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Begin your career journey remotely. work, live, and play in Morgantown.

First Ascent

Everyone knows that Morgantown is the best place to live during college—but many students don't realize that it's also an amazing place to launch your career. The recent growth in remote jobs creates a perfect scenario to see for yourself!

Exclusive Opportunity for Remote Workers in Morgantown

Students who accept a full-time, remote job offer and plan to remain in Morgantown upon graduation can apply for a pilot program, fueled by Ascend WV. Selected participants will receive access to the following perks designed to increase your success in a remote work environment. 

  • Success coaching
  • Professional mentor network
  • Co-working space
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Socials & Trips
  • Remote worker certification
Must be scheduled to graduate in May or August of 2022 to apply.                   

the power of remote work

I started working remotely in 2011 and have never looked back. The best thing about working remotely is the flexibility.  I can literally work from anywhere and don't have to worry about a lengthy commute. I also find myself much more productive with my work as I'm not distracted by office politics and chatter. My employer loves that I work remotely because they save on overhead costs. They have also discovered that their remote employees are typically happier and produce better work results. Thanks to my remote position, I was able to move to Morgantown, West Virginia as part of the Ascend WV program. It's been awesome to share a beautiful co-working space within walking distance from my home with other business professionals. I've also been able to immerse myself in a diverse community with opportunities to learn, serve, explore, and network with the other program participants.   


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Customized "Remote" Job Search Resources

The Center for Career Development has the resources to accelerate your search for full-time remote career opportunities. We will help you create a job search toolkit designed to resonate with your target employers. Once your toolkit is ready, we'll begin to leverage the following to move you closer to a job offer!

  • Personalized career coaching sessions
  • Curated job opportunities
  • Powerful employer and alumni networks

Questions?

Contact Sarah Glenn, director of the Center for Career Development, as sarah.glenn@mail.wvu.edu

More about the perks

 
Outdoor Recreation

The great outdoors are calling, and West Virginia is an undiscovered landscape waiting to be explored. With access to free gear rentals and facilitated outdoor excursions, this package will guarantee a great start to your professional life.

Free Co-Working Space

Remote work is here to stay, and we have the solution to perfectly balance your busy checklists with your currently non-existent leisure time: co-working spaces and a community hub in the heart of thriving mountain towns.

Social Programming

In West Virginia, we know the power of a strong community. To help you feel at home and find your place, you will be our special guest at a variety of social events and exclusive adventures.

Mentorship

First Ascent cohort members will be set up for success through carefully curated mentorship programs, a remote worker certification, plus additional resources designed to support your professional aspirations.

discover what morgantown has to offer


Want to Make an Impact?

Make new friends and give back through amazing non-profit organizations. Discover organizations through the United Way of Mon and Preston Counties.

Seek the Great Outdoors?
Join the Morgantown Area Paddlers (MAP) and become part of a community that enjoys the relaxation and adventure to be found on the water. Check out WVU's DIY Outdoors resource guide for more ideas.
Enjoy Like-Minded Professionals?

Join Generation Morgantown where cultivating connections between young professionals is the goal. Or join Leadership Mon to better the community by leading and inspiring a "new spirit of energy" in Mountaineer Country.

Love a Good Meal?

Morgantown's food scene has something for every palette! Not sure what's for dinner? Explore our culinary lineup on Morgantown Magazine's Eat + Drink website.