Effective immediately, STRIVE Career Center is now the Career and Professional Development Center. We look forward to assisting on your career and professional development journey.

The Career and Professional Development Center is committed to helping you find a vocation that aligns with your personal values and educational background. At St. Mary’s, we prepare you for more than just a career; we prepare you for your life’s work that is your true calling.

Students network with a potential employer at a career fair.
  • Career and Professional Development Center

    (noun) St. Mary’s University’s career services center for students, alumni and employers.

Temporary Online Services

In addition to in-person services, the Career and Professional Development Center is available for appointments via email, telephone and Zoom video conference. To schedule a time, please book through Handshake or email us at rattlercareers@stmarytx.edu.

The Resources tab within Handshake has access to outlines for resumes and cover letters, tips on interviewing, and access links to our online platforms including PathwayU, Candid Careers and Resume Target.

Graduates employed in positions that align with their life goals
Undergraduate students completed an internship while enrolled
Enter graduate or professional school within 18 months of graduating
May/August 2019 grads employed or enrolled in graduate school

What is the Career and Professional Development Center?

The Career Center at St. Mary’s University engages campus and community partners to provide vocational and experiential education opportunities from your first year on campus until long after you graduate.

These innovative programs engage alumni, parents, faculty, staff, employers and citizens of the community in strategic partnerships.

Our educational purpose is to develop essential life skills and career competencies that bridge professionalism with character-driven values, to inspire students and alumni to pursue a successful career journey.

Services and resources of the Career Center are available to students in all disciplines and all St. Mary’s University alumni. For more information regarding student or alumni services, visit the Student or Alumni webpage.

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Find Your Intersection

The Career Center seeks to offer a variety of programming and services geared to help students discover the perfect intersection at which their Mission, Vocation, Profession and Passion overlap.

It shows the overlaps between Passion, Mission, Vocation and Profession to reflect that which you love, that which the world needs, that for which you can be paid and that at which you are good, leading you to the perfect intersection of your chosen career.
The model above was adapted from the Japanese Ikigai model. Ikigai is a concept meaning “a reason for being.”

Explore Our Services

Find out how the Career Center helps students, alumni and employers alike.

The Career Center offers free career counseling and advising for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines and alumni.

Students and alumni can schedule individual appointments to discuss career and major exploration, switching carers, finding a job or internship and more.

Career counseling and advising

Tables sponsored by outside organizations are regularly set up on campus to reach, recruit and inform students of job and internship opportunities. Sessions are also open to students, offering them a chance to hear in-depth information about an employer’s culture, vision and organizational needs.

Are you an employer hoping to set up an information table or session? Contact the Career and Professional Development Center at rattlercareers@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3102 to learn more.

Information tables and sessions

The Career Center sponsors and co-sponsors job, internship and professional school fairs for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the year.

Students can find networking opportunities, and participate in on-campus interviews and resume collections.

Job and Internship Fairs

Students and alumni can take advantage of the many online programs offered, including the successful Pathways to Success.

Want to learn more? Visit the Student or Alumni Resources webpages.

Online Workshops

Our counselors, part-time graduate assistants, and student peer advisors are trained to review résumés, checking for format, content and relevancy. They can also provide assistance in the creation of résumés, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and personal statement documents.

Résumé Creation and Review

All students and alumni are welcome to set up an on-campus interview with a potential employer after submitting their résumé and application.

Before interviewing, students are encouraged to schedule and attend an interview prep session and practice interview with a career counselor.

On-Campus Interviews

Through our services and resources, students and alumni can connect with and apply to top employers in the San Antonio area and the nation, including USAA, H-E-B, Google, Union Pacific and more.

See more top companies for employment and internships on the For Students page.

Connecting with Top Companies

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The Career and Professional Development Center
St. Mary’s University
University Center, First Floor

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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