Navigating Career Paths in the Liberal Arts

At St. Edward's University, we recognize that our graduates will likely have multiple career transitions throughout their professional lives. We are committed to preparing you not only for your first job out of college, but for a lifetime of purposeful employment. 

A career is a trajectory of professional experiences that reflects your purpose, develops and employs your skills, and evolves over time. Your career path begins in college through exploration, preparation, and experience. Navigating Career Paths is an intentional program in which you will:

three phases of the process

  • learn about yourself and your values
  • identify transferable skills you're acquiring from your studies and engagement in campus activities
  • build important career management skills, and 
  • engage in experience-based learning and reflection that will inform your career decisions 

Get started on your path.

Programming and activities are designed for all undergraduate students at St. Edward's University, regardless of major. Contact erinr [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Navigating%20Career%20Paths%20inquiry) (Erin Ray), program co-director, for additional information.

We are eager to collaborate with faculty members to deepen the impact and further the reach of the Navigating Career Paths program. For more information, contact kimg [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Navigating%20Career%20Paths%20collaboration) (Kim Garza), Associate Professor of Graphic Design and co-director of Navigating Career Paths.

 

Discover, Discern, Explore

The St. Edward's University mission statement calls us to help students "understand themselves, clarify their personal values, and recognize their responsibility to the world community."

In Navigating Career Paths, you'll complete a personality assessment and values inventory to discover more about who you are. You'll attend workshops to explore how your ideas about your future are shaped by your personality and values.

Build, Develop, Prepare

The working world is a rapidly changing landscape heavily influenced by technology and globalization. It is now commonplace to hear professors, students, advisors, and parents acknowledge that the jobs of tomorrow do not yet exist today. How do you prepare to build and maintain a career in such swiftly evolving times?

Your liberal arts education is exceptional preparation for the career realities that await you upon graduation. Employers seek to hire individuals capable of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These skills are at the heart of your liberal arts degree.

In Navigating Career Paths, you'll learn to identify these transferable skills by attending career panels and networking with alumni and employers. You'll also build crucial career management skills such as resume-writing, social media networking, and interviewing skills to accelerate your career readiness.

Engage, Experience, Reflect

Experience is one of the best teachers. Internships, research, employment, service, and community-engaged learning are ways you can apply what you’re learning in the classroom, "try on" career ideas, reflect on the experience, and use what you learn to inform your career decisions.

In Navigating Career Paths, you'll engage in at least one experience-based learning opportunity to gain experience and reflect on what you've learned.

Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

All universities and colleges undergo a re-accreditation process every 10 years as a normal part of demonstrating their educational quality, institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement. St. Edward’s University participated in this process conducted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of higher education institutions in the Southern states. Navigating Career Paths in the Liberal Arts has been approved by SACSCOC as the Quality Enhancement Plan. Read the full Quality Enhancement Plan.