Ready to meet with one of our career counselors? Call us at 210-436-3102, or schedule an appointment via Handshake.

Effective immediately, STRIVE Career Center is now the St. Mary’s University Career and Professional Development Center. We look forward to assisting with your career and professional development journey.

Explore Your Potential

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

A student meets with a potential employer at a career fair.

Through our services, the Career Center develops you into a potential candidate for employers because of the rigor of your academics at St. Mary’s, the relationships our center builds with internal and external employers, and the relevance of your education and professional development as transferrable skills in the workforce. 

We believe your career journey leads you to the intersection at which your Mission, Passion, Vocation and Profession overlap.

Student Resources

The Career and Professional Development Center offers multiple programs and software to help students hone their interests, knowledge and skills, and guide them along their career path, including:

  • Handshake

    Handshake is a job platform that allows users to do more than just apply to jobs. It features peer-to-peer feedback on jobs and internships, appointment scheduling and personalized job recommendations.

  • PathwayU

    PathwayU is an education and planning platform that guides students to degree completion and career paths. The program allows students to discover their purpose and passion, explore education and career paths, and connect them with opportunities that resonate with them.

  • Pathways to Success

    Pathways to Success is a Canvas course that helps students discover their gifts, passions, interests, values and skills. Pathways offers students a chance to explore and compare traits and skills with local companies, build skills through video workshops, and develop or sharpen résumés through a résumé-writing program.

  • Am I Job Ready?

    Assess and develop your soft skills, core strengths and areas for improvement with the Am I Job Ready? platform. Through assessment tests and interactive videos, you can develop proficiency in 16 soft skills, including flexibility and decision making, and earn badges along the way.

  • Résumé Target

    Résumé Target is a student résumé service that helps you identify your transferable skills, knowledge and practical experience and develop them on paper. Review sample résumés and get one-on-one assistance to show your future employer your understanding of your chosen field.

  • Candid Career

    Candid Career offers an extensive library of career videos for students seeking career guidance. Watch thousands of videos featuring industry professionals offering insight and in-depth knowledge of their jobs and journeys from college to career.

Student Services

The Career Center offers students career counseling, workshops, résumé review, job and internship fairs and more.

  • Information Tables

    Throughout the academic year, the center invites local and national organizations to sponsor information tables in popular student areas around campus. Chat with a representative to learn about the organization and available positions, or bring your résumé by for collection.

  • Job and Internship Fairs

    The Career Center sponsors and co-sponsors several job, internship and professional school fairs, both general and industry-specific, throughout the academic year. Meet with representatives from local and national companies for on-the-spot interviews and receive insight on available positions.

  • Résumé Critique

    The Career Center has trained staff members and students available to provide assistance for the creation and revision of résumés. Schedule an appointment with a counselor, graduate assistant or student peer adviser to review your résumé and check for formatting, content and relevancy.

  • On-Campus Interviews

    Interview with a potential employer right here on campus. After you’ve submitted your résumé to an organization on Handshake, we can assist with setting up an on-campus interview.

  • Mock Interviews

    Got a big interview coming up? Graduating soon? Schedule an interview prep session or mock interview with one of our career counselors to ensure you’re prepared.

  • Career Counseling

    Looking for career advice? Schedule an appointment with one of our full-time career counselors or graduate assistants to discuss career and major exploration, finding a job or internship, interviewing, and more.

Special Events

  • Résumania

    Meet face-to-face with alumni and recruiter partners and receive feedback on your résumé.

  • Speed Networking

    Network with hiring managers and recruiters to learn networking and job-search techniques, as well as available jobs and internships.

  • Senior Scramble

    Open to graduating seniors, the Senior Scramble offers seniors an opportunity to find and land a full-time job before graduation.

Top Companies for Full-Time Employment

  • USAA
  • H-E-B
  • Frost Bank
  • Google
  • Union Pacific
  • Idea Public Schools
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Macy’s
  • ProScribe
  • SWBC

Top Companies for Internships

  • USAA
  • VA Hospital
  • City of San Antonio
  • SWBC
  • Bloomberg
  • Frost Bank
  • Google
  • Labatt Food Service
  • Union Pacific
  • Northwestern Mutual

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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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