Alumni

Welcome UTSA Alums!

You are now and forever a Roadrunner with a lifetime of career decisions to make. The Career Center is here to assist you with this process. Here are some of the services we offer for FREE to all alums:

Career Resources

Career Assessments:

Finding a good fit for you and your strengths takes time and persistence. A first step entails identifying your values, interests, personality and skills (VIPS). We offer the several career assessments including Do What You Are and Sokanu at no charge to alumni. Contact the career center for a password to take these assessments online and to schedule a time to review the results with a career counselor.

Resume/Cover Letter Writing Assistance:

Need help composing an impactful resume and cover letter? There are several options to gain feedback for both. First, review some samples (link), then make an appointment to meet with a career counselor to review the contents, drop in during our walk-in hours or send the completed documents directly to the alumni career counselor, Bennett Grey.

Mock Interviews:

Do you get nervous interviewing? We offer one-on-one mock interview sessions to get you feeling confident in front of potential employers. Sessions take 30 to 40 minutes each. Contact the career center to schedule an appointment. UTSA Career Center

Career Counseling:

Need help getting started on your career journey? Whether face-to-face or by phone, a professional career counselor discuss career plans/goals and related concerns you may have. Schedule your appointment today! UTSA Career Center

Job Search Tools:

As you transition to the world of work, there are several ways to begin your search for professional employment. Try some of these popular sites and don’t forget to network, network, network!

Simplyhired.com

Indeed.com

USAJobs.gov

WorkInTexas.gov

 Transitioning Alums

Overview

Find yourself in uncharted waters with a recent layoff or in need of a new career direction? There are many reasons that you may be thinking about a career change…

  • uncertainty that you want to remain in your present career long-term
  • interest in making a lateral move within your company/organization
  • wanting something better or more satisfying
  • dissatisfaction with the work environment
  • possibility of future downsizing, layoffs or business closing
  • desire to complete more education
  • unanticipated changes in your personal situation

 

Career Development for Experienced Alumni

All of these are perfectly legitimate reasons to explore a career change. Many people think about changing careers – many during midlife – but don’t know how to approach such a drastic change. Career exploration is a lifelong process experienced by all – but in different ways. Making decisions can be very complex and filled with anxiety. Your alumni career counselor can help you navigate through this process, identify your needs and develop a strategy to address your concerns. Call our office at 210-458-4589 to schedule an appointment.

 

Here are some great resources to get you started:

  • Switching Gears: Tuning Up Your Career – Good overview as you begin to think about this potential change.
  • Quintessential Careers has several resources, articles and quizzes for anyone considering a career change.
  • Career Change Tools for the Mid-Life Woman – 14 tips to get you started.
  • Resources for the over-40 Career Changer – Several articles from AARP geared towards the over-40 career changer.
  • How to Make Age an Asset – tips on how to emphasize your experience not your age.

 

If you’re over 50, check out these:

  • Seniors for Hire
  • Retired Brains
  • Work Force 50

 

Networking

Are you LinkedIn?

If not, you should be. Did you know only 11% of graduating seniors use LinkedIn to network with employers? LinkedIn.com is one of the fastest growing business professional social networks available with more than 380 million users worldwide. Expand your network; connect to others; learn more about what’s going on in your field. Even if you are not a recent grad, there are some valuable resources on this site to get connected.

Seize the Opportunity

One of the best ways to network is done the old fashioned way: face to face. The UTSA Career Center hosts events year around to facilitate multiple chances for you to meet and greet potential employers while polishing your interpersonal skills. Check out the list of upcoming career fairs, info sessions and workshops. On-Campus Events

 

Professionalism

Know What You’re Worth?

You have a degree, experience and transferrable skills. Knowing your value to the employer in an open and competitive market will assure you have maximum leverage when negotiating salary

Salary calculator

Glassdoor

NACE Salary Survey

Moving to a New Job Market?

Ever thought about venturing to the West Coast of the United States? How about living and working in New York City? London? Hong Kong? Be sure you what you will pay for rent, transportation, utilities and food before you make the big move.

Cost of Living Index

Giving Back to UTSA – Be a Mentor

Share your work and career experiences and mentor a UTSA student. The Roadrunner Alliance Mentor Program (RAMP), exists to match mentors in a variety of industries with students eager to learn professionalism and navigating the working world. For more information, go to the RAMP link, Roadrunner Aliance Mentor Program