world professionals from …

As a first-gen, you’ve probably heard that the key to success in life is saying “YES” to opportunities. Be enthusiastic …

Our mission is to empower first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) students and professionals nationwide to achieve their full potential by providing …

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