The Office of Career Development Services assists students as they move through the steps of career exploration and decision making from the first year to graduation and beyond. The office provides students with assistance in assessing their interests and abilities, exploring the world of work, finding appropriate graduate schools, employment and internship opportunities, resume assistance, job skills assessment, conducting a job search, and recruitment services including on- and off-campus interviewing in addition to a resource library.
A degree can help you get a great job upon graduation, but you can really maximize opportunities by employing effective career planning. Use the following guide to make the most of your college experience.
Freshman Year — Discover and Explore — Become Familiar
- Begin discussing your values, interests, skills and abilities, selecting a major, making career choices through career consulting and assessment
- Learn about participating in internships
- Begin to attend “What can I do with a major in?” Workshops
- Join extracurricular activities
- Attend Career Decision Making Workshop
- Go on an informational interview to learn about an area of passion
- Register with Jobs4Bulldogs to become exposed to TLU’s online job and internship posting system
- Participate in Career Development Programming like the Career Development Roundtable Series, Vocation Movie Night and Speed Mentoring
- Develop a list of possible majors
Sophomore Year — Research and Focus — Exploring Career Options
- Explore career fields/industries of interest and compare work environments
- Ask advisors, professors, relatives and friends about career options and explore your values and interests
- Consider volunteering and identify and prepare for paid and unpaid internships
- Attend skill assessment and vocational decision making workshops
- Attend The Majors Fair and Conduct informational interviews
- Gain a career mentor and create a career timeline for the next five years
- Learn how to develop a resume
- Use career development internet resources to learn about careers and industries
- Choose a major
Junior Year — Experience and Experiment — Skill Building and Goal Setting
- Seek leadership in campus organizations and/or volunteer services
- Attend Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
- Update and revise your resume; get a revision at Resume Hut
- Attend informational interview workshop and set up informational interviews
- Practice effective interviewing techniques through Mock Interview Day
- Volunteer with a local civic group that you feel passionate about
- Begin investigating internships and networking
- Get involved in a professional organization related to your career field.
- Participate in the annual SACUCCA career fair in San Antonio, TX
- Focus on major courses and narrow industry focus
- Research graduate/professional schools by attending the Graduate School Fair
- Learn about career options through work settings and job descriptions
- Narrow industry focus
Senior Year — Choose and Implement — University to Work Transition
- Join on-campus leadership and academic professional organizations
- Organize your career development goals and career plan
- Target desired industries and determine geographical preference
- Attend Job Search Workshop
- Participate in Career Development programming like Speed Mentoring and Disorientation
- Fine tune resume, cover letters and profile through workshops and Resume Hut
- Update profile and resume with Jobs4Bulldogs
- Apply to graduate/professional school early in the fall semester
- Practice interview skills through Mock Interview Day
- Network with professional association in industry career preference.
- Attend Career Fair Preparation Workshop
- Attend SACUCCA Job Fair, Teacher Fair and various other area career fairs that will be marketed through Career Development
Job Search & Preparation Resources
A student's one-stop shop for career advice, on-campus career development events and information sessions, and a plethora of resources and links to jump-start your job search. Students can even contact the career development office to have a resume reviewed and optimized for your personal and professional goals.
Students and alumni use Jobs4Bulldogs to connect with fellow bulldogs in the workforce. Here, you can post your resume, search for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Recruiters also use Jobs4Bulldogs to post jobs, internships or volunteer opportunities. Employers, graduate schools and nonprofits can request on-campus recruiting sessions and students can schedule on-campus interviews with prospective employers.
TLU students can create personal accounts to search job postings and internship listings in some of the most exciting cities abroad. Students get country-specific advice and insider tips to navigate the job search at home and abroad.
Students and alumni can sign up for a TLU account where they can practice interviewing skills, a personal elevator speech or pitch and get reviewed by career development staff. TLU professors use this tool to customize interviews for their specific field to help prepare graduates for their first job interviews.
Students can vet a company's description against real reviews by employees on the inside. In addition to reviews, Glassdoor.com gives access to possible interview questions and salaries employers wouldn't disclose in a job description. Students can get a feel for a company's culture before even applying to see if it's the right fit for them.
Database of major master’s programs from accredited colleges in the U.S. that offer both full or partial online course options and a listing of the scholarships available.
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