First Generation

First Generation Careers (FGC)

As the first in your family to attend a four-year college or university, you face unique considerations as you engage in the career development process.  In collaboration with first gen student leaders, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development established the First Generation Careers (FGC) to support first gen students' career development.  The FGC provides first gen students opportunities to discover and explore career paths while building community and pride in being first gen.

FGC programming and events:

  • First Gen, First Look at the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development
  • Backstage Pass to the Fall Career Fair
  • Backstage Pass to the Winter Career Fair
  • First Gen Networking Night
  • Backstage Pass to Consulting Week
  • Backstage Pass to the Wall Street Forum

Find out more information about these events in your Handshake account under Events.


First Gen Careers Advisory Board - seeking to support career development efforts for fellow first gen students

2020-2021 Board Officers:

 

Co-Chair: Jorge Garcia

JorgeGarcia

Year & Class: Senior, Class of 2021

Major(s) and minor(s): Computer Science, Corporate Practices minor

Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, FL

Extracurricular activities

  • Matriculate, Head Advising Fellow
  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Co-Chair
  • CS+Social Good, Database Project Member
  • Office of Information Technology (OIT), Help Desk Student Consultant 

Internship experience

  • Deloitte, Cyber Risk Intern (Summer 2020)
  • Deloitte, Discovery Intern (Summer 2019)

Other experiences

  • President's Circle Mentor Program (Summer 2019)
  • Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program (Summer 2017, 2018)
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep Fellow, Class of 2021

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Co-Chair: Carlos Murillo

Carlos

Year & Class: Senior, Class of 2021

Major(s) and minor(s): Computer Science, Corporate Practices minor 

Hometown: Grand Junction, CO

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Co-Chair
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Director of Outreach
  • Latino Student Alliance, Member

Internship experience

  • Deloitte, Technology Consulting Intern (Summer 2020)
  • Deloitte, Discovery Intern (Summer 2019)
  • Deloitte, Pioneer Intern (Summer 2018)

Other experiences

  • President's Circle Mentor Program (Summer 2019)
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep Fellow, Class of 2021

LinkedIn Profile

 

Member: Abigail Abikoye

Abigail

Year and Class: Junior, Class of 2022

Major: Biological Sciences, Poverty Studies and Anthropology minors

Hometown: Bowie, MD

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board Member
  • Managing Editor for COS Student Run Publication: Scientia 
  • Co-Vice President of Biology Club
  • Teaching Assistant for Intro Biology 
  • Biology & ES Senior Leadership Committee
  • Fighting Irish Scholar and QuestBridge Scholar

Internship experience

  • Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, Intern (Summer 2020)
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Pediatric Heart Lung Center, Research Intern (Summer 2019)
  • National Institutes of Health, Research Intern (Summer 2018)

LinkedIn Profile

 

Member: Brian Feury

Brian

Year and Class: Junior, Class of 2022

Major: Finance, Theology minor

Hometown: Verona, NJ

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board Member
  • Student International Business Council (SIBC)
  • Zahm House Eucharistic Minister 
  • Wall Steet Club, Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing (NDIGI)

Internship experience

  • Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Summer Analyst (Summer 2020)
  • Konica Minolta Data Analytics Intern (Summer 2019) 

Linkedin Profile

 

Member: Violeta Hernandez Padilla

Violeta

Year and Class: Junior, Class of 2022

Major: Economics, Accounting and Computing & Digital Technologies minors

Hometown: Douglasville, GA

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board Member
  • kiND Club, Secretary
  • Unleashed Social Ventures, Travel Team Member
  • Student-Athlete tutor: Spanish, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics

Internship experience

  • MetLife (Summer 2020)
  • Red Ventures (Summer 2019)
  • Alliance for Fair Food (Spring 2017)

Other experiences

  • President's Circle Mentor Program (Summer 2020)

Linkedin Profile

 

Member: Silvana Portillo

Silvana

Year and Class: Junior, Class of 2022

Major: Political Science, Digital Marketing minor

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board Member
  • Fighting Irish Media, Student Employee
  • Department of Sustainability, Member
  • Walsh Hall Service Committee

Linkedin Profile

 

Member: Miguel Coste

Miguel

Year and Class: Sophomore, Class of 2023

Major: Neuroscience and Behavior, Education, Schooling, and Society minor

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board Member
  • 1stG ND, President
  • QuestBridge Chapter of Notre Dame, Head Mentor

Linkedin Profile


First Generation Resources at Notre Dame:

Office of Student Enrichment

1stG ND

Additional Career Resources:

I’m First

Career Paths

Diversity and Inclusion Showcase Book

Academic Resources:

Learning Resource Center

The Writing Center

Wellness Resources:

McWell Center for Student Well-Being

Campus Ministry

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