Jessica Coronado ’15
I graduated as a New College student from St. Edward’s University in December 2015 with a BA in Public Administration. My commencement ceremony was set for May 7 and by May 9 I learned of my acceptance into Northwestern University’s Masters of Public Policy & Administration online program. Now that I am a fully immersed graduate student I felt it appropriate to reflect upon the valuable lessons obtained at SEU, which now undoubtedly guide me through my graduate studies.
You see, three and a half years ago I became a non-traditional student, which in my case meant I was a working parent attending college. I was both excited and terrified to tackle my two remaining years as an undergrad with a new baby in tow, but I did it. While it may sound cliché, the secret was determination and time management. My advisor initially predicted that I would complete my remaining 60 credit hours in three years but I was determined to finish them in just two, which I eventually did. There was never any time to procrastinate nor was there an option to cut corners on assignments. I took advantage of very early mornings, mid-afternoon lunch breaks, and late evenings to study and stay on top of my schoolwork whilst doing my best to dedicate enough mommy time to my new family. It wasn’t easy but I wouldn’t have changed the experience for any other. Read More
Laurie Doran, LPC
Professional Counselors work in private practice; at elementary and secondary schools; on college campuses, in criminal justice facilities, at community mental health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care and non-profit agencies; and other settings across Texas. People come into the field of counseling through various sources; some having experienced successful careers in other (possibly related) fields while others may be already working in the field but desire to obtain the advanced degree and licensure. Some enter graduate school directly from undergraduate studies, gaining relevant experience along the way. These future counselors choose to enter a master’s program like the St. Edward’s University Master of Arts in Counseling, to study counseling and therapeutic techniques and approaches for a wide variety of populations. This program prepares them to work in a variety of settings to empower individuals, families, students and groups to accomplish their mental health, education and career goals. Professional Counselors are required by Texas statutes to hold a master’s or doctoral degree, complete extensive hours of post-graduate supervision, pass rigorous licensing exams and pursue continuing education. In addition to completing challenging coursework, these graduate students are also required to locate and apply to, secure and complete required practicum and internship experiences while in school; often while taking classes and working. These individuals must calculate, manage, and document their site hours according to population, individuals, groups, and administrative hours in and submit them to eligible to graduate. In addition, they must prepare for and pass the counseling licensure exam upon graduation. After successfully passing the state licensure exam, they must then work as a professional counseling intern post-graduation (under paid supervision of a counseling supervisor) until the appropriate number of hours are accumulated and submitted to the licensing board to receive full licensure. This process can take up to 2 years’ post-graduation to finally become a fully licensed counselor. Read More
Raymond Rogers, Director of Career and Professional Development
For several years I’ve met with students and alumni as they consider whether or not to pursue an advanced degree. The decision is more complicated than many may think as one really needs to consider their reasons, and test those assumptions, before committing to a graduate program. I usually start such conversations simply asking, “why.” While some are easily able to provide a clear and well thought out rationale, I find that many seem to struggle when trying to describe their reasons. I’ve heard many say something like, “A bachelor’s degree is so common now” or “A master’s degree is what it takes in today’s world to stand out from the crowd.” While it is true that a larger and larger percentage of the US population can now claim completion of a bachelor’s degree (23% in 1995 compared to 33% in 2015), a master’s degree isn’t always the best way to become more marketable or competitive in the job market. I wrote a blog entry for the Huffington Post last year that summarizes some of my advice for students and alumni who are in the exploration phase of considering graduate school.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ray-rogers/making-the-most-of-a-masters-degree_b_7036446.html Read More
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
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.
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!
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