Nickolas Bowar graduated in December 2017 with Bachelor of Business Administration in Cyber Security. Taking some time off, working some side projects, and networking for a few months post-graduation really paid off. He was recently hired with Visa’s security division in Virginia.
Nickolas was focused on learning all he could to further his career development. He attended the Career Conference in 2017, participating in workshops, networking events, and career fairs. He is an example of how seeking out and using resources can lead to success. We are excited for Nickolas and know he has a great future ahead!
- What have you enjoyed most from your experience here at UTSA?
It is great to go to a school where the professors are constantly working at developing you as an individual. I had many great professors who were true masters of their craft. You could hear the passion in their voice when they were lecturing. All of these professors were invested in making me a better, more competent individual in my particular field of study. They also usually had insider knowledge to the business, as many of my professors had years of actual work experience in the industry they were teaching.
- How has your time at UTSA been helpful in your career development?
My time at UTSA has been invaluable for my career development. You have literally countless resources at your disposal to figure out what career field you should go into based on your skills and interests, where you want to do it, and how you can achieve it. You just have to make an effort to find, and talk to these people. The staff who specialize in assisting students in career development are always more than willing to give you a helping hand.
- How has/was working with the University Career Center helpful for you in securing your opportunity?
Working with the Career Center was a fantastic experience. Finding your first job out of college can be a bit intimidating, but the folks at the career center know everything there is to know about the interview process. It really puts you at ease knowing that you have such a good resource that is available whenever you need it.
- What advice you can offer students on how they might be successful in securing opportunities and/or making the most of their time here at UTSA?
It’s all about preparation and repetition. Take opportunities to go to the career fairs and talk to the recruiting tables that are set up around campus all the time. Practice, even if they don’t hire you, you learn how to effectively advertise yourself and communicate with potential employers. In real or mock interviews you will get immediate feedback on the way you present yourself, so you will learn what to say, and what not to say. When the big job interview comes around, you’ll be more competent, and more likely to leave a better impression.