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From Classroom to Career

After graduating from UTSA, Roadrunners are more prepared than ever to begin their careers.

UTSA places a strong emphasis on experiential, hands-on learning, which is one of the best ways students can prepare for the job market. This type of learning can happen in our outside of the classroom and includes anything from internships, lab research, service learning projects, studying abroad and more.

Experiential learning will broaden your knowledge of both the professional world and life outside it. These experiences will help you develop skills that are highly sought after by employers, such as teamwork, communication and critical thinking.

Here are some stories from our recent grads that highlight the resources and opportunities that they received at UTSA, and the experiential learning that often came with it.

Sarah Gibbens 15′ English | Journalist

As a journalist for National Geographic, Sarah writes stories on plastic pollution, threats to marine environments, the fishing industry and climate change. She’s traveled to the Atacama desert in Chile to write about solar energy, the Bahamas to do a story about sharks and L.A. to interview DJ and songwriter Zedd.

As a Roadrunner, Sarah was the editor-in-chief of The Paisano, UTSA’s student newspaper where she received a crash course in journalism. She worked closely with Diane Abdo, a professor in UTSA’s Writing Program and advisor to the paper.

Sarah’s advice to Future Roadrunners is to find someone, whether it’s a professor, advisor or tutor, to be a mentor. “A good mentor will push you more than you can push yourself. They’ll be there to support you when you mess up. I didn’t think I would get the Archer Fellowship, but Dr. Eisenberg pushed me to apply and practically held my hand through the whole process.”

Garrett Gilbreath ’17 Finance | Financial Analyst

Garrett works as a financial analyst supporting engineers in Houston and South America for ExxonMobil Development Company, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation that plans and constructs upstream oil and gas projects.

Garrett will never forget when he first transferred to UTSA and walked into the Business Building and saw the Bloomberg terminal lab that is used by the Investment Society. By joining the Investment Society, he fine-tuned his resume and interview skills and gained technical skills that he now uses every day at his job.

Garrett’s advice to Future Roadrunners is to take on as many internships as possible, “Internships allow you to explore real career tracks and determine which one is best for you. It’s a way to strengthen your resume and have a job secured before you graduate, which is a huge stress relief.”

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Posted on January 15th, 2020 in Rowdy Zine