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Careers in Arts Administration

Emily Salazar, Career Counselor

Emily Salazar, Career Counselor

Arts Administration is also referred to as Arts Management. It is a field that involves business operations at an arts or cultural arts organization, which could be a non-profit or for-profit facility.  The term “arts” covers a wide variety of fields.  Some of these include: ballet, auction houses, art, music, film and theater, photography, opera, music and art festivals. An Arts Administrator could work in a variety of settings, such as: theaters, art galleries, museums, dance companies, community arts organizations, and many more. The role of an Arts Administrator may include: managing a staff and budget, marketing, public relations, fundraising, strategic planning, and program development. A senior level Arts Administrator may advise the Board of Directors or other senior managers.  The Arts Administrator should also be knowledgeable about local, state, and federal public policy as well as human resources, labor laws, and risk management. Read More


Tips to Finding Opportunities with the Federal Government

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD '14 Manage of Communication and Online Programs Career and Professional Development

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD ’14
Manager of Communication and Online Programs

My senior year of college, I decided it was time to do an internship. Back then, our Career Services office did not have fancy job databases like we do now. Instead, outside of the office there were index cards thumb tacked to a cork bulletin board. I browsed the internships and jobs until my eyes fell upon “Congressional Intern”. Well as a Political Science major I thought perfect! I grabbed the card and went inside the office to get more information.

Fast forward to my internship with U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. I interned with the Congressman’s local office for approximately a year. Various duties I had included speaking with constituents, researching information for the Congressman and his staff, managing the welcome desk and entering information into their database. It wasn’t the most glamorous of internships, but it gave me major key to success – Networking. To this day I still have close ties to the office and I know that if I ever need anything, I can pick up the phone and call them.

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How to Find a Career with a Nonprofit

Adrian D. Ramirez, Associate Director

Adrian D. Ramirez, Associate Director

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Some of you might be interested in starting your career in the nonprofit sector. That’s great! Working for a nonprofit organization is a fantastic way to develop professional experience while serving your community. If you are looking for a nonprofit job or internship, I recommend the following resources:

  • The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers, a comprehensive (and free) guide for anyone interested in starting a career in the nonprofit sector. This resource contains lots of helpful information including a glossary of nonprofit terms and tips on networking.
  • Idealist.org, one of the premier search engines for finding nonprofit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities around the world.
  • Mission Capital, an organization devoted to providing resources for the Austin-area nonprofit community. See their careers page for local jobs and internships.
  • TANO Job Board, a source for nonprofit job opportunities in Texas.
  • Hilltop Careers, a robust job and internship database managed by my office. Hilltop Careers contains many professional opportunities in the nonprofit sector.
  • The St. Edward’s University Nonprofit & Volunteer Fair, and event hosted by the Office of Community engagement at which you will learn about volunteering (a great way to prepare for a career in the nonprofit sector) with lots of different organizations. The event is Wednesday, September 14th.

Finally, be sure to attend Careers with Nonprofits, a panel event hosted by Career and Professional Development at which you will learn about job announcements, interviewing tips, job trends, and insights that can help you land the perfect nonprofit career. The event is Wednesday, September 7th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. See you there!


Leave Politics Out of LinkedIn

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD '14 Manage of Communication and Online Programs Career and Professional Development

Sally Perez-Ramos
Career and Professional Development

As the 2016 presidential elections come to a head, many of us find ourselves passionate about our political beliefs and want the world to know. Having political discussions amongst trusted friends and family is most likely the best platform for discussing your political concerns and ideologies – and even then I’ve seen the floor drop beneath the feet of those who braved the conversations. However, engaging in political debates on LinkedIn is not an avenue to have these discussions. Read More


A Fulbright Goes to Law School


David Sergio Glajar Class of 2014

My name is David Sergio Glajar and I am very proud to have graduated from St. Edward’s University in December of 2014 with a major in Philosophy and a minor in German studies. As a transfer student from Brandeis University but also a native Austinite, I had naturally heard of St. Edward’s before but did not quite know what to expect besides that it is a small, private Catholic university situated on a hill.

I can say without reservations that my time at St. Edward’s was, from my first day to my last, a tremendous and invaluable experience that also was (and continues to be) integral to who I am today. It is due, of course, to the people that make up the institution that this is true.

 The philosophy department is full of brilliant minds, gifted lecturers, and wise mentors. I am honored to have had the opportunity of studying Hegel under Dr. Peter Wake, philosophy of law under Dr. Jack Musselman, philosophy of science under Dr. Steve Dilley, and philosophy of mind and perception under Dr. Bill Zanardi. Each of these four professors proved extremely influential in his own way, and the freedom of thought and rigor of analysis that they fostered within me through class are intellectual gifts that I can only dream of one day repaying. Outside of the classroom, each of these professors also served almost as a kind of specialized mentor for me, helping me to shape my own identity and path, for which I am similarly extremely grateful.


Article: How To Get The Job Experience You Need To Land Your Dream Job

Frank CropDo you often ask yourself, how you will get the job experience you need to land your dream job? I came across this article, and found that it could be helpful for those who are struggling to find jobs or internships in order to gain that experience that is needed to pursue a dream job. In this career article, you will find helpful tips that guide you to be proactive on your career journey which will help you get experience you desire. Good luck!

How To Get The Job Experience You Need To Land Your Dream Job


Social Media Success: A Guide for Job Seekers

Raymond Rogers, Director of Career and Professional Development

Raymond Rogers, Director, Career and Professional Development

We hear a lot of discussion about the growing and evolving role of social media in our lives.  This is particularly true in the job search or career advancement process.  One statistic I continue to hear is how many job recruiters use LinkedIn as a source for identifying or screening candidates—79% according to this article.

Further described are some practical and easy to follow tips for making the most of three commonly used social media platforms of job recruiters: LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.  Even if you aren’t currently looking for work, or to advance to a new position, growing your professional network through social media can pay off when you are ready to seek new career opportunities.

Read more about it here.


Article Review: Millennial Career Site The Muse Raises More Cash

Emily Salazar, Career Counselor

Emily Salazar,        Career Counselor

Have you heard about “The Muse”? I’ve been referring students to their website. They offer career advice to millennials, information on job search and how to explore companies, informational videos and career coaching. They’ve received very positive reviews from Fortune, Forbes, WSJ, Mashable, and other highly respected sources. This article caught my attention, because not only is it a testimonial on the career services of The Muse, but it also provides a valuable lesson to anyone thinking of building their own start-up. Apparently fundraising is tough these days and investors don’t want to see only growth. They want to see revenue. There was so much interest in The Muse this past year from venture capitalists wanting to invest, that they will increase their total funding from $10 million to $28.7 million. They must be doing something right.

This is an interesting read for future entrepreneurs: http://fortune.com/2016/06/22/the-muse-career-site-raises-more-cash/ , but as a bonus, also visit The Muse website at: https://www.themuse.com  and check out their career planning resources.


#HiredfromtheHilltop Monday for June 6, 2016



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