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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

  1. What is the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD)?

  2. When should my student start visiting the Center for Student Professional Development?

  3. What should my student major in?

  4. Is a summer job similar to a summer internship or co-op? Which of these should I encourage my student to attain?

  5. When is the best time to look for a summer job or internship?

  6. What if my student does not know what career he or she would like to pursue?

  7. How can parents and family members help their students with the job search and career exploration process?

  8. How can my student meet potential employers?

  9. What is Rowdy Jobs? Is it the only way for a student to search for a permanent position?

  10. What do employers look for in a potential candidate? 

  11.  If a UTSA College of Business student is considering pursuing graduate school in business administration, should they apply while still enrolled in undergraduate coursework?

  12. What are most starting salaries upon graduation?

  13. Which companies are hiring UTSA students?

  14. How important is Grade Point Average (GPA) when it comes to job prospects following graduation?

  15. Are Career Fairs offered at UTSA? How important are they to my student's career development?

  16. How can my company get involved with the Center for Student Professional Development?

  17. Can I visit the Center for Student Professional Development and meet with a staff member about opportunities for my student?

  18. How can I be supportive of my student during a discouraging job search process?

1. What is the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD)?
The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) is a comprehensive one-stop shop for business students. The CSPD seeks to prepare career-ready graduates to meet today’s global business challenges. The CSPD houses academic advisors to help assess and encourage student coursework progress. Additionally, the College of Business Career Counselors are available for appointments in the CSPD Office (Business Building 2.01.08). These counselors are trained to help students prepare for job and internship searches, write résumés and cover letters, give pointers on networking, negotiation, dress and grooming, and other professional development topic areas. Finally, the College of Business student organizations and other leadership development opportunities are facilitated through the CSPD.

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2. When should my student start visiting the Center for Student Professional Development?
Right away! It is never too soon for your student to become acquainted with the CSPD staff and services. As early as the first year, students can begin to work on a résumé or learn networking skills by attending workshops. Students who are unsure about their major or are seeking career direction can take an assessment with a Career Counselor to help give them direction. Also, as employers present opportunities to the CSPD staff, opportunities are forwarded to students who have expressed interest in such positions.  So encourage your student to visit us early and often so they have many opportunities to succeed.

Some students start gaining field experience very early in their college careers. Our staff members have weekly "walk-in hours" to assist your student with the various steps in finding an opportunity that is the right fit for their path. Students should be aware of and follow the suggested activities in the Four Year Student Plan. These activities are specifically meant to help a student develop professionally throughout their college experience.

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3. What should my student major in?
Each student is different and will base major choices on a individual factors, whether it be the job they want after graduation or a subject that interests them at the moment. While in many instances specific majors do not translate into particular careers, the CSPD staff can help your student choose a major that will not hinder career choices but will be aligned with personal interests and goals. If your student is having a difficult time choosing a major, the CSPD is a great place to start! Career Counselors can help your student to understand which majors are required for certain job fields and help your student to identify how interests can be translated into careers.

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4. Is a summer job similar to a summer internship or co-op? Which of these should I encourage my student to attain?

Any type of work experience, whether an internship, a summer job or co-operative experience, can help students gain valuable skills for post-graduation employment. UTSA’s College of Business strongly encourages students to engage in multiple experiences during their tenure at UTSA. Depending on the student’s budget, working preferences and the availability of different employment options, students have a variety of options.

Internships come in many different forms. Although some are paid, there are often cases where a company doesn’t pay interns. Some may also be taken for course credit. The time commitment also varies, with some requiring full-time commitment and some only requiring part-time hours. Co-ops can also have a variety of different options and requirements but are more often full time. Internships and co-ops provide students the opportunity to learn skills and gain knowledge about their field which make them competitive in their search for a career opportunity during their senior year. Also, many internship and co-op opportunities lead to full-time employment following successful completion. There is no question that multiple internships or co-ops create more potential opportunities and increase the chances your student will find a great full-time career position as a senior. However, maintaining employment that isn’t an internship or co-op might be the best option for a student if it can give him good experience for his future job search.

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5. When is the best time to look for a summer job or internship?
Students are encouraged to begin their search for internships in the fall semester, which is when some companies set their application deadlines. Internship and co-op opportunities are competitive but are also important résumé builders and will give students a definite advantage over others with less experience.

It is important for internship-seeking students to be aware of postings in Rowdy Jobs and to know their efforts may take some time. Searching for internships can be a yearlong process with the bulk of on-campus recruiting occurring from early February through Spring Break in March. Employers will continue to post summer opportunities through May and students should continue to apply and interview until they have an offer, or multiple offers, of interest.

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6. What if my student does not know what career path he or she would like to pursue?
The CSPD can help shape a student's path based on their interests and goals. Starting the professional development process as a freshman can help a student to find a job that best fits his or her needs, desires and personality. The Career Counselors can offer students an assessment to help them select a potential area of interest. Additionally, by seeking internship and work opportunities as early as freshman year, a student has a better chance of finding something of interest. As a parent you can encourage your student to speak to people in a variety of industries and to take a wide mixture of classes to discover their areas of interest. Finally, encouraging your student to do research about different companies, industries and majors is an excellent way to help with the career path decision.

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7. How can parents and family members help their students with the job search and career exploration process?
Encourage your student to assume responsibility for their career decisions and to thoroughly research fields and companies of interest. Also, motivate your student to take advantage of the many services available to them in the CSPD.

There are many ways parents can help students in the career exploration and job search process. The Four Year Guide for Parents provides thoughtful ways you can support and coach your student through career exploration in each year of their college experience.   

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8. How can my student meet potential employers?
The Center for Student Professional Development hosts many events and activities that provide opportunities for your student to meet and interact with recruiters, alumni and corporate guests. Companies come to UTSA’s College of Business to participate in networking receptions and career fairs, to hold information sessions and to interview students in the Ernst & Young Leadership Suites. Finally, employers use Rowdy Jobs to post jobs for students to apply for and come to campus frequently meet students at Career Fairs.

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9. What is Rowdy Jobs? Is it the only way for a student to search for a permanent position?
Rowdy Jobs is a job search database hosted by UTSA’s University Career Center and includes internship, co-op and full-time job opportunities. Also attached to the Rowdy Jobs database are search results from MonsterTrak. When students search for a job in the database, they can find a large number of opportunities. Although Rowdy Jobs is an excellent tool for UTSA students seeking employment or internships, other avenues do exist. Scheduling an appointment with a Career Counselor is the best way to learn about these additional opportunities.

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10. What do employers look for in a candidate?
In general, employers look for students who are highly motivated, able to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely, and can demonstrate skills sets in areas such as leadership and teamwork. Employers also are interested in academic and employment background as well as a certain level of aptitude with the interviewing process. More specifically, employers most highly value candidates with multiple internship and experiential opportunities on their résumé. Although no two employers are looking for the same employee with the same history or experiences, all employers want to find the right fit for their company.

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11. If a UTSA student is considering pursuing graduate school in business administration, should they apply while an undergraduate?
It depends on what type of program they are interested in. Most MBA programs require a minimum number of years of work-related experience. While there are some MBA programs that do not have this requirement, we encourage students to research MBA programs and determine application requirements. Test scores, such as GMAT or GRE, can be an indicator of which programs students will be eligible for as well.

There are several areas of MBA programs which prospective students should research including:
1. Career Services and placement for MBA candidates
2. Academic coursework electives and options to focus in one specific area
3. Alumni - where do they work and do students have access to them during their time in the program
4. The presence of part-time vs. full-time programs

It’s important to remember that graduate school in any discipline is a significant investment and should be given careful consideration. 

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12. What are most students starting salaries upon graduation?
Starting salaries vary based on several factors. If a graduate stays in San Antonio, for example, a starting salary will be a bit different from a student who moves to New York City. However, based on recent data, students usually have starting salaries between $35,000 and $50,000. However, some graduates have gotten large signing bonuses and a significantly higher starting salary. The important fact about having a degree is that it helps you to move up where those who don’t have one might not. Also important to note are that often accounting, finance and information systems majors make slightly higher salaries than those in the marketing, management or tourism marketing disciplines.

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13. Which companies are hiring UTSA College of Business students?
Many companies recruit students from UTSA. Some of these include H-E-B, Rackspace Managed Hosting, AllianceBernstein, Wells Fargo Bank, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Target Corporation, Valero, USAA, Ernst and Young, Merrill Lynch, KPMG, Deloitte and Touche, and Disney. Many additional companies of varying sizes and locations recruit at UTSA. By working with the CSPD, students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from some of the best and most profitable companies in the world.

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14. How important is Grade Point Average (GPA) when it comes to job prospects following graduation?
Employers seek a portfolio of skills, qualities and aptitudes from candidates. For some employers, GPA can be the determining factor in granting an interview. Combined with work experience, involvement in clubs and activities, community service, a strong GPA makes a candidate very competitive and creates multiple opportunities for the student. However, students who excel in other areas or have had full-time jobs while attending school full-time should also highlight their specific strengths in their résumés. These aspects of a student’s educational experience are also highly valuable to employers. The Career Counselors at the CSPD can certainly help students to create resumes that highlight their specific strengths.

In summation, a balance of academics and activities is key but a stronger GPA will open more opportunities to students. 

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15. Are Career Fairs offered at UTSA? How important are they to my student's career development?
Several Career Fairs are held on campus throughout the school year. Major-specific career fairs and campus-wide fairs are both scheduled during the semester. These are important opportunities for students to network, learn about companies and positions and lay the groundwork for great full-time, internship or co-op opportunities.

To find out the dates and times for the next Career Fair, students should check the upcoming calendar of events on Rowdy Jobs or watch for fliers outside the CSPD. These sources are also important for finding out details about workshops, information sessions and other critical job search dates. Additionally, CSPD Career Counselors can provide information to students about career fairs and job search opportunities outside of UTSA.  

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16. How can my company get involved with the Center for Student Professional Development?
To find out more about opportunities to work with students, click the “Volunteer to Help” button on the Employer menu. Additionally, to request to post a job or to set up an internship opportunity, e-mail our Director of Professional Development. Finally, calling the CSPD at (210) 458-4039 or visiting our office in the Business Building (Room 2.01.08) are other ways to get in touch with our staff about the partnerships we can foster to create opportunities for UTSA students and your company.

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17. Can I visit the Center for Student Professional Development and meet with a staff member about opportunities for my student?
We are happy to provide information to parents about our services and the opportunities that will help your student succeed. However, it is vital that your student assumes primary responsibility for their own career development. Please encourage your student to visit with our staff to guide them with career endeavors. 

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18. How can I be supportive of my student during a discouraging job search process?

Turning rejection into a positive experience is an important life lesson. Hopefully, your student will be able to continue the job search even if their dream company does not accept them. To help them along in this process, remind your student of their good qualities. Also, remind them about the competitive nature of job searching. Encourage them to apply for as many opportunities as possible. Additionally, help them to build their network and encourage them to use it.

Additionally, urge your student to visit a Career Counselor or continue searching Rowdy Jobs to help them find additional opportunities. Finally, assure your student that even if s/he is not accepted for an internship, there is still the potential to be hired on full time after graduation. Remind them to never give up!

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