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Career Planning

Career and Academic 4-Year Planning Guide

Career Center recommends that all students at UTSA have the following upon graduation:

  • A professionally developed, current resume that can grow and adapt throughout their lifetime.
  • At least one professional-level experience, most likely through internship, cooperative education or research, but also through volunteerism.
  • A basic understanding of professional etiquette including networking, job searching, interview preparation, interviewing skills, interviewing follow-up, and professional correspondence
  • At least two opportunities to hear directly from professionals working in the students' field of choice through either informational interviews, career mentor program, presentations and seminars, career fairs and/or job shadowing opportunities.

Ways to Prepare for a Career While in College


College Level Career Center Academic & Extracurricular
Freshmen
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Attend study skills workshops.
  • Study and adjust to college.
  • Learn requirements for your major, since many require an early decision.
  • Make friends who share your interests.
Sophomores
  • Draft your resume and get it critiqued by a career counselor, who can also help you decide on a major and develop job search skills. (Call 210.458.4589 to make an appt.)
  • Update your student profile and upload your resume with the RowdyJobs.
  • Do regular searches of internship listings on the RowdyJobs.
  • Use the internet and career assessments to learn about different occupational fields.
  • Attend career/internship fairs and follow up with employers.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Take a variety of courses, especially ones that could improve your skills in writing, communication, speaking, business and computer usage.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Do community service or volunteer work.
  • Find opportunities through VOICES.
Juniors
  • Update your student profile and resume on the RowdyJobs.
  • Work with a career counselor to refine your resume and develop job search and interviewing skills.
  • Use the RowdyJobs, WetFeet and Vault to continue your research on possible internships, employers and careers.
  • Attend career/internship fairs. Follow up with contacts.
  • Attend employer presentations and follow up with contacts.
  • Set up a job search agent on the RowdyJobs so that internship listings are automatically sent to you after posting.
  • Apply for all that interest you. Get an internship.
  • Become active in student organizations.
  • Choose elective courses that complement your major and will help improve your communication and writing skills.
  • Pursue academic assignments that stimulate professional interaction (i.e., interviews and surveys).
  • Explore the Undergraduate Research Opportunities.
  • Join professional/trade associations.
Seniors & Graduates Fall Semester
  • If you don't have a resume, attend one of our professional development workshops or check out the links we've compiled to create a dynamic resume.
  • Attend other professional development workshops to learn more about interviewing, your professional image and many more topics OR check out the tutorials and links we've provided.
  • Attend the Fall Career Fair to talk to employers and find out what their hiring needs are. Find out how to work a Career Fair by attending one of our workshops or viewing the resources we've put together.
  • Interview on-campus. Click here to find out which employers will be interviewing during the semester.
  • Let people in your network know that you will be graduating soon and ask them to let you know if they hear of any openings.
  • Keep a written log or spreadsheet of all of your employer contacts including items such as employer name, address, telephone number and contact person/job title as well as the date of each contact by letter, telephone call or interview.
Spring Semester
  • Your last semester on campus will be a busy one with senior projects/courses, graduation and your job search but this is the time to shine when meeting with employers.
  • Setup a Job Search Agent on your RowdyJobs account so that job listings are automatically sent to you when they are posted.
  • Make sure your resume is updated to reflect your current contact information and GPA.
  • Continue to Interview on-campus.
  • Attend the Spring Career Fair. Follow up with contacts.
  • March: Begin applying for positions that you hear about or see posted. The hiring process can take 3-6 weeks so you don't want to wait until the week before graduation.
  • Do thorough research on potential employers, especially those with whom you plan to interview.
  • Assist or do research with professors.
  • Pursue an independent study that will allow you to explore your career interests.
  • Assume active leadership role in a campus chapter of a professional organization.
  • Become active in community functions.
  • Attend meetings of professional/trade associations and pursue additional networking opportunities.
  • Apply to graduate/professional school.
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