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Graduate & Professional School Fair Prep

The Graduate and Professional School Fair is an opportunity for students and alumni to learn about the various graduate school programs available in their areas of interest.  If you are thinking about going to graduate school, attend the event to learn more about what options are available to you. You will meet with school representatives face-to-face, allowing for personal interaction in asking questions of a specific school. At the event, you can:

  • Explore the possibilities of graduate and professional education.
  • Learn about the requirements for programs.
  • Get detailed information about various schools and their programs.
  • Gather materials to review later.

Students are encouraged to visit Hilltop Careers on Handshake to see what schools will be attending.

How do I prepare for the fair?

Do you have questions about graduate school or want to chat with a counselor about graduate programs? Prior to the fair, be sure to:

What should I ask the recruiters at the fair?

An informed and focused set of questions will convey to the representative that you are truly interested in graduate school. Your questions allow the representative to avoid generalities and treat you as an individual. Here are a variety of questions that should help you get the most out of the conversations.

  • What do you think is unique about your program?
  • Are students admitted in both fall and spring semesters?
  • Is it possible to work full-time and complete the degree as a part-time student?
  • How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
  • What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
  • Could you tell me more about student life on campus (student organizations, housing, support groups, diversity of the students)?
  • What is the location surrounding the school like (mountains, ocean, rural, city)?
  • What are the admission requirements (deadline, GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experience, interview)?
  • What resources are available to help students find positions after graduation?
  • Would it be possible for me to arrange a campus visit in which I could meet with admissions representatives, current students, and faculty?
  • May I contact you if I have additional questions?

What do I do at the fair?

  • Come dressed in business casual attire. You want to make a good first impression, and you want to project an appearance that says you are mature and serious.
  • Visit the schools you are most interested in first.
  • Stop by other schools to learn more about opportunities available to you.
  • Look for useful printed materials to take with you: business cards, brochures, handbooks, etc.


After the Graduate and Professional School Fair, join us for a panel discussion with admission counselors from the top law schools as they tell you the secrets of developing a successful application.  Recruiters from participating law schools include:

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • University of Oklahoma School of Law
  • and more!
Monday, October 4 | 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Fleck 314


What do you want to be when you grow up?

Dianey Leal ’15 Political Science & English Writing & Rhetoric

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” – the dreaded question everybody gets asked at some point in their lives. At age eight, I said an “actress,” at age 12, I said a “teacher,” at age 18, I said a “lawyer,” and at age 21, just a few months shy of graduating with my bachelors, I said “I don’t know.”

The question of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” carries an enormous amount of pressure to “find yourself” at an early stage in life. Ideally, choosing a profession should be about your interests and passions and what you love doing the most, but in reality, these “interests” and “passions” change as you “Take On Your World.” Read More


At The Capital Factory Job Fair

Adrian Ramirez, Associate Director

In June, Career and Professional Development took a group of St. Edward’s University students to the Capital Factory 2017 Summer Job Fair in downtown Austin. During the event, students enjoyed opportunities to meet representatives of Capital Factory’s member companies, learn about available jobs and internships, and build their professional network.


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Farewell to 1L: Getting Into (and Surviving) Law School

Brittney Justice ’16

I am currently a 2L at The University of Texas School of Law. I am also a St. Edward’s University alumna with a BA in Global Studies. Towards the end of my senior year I came to a fork in the road – either to continue working in the political field, or going to law school. I dragged out this decision as long as I could. Although I had been accepted to multiple schools, I did not actually decide to attend law school until a few days before the commencement ceremony. Looking back now, my choice to attend law school was the single best decision I ever made.

Law school is more than an academic experience; it becomes your life. The environment, the content, and the studying is completely different from what you experience in college. That being said, St. Edward’s did a great job at offering courses which gave me a solid foundation for law school. In order to become more competitive for law school, I made sure to pick an undergraduate major that exposed me to different governmental and political structures, pushed me to study abroad, and which required me to learn a different language. I also made sure to pick courses which would improve my writing skills, and expose me to legal writing. For example, my Civil Liberties course with Dr. Nunes required me to read and analyze landmark Supreme Court cases. Coming into law school understanding how to brief a Supreme Court case put me ahead of many students who had never read a 20 page opinion before. Further, since it was taught in the same manner as a law school course, I was able to find out if I liked (and could bear) such courses. Read More


20 Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen

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

As you prepare for this exciting new chapter of your life, it is imperative you take the time to sit and reflect on the upcoming year. I tell incoming students every year, do not overwhelm yourself your first semester.  Take the time to adjust to this new change in your life, this independence you are now experiencing, this inside look into the world of “adulting”. I really appreciated the article, Twenty Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen, because it outlines 20 suggestions for freshmen to consider – such as taking advantage of everything the university has to offer.

I encourage all of you to take advantage of the resources that are at your disposal – stop by Career and Professional Development, utilize the Writing Center, partake in Student Life activities, start familiarizing yourself with all the student services available to you at the university. But most important of all, take time for you. Take time to stop and smell the roses, to get a good night’s sleep, exercise your mind, body, and soul, and recognize your study habits and what works best for you. We look forward to having you on campus this fall and can’t wait to meet every single one of you!



Companies Offering Student Loan Assistance

Emily Salazar, Career Counselor

Hey, recent graduates searching for jobs: What benefits are you looking for when you conduct your job search? Is it salary? Is it long vacations? Is it flexible hours? We understand why these things would be important to you, but what would you say if we tell you that there are companies that help you pay down your student loan debt? There aren’t many, but they do exist.  Glassdoor.com recently put together a list of companies that offer student loan benefits AND they are hiring right now! Check out this list of 10 companies that offer this special benefit.


Establishing a Positive Social Media Presence

Sally Perez-Ramos,
Manager of Communication and Online Programs
Career and Professional Development

When meeting with students and alumni who are searching for job opportunities, one of the first questions I ask them is, what is your social media presence? Many are surprised to learn that many employers check social media profiles when reviewing applications. What surprises them even more, is when they perform a Google search on themselves and bring up access to everything they may have posted on social media sites which may be unguarded. Meaning a friend may have tagged them in a picture without their knowledge or they did not privatize their account settings.

One might be tempted to simply make EVERYTHING private on their various feeds, but what good does that truly do? It makes it seem as you a hiding something. In today’s world, employers want to hire someone who is engaged in technology meaning they are seeking an individual who proposes to engage their followers in positive conversation regarding topics of interest on a professional level. Employers are eager to see someone who is using technology on a daily basis rather than setting up an account and forgetting about it.

In 4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Social Media Profile for Your Job Search, the article shares some important points we all need to be advised on when it comes to our social media accounts. While I’m sure most of us would love to just tweet, post initial reactions, and vent, it is inevitable we will come to regret these posts sometime down the road. So be smart about how you establish yourself on social media. You never know who may be watching what you post.






The Secret Formula to a Winning Resume

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

Sally Perez-Ramos,
Manager of Communication and Online Programs
Career and Professional Development

Recently, members of our staff were invited to tour the Austin Google office. It was a great opportunity for us to network and learn more about what type of qualifications they seek in their candidates. Of all the interesting information Google representatives provided, what stood out the most was a question asked from the audience: What do you look for in a resume? A recruiter joining us via Google Hangouts stated that the information that stood out most in resumes is the ability to quantify information.

But what exactly does that mean?

Quantifying on your resume is the ability to provide some sort of numerical impact to your current and past roles. This information really resonates with employers when they are reviewing resumes.  For example, maybe you are the social media manager for your student organization. Did you increase the number of followers during your term? By how much? Or perhaps you were accountable for overseeing the budget. How much money did you oversee? Did you raise the funds significantly from last year? This type of information needs to be documented when you take on a new role or project. Think of as where the project was before you started and how it was after you concluded.

Google representatives shared with us this article, My Personal Formula for a Better Resume which does a fantastic job of demonstrating what employers are looking for in resumes. Some other articles to review are listed below:

Happy resume writing!


Hindsight Is a Wonderful Thing but Foresight Is Better

Jessica Coronado

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


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