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Center for Career Development

Career Library - Firsthand

Firsthand (previously known as Vault) provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession--and how to position yourself to land that job. Vault enables you to research employers and industries, gain career advice, and apply to jobs and internships. Whether you are just exploring possible career paths or are ready for an interview, Vault will give you the career management tools you need to succeed.

  • Job & Internship Listings
  • Industry & Career Guides
  • Resume & Interview Tips
  • Career Articles & Blogs
  • Explore industries and watch Q&A videos by professionals in different fields
  • View company and internship rankings according to overall caliber, quality of life, diversity and other factors

Vault Industry Guides
List of Available Guidebooks

Getting Started

  1. Access Firsthand
    Click here to access Firsthand (First-time users click on "Create My Vault Account")
  2. Step 2: Customize your account!
    Although a profile is not required to gain access, it is highly recommended. Creating a profile will allow you to customize your content and gain visibility with top employers and recruiters.
  3. Explore Career Paths and Internships
    Firsthand offers over 100 industry and professional profiles that you can tailor to your interests by filling out criteria such as your personality traits and favorite courses

    Browse Firsthand's 900+ internship profiles and fill out criteria to find opportunities catered to your interests
  4. Research Companies
    Firsthand profiles 6,500+ companies in different industries and provides an overview, rankings, and employee reviews for each company
  5. Prepare with Firsthand Guides
    Access Firsthand's 250+ guides on interview prep, resumes, industries, professions, employers, and internships
  6. Read Career Advice Blogs
    Check out Firsthand's blogs from expert editors covering news, trends in the job market, and a variety of career advice topics
  7. Search for Jobs and Internships
    With Firsthand's Job Board, you have access to thousands of current career opportunities