Welcome Parents!

Our mission

The mission of the UTSA Career Center office is to assist students and alumni in identifying and developing the skills necessary to pursue lifelong career goals.

Meet Our Staff

Find out more about our University Career Center staff members.

Resources and Links

What We Can Do For You

Career Advising - The professional advising staff at Career Center is available to assist students with career development, choosing a major, developing career action plans and other concerns related to career direction.

Job Search Skills - Career Center is a strong proponent for teaching students the skills necessary to conduct effective job searches throughout their life and career cycle. They are available to assist students with resume development, interview skills, conducting a job search, and other job search-related concerns.

On-Campus Interviews - Many employers come to campus to interview UTSA students. Learn how to participate in on-campus interviews.

Workshops and Events - Career Center offers workshops and events throughout the year including employer information sessions, skills training and etiquette dinners.

Career Fairs - Career Center hosts several top-notch career fairs throughout the year to give students the opportunity to explore employment options with a variety of employers.

Job Listings - Learn about the job listings Career Center offers, including part-time positions, internships and co-ops, and full-time career positions.

Online Mock Interviews - Career Center offers online mock interviews to give students the opportunity to practice interviewing before that first interview.

Helpful Resources and Web Links - Find links and information from top career websites to help you research, network, and negotiate your way to a successful career.

Report Your Job - If you have accepted a part-time position, internship, or full-time internship, please let us know by completing this form. Reports are compiled for the Board of Regents, colleges, and departments to show where UTSA graduates go after graduation.

Annual Report
Annual Report

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Contact Information

Main Campus

University Center 2.02.04
Ph: 210.458.4589
Hours: M-TR: 7:30a - 5:30p
F: 7:30a - 5:00p

Downtown Campus

MNT 1.162
Ph: 210.458.2910
Hours: M-TR: 7:30a - 5:30p
F: 7:30a - 5:00p

Parent's Guide

How Can I Encourage and Assist My Student?


College Level University Career Center Tips
Freshman
  • Encourage your student to register with Career Center on RowdyJobs for access to all of our information about events, part-time jobs, internship and other job listings, on-campus interviews, key exploration tools, and weekly email updates.
  • If your student has some concerns or questions about what to study, feel free to ask questions to open up conversations about possibilities. Remind them they can make an appointment with a Career Counselor, and the Counselor and student will determine what assessments would be helpful.
  • Encourage them to also read about majors and associated careers in which they have some interest.
  • For more in depth information on specific job titles they may read about, we encourage exploration by connecting with the up-to-date information published by the Department of Labor.
  • We have noted that many underclassmen find much value from talking with a mentor, who already works in their field of interest. Individuals in various career paths are accessible through RowdyJobs under "Mentors". Tips on conducting informational interviews with these or other professionals are also available to our students.

Sophomores
  • Motivate your student to draft a resume and get it critiqued by a Career Counselor if they have not done so. We can also help with decisions on a major and develop job search skills. (Call 210.458.4589 to make an appointment.)
  • Have your student update information on the student profile and upload your resume with RowdyJobs.
  • Explore internship listings on the RowdyJobs. Internships allow your student to make some money (typically!), have more to highlight on their resume, connect with people in their fields, and to test out careers they are selecting! We note that our students have a much easier time with a full-time job search or admission to post-graduate programs when they have relevant experience (also matches national data).
  • Use internet-based supplemental tools to support work done in appointments with a Career Counselor and career assessment results to learn about different occupational fields along with your student.
  • Help your student as they make a big professional step forward by attending career/internship fairs and events. Encourage them to follow up with employers with additional questions and thank you emails! It's never too early to find out information, practice professional dress required at fairs), and start building good rapport with organizations who hire! These types of events are listed on RowdyJobs under "Events".

Juniors
  • Make sure your student updates their student profile and resume on RowdyJobs.
  • Encourage your student to work with a Career Counselor to refine the resume and develop more advanced job search and interviewing skills. (Call 210.458.4589 to make an appointment.)
  • Have students use RowdyJobs and other online tools (in addition to using left tabs for specific major-related information on our website, including internship recommendations) to continue your research on possible internships, employers and careers your student might like to apply to.
  • Again, support your student in attending career/internship fairs and events. Encourage them to follow up with employers with additional questions and thank you emails! It's never too early to find out information, practice professional dress (required at fairs), and start building good rapport with organizations who hire! These types of events are listed on RowdyJobs under "Events".
  • Encourage your student to set up a job search agent (under Job Search on the RowdyJobs so that internship or part-time listings are automatically sent to your student after posting.
  • Meet with a Career Counselor, who can help you with in-depth support through the process of searching for, applying to, interviewing for, and preparing for an internship experience! (Call 210.458.4589 to make an appointment.)

Seniors & Graduates
Fall Semester
  • Make sure your student has taken the steps above by their Senior year, including resume development, a RowdyJobs account, attendance at career-related events, practice interviews, and job search/networking strategies. It’s not too late, but do it now!! (Call 210.458.4589 to make an appointment.)
  • Encourage an appointment with a Career Counselor at this point, and utilize the tutorials and links we've provided to enhance conversations with your student.
  • Make sure your student is familiar with fall events, which are listed on >RowdyJobs under "Events". This includes the career fair(s) and information sessions which allow great opportunities to talk to employers and find out what their hiring needs are at that time.
  • Interview on-campus. Utilize RowdyJobs under "On-campus Interviewing" to see who is scheduled to be at the University Career Center office for interviews.
  • Encourage your student to let people in their network know that he or she will be graduating soon and ask them to let them know if they hear of any openings.
  • Assist them in developing 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 student's last semester on campus will be a busy one with senior projects/courses, graduation and on top of that, the job search, but this is the time to shine when meeting with employers! Congratulate them and encourage them to "show off" (in other words - market) their skills and all the hard work that they have accomplished!!
  • Make sure your student's resume is updated to reflect current contact information, experience, and GPA.
  • Encourage them to continue to interview on-campus and network with people in their field of interest. Utilize RowdyJobs under "On-campus Interviewing" to see who is scheduled to be at the University Career Center office for interviews.
  • Make sure your student is familiar with spring events, which are listed on RowdyJobs under "Events". This includes the career fair(s) and information sessions which allow great opportunities to talk to employers and find out what their hiring needs are at that time.
  • March: Ensure your student begins applying for positions that they hear about or see posted. The hiring process can take 3-6 weeks so they shouldn't wait until the week before graduation. Do encourage your student to be patient because a typical job search can take several months.
  • Encourage thorough research on potential employers, especially those with who you interview or network, so conversations are smooth and well-informed on the part of your student.


Guided Conversations with Your Student


When your student is considering an idea, we encourage you to ask questions to help them really consider their choices. Open-ended questions tend to open up your discussion versus closed-ended questions (which may end up closing the door to conversation).

Examples of open-ended questions you may want to use to help your student explore include:

If you could have the perfect job, what might your typical day be like? What kinds of tasks would you do? What kind of environment would you be in? Tell me about your ideas!

You have gotten some good experience already through (work, volunteering, classes, student involvement). What things have you liked doing best and why do you think that is?

If you could read a book, or watch a TV show on any subject, what would that be? What topics really get your interest?

If you had a whole day to yourself and you could do any activities you wanted, what would you do?

As you think about the future, are there any careers that spark an interest? Why do they "catch your eye"?

What you think about all the opportunities you could do with regard to work, what things (i.e. what you value) do you think will be most important to you as you start making this decision?

These all give you a start to assisting your student with making connections between themselves and what they know about the world of work. You can show them some of our resources to include our free career assessments and informational resources on a wide variety of careers if you would like to help them pursue their ideas further. It seems that the more open you stay to their ideas, the more likely you will keep the conversation flowing. Your insight will be powerful for most of them, but make sure to encourage them to explore their ideas so they see why certain ideas might be a better fit than others. The more you can keep them involved in their own process, the more chance they will become independent, which is a huge quality employers look for in their candidates! This is the perfect time to start!!


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