Big careers start on our small campus: 5 ways TXWES helps with career prep
I want to go to college and not get a job when I graduate. Said no one. Ever. That’s why Texas Wesleyan focuses on what’s most important — you and your career. Here are 5 ways going Smaller. Smarter. can help you get career ready.
1. You’ll get hands-on learning in small classes
Picture this: You’re in class with 60 plus students. Your professor doesn’t know your name and never has time to answer your questions. You scramble to take notes, but it’s hard to hear all the way in the back row. You ask your neighbor if he heard the professor, but he shakes his head no. He’s not even taking notes. It feels like you aren’t going to be able to get the information you need for the test — much less your career. How can you interview for your dream job without knowing the basics?
Now toss that image out of your brain. Because that’s not what you’ll get at Texas Wesleyan.
Our classes are small, so we can focus on you and your education. You’ll gain hands-on experiences doing real world tasks that prepare you for your career — like conducting research in labs, managing real financial funds or diving underwater to become a certified SCUBA diver. And your professors will be right beside you, helping you gain the confidence you need to take on any challenge.
2. You'll receive career mentorship from a faculty member
Each semester, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with your faculty advisor (aka a professor in your major) to talk about your career goals. And since they’re experts in the field, they’ll know exactly what steps you’ll need to take to land that dream job — whether it’s taking a specific class, adding a minor or helping you find internships in the field.
And if you’re not sure what you’re majoring in yet, don’t worry. Our professors can help you figure out a good fit. They’re here to help you prepare for a great career or continue your education with graduate school.
3. You’ll have access to free Career Services
At Texas Wesleyan, you have free access to our Career Services even after graduation. From helping you with your resume and doing mock interviews to getting help with career counseling and finding a job, Career Services is a great resource.
You can schedule one-on-one appointments with a career counselor or use any of their free resources to browse jobs, match your personality and interests to careers or get tips on networking and interviewing. Career Services even offers career fairs throughout the year, so you can network with businesses around the area — and maybe even land an internship or job.
4. You'll have opportunities that transcend the classroom
Learning skills is one thing but putting them to the test is another. Many of our students compete in regional and national competitions, speak at conferences and take part in campus events to put what they’ve learned in class into shiny awards and experiences on their resume.
Our professors work with you to help you find ways to show off your skills. They can help you create presentations, prepare for competitions or even gain a few bits of information on how to be a confident speaker, competitor or performer.
Not to mention, winning awards and presenting your work is a great way to make your resume stand out and provides talking points during interviews or on that grad school application.
5. You can make your resume more well-rounded by joining clubs and organizations
One of the best things about going to a small school is having more opportunities to be a leader on campus. And with over 30 clubs and organizations, there’s a lot of ways you can support campus and our local community.
Gain leadership experience by taking an office in Student Government, becoming an editor for the student media group, taking charge in the student diversity & inclusion student programs or being an officer for organizations like the Black Student Association, the Asian Student Association, the Gay-Straight Alliance and more. You could even go above and beyond and complete our leadership certificate program.
Volunteering is a great way to get experience, help out our community and spend time making a difference. Many of our campus organizations have ways to volunteer — from spending time at the local food banks or helping launch local businesses. Local organizations also look for students with skills they need, like helping spread info with social media, tutoring elementary students, educating the community on conservation and more. Career Services can help match you with opportunities.
By getting involved outside the classroom, you’re more likely to land a job. In fact, moster.com says that volunteers have a 27% higher chance of finding a job than non-volunteers; and a study done at Ohio State University showed students who were moderately-involved or highly-involved in campus activities were 2 to 3 times more likely to be considered for a job. Now that’s a big deal!
With our hands-on approach, mentoring, free resources and opportunities for involvement, our Smaller. Smarter. campus has helped many students become movers & shakers in their careers.