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Success Stories: Jose

Reach out to professionals and network whenever you can.

How have you benefited from using the Career Center services?

The Career Center, over the last 4 years, has helped me become more acquainted with the general process of recruiting for particular career fields. Without understanding the timeline, requirements and steps necessary to pursue the career I will be joining after graduation, I don’t think I would have had the same level of success.

How did working with the Career Center impact your internship/job search?

The staff at the Career Center helped fill the knowledge gap I had about the different careers that were available to a finance major. To take it a step further, they were able to connect me to plenty of TCU alumni, through the Transaction and Investment Professional Board, who were currently in the workforce so that they too could help me understand what was out there and provide guidance on how I could land a job in that particular discipline.

What was the most helpful advice given to you by the Career Center?

Reach out to professionals and network whenever you can. It’s never too soon to reach out and meet people who could potentially expose you to a job or industry you didn’t know you would enjoy. Ultimately, who you know also plays a big role on obtaining the job of your dreams.

What challenges were you facing and how did the Career Center help you solve them or motivate you to solve them?

I came in to Neeley with very little knowledge and understanding of what I wanted to do. Additionally, I didn’t have many connections out in the professional world that could provide me with enough resources to help me figure this out. The Alcon Career Center, specifically Jessica Cates, not only helped me find where I would be a good fit, but also provided me with a framework for me to be able to obtain the job I now have.

What advice would you give others facing the same challenges you did?

Reach out to those with more experience and connections, like the staff at the career center, as early as you can. The sooner you figure out what you like and how that aligns with the jobs and opportunities in the workforce, the sooner you’ll be able to prepare and land your dream job.
Where there any specific events you went to that were beneficial? If so which one and why was it helpful?
Company information sessions were always a favorite of mine. There’s no better way of learning about a job and networking than by having the opportunity to meet and listen to the professionals who currently work there.