The Professional Careers and Employability area offers specialized advice to students in the processes that affect their employability and entrepreneurship.
88% of our students find employment less than 18 months after completing their studies.
86% of the employed graduates work in the sector corresponding to their studies.
15% of our graduates work in their own companies.
The following services and activities are offered to all undergraduate and graduate students and Alumni:
Personalized guidance service through which you can review your résumé, or get answers to specific questions.
Events such as Career Week, where we are visited by companies from each sector and motivational speakers who introduce you to the professional realities you will face beyond the classrooms.
Training and information workshops, inspirational talks and cross-disciplinary sessions aimed at better understanding the realities of the working world and developing skills.
Guidance resources in the job market and professional tools.
Forums and presentations in which you can network with experts from the business world.
Activities with active professionals where you can discuss more specific topics related to the job market, such as the skills and abilities demanded most or the use of professional networks.
Entrepreneuring Club, where the students themselves, accompanied by their professors, begin entrepreneuring before they finish their studies.
What can we do for you?
We want to make a great professional out of you. Companies are looking for professionals with a skill set that meets the needs of the current job market.
The Professional Careers and Employability area will accompany you to help you improve your professional profile and help you find job opportunities.
Career Week came from the need to keep in close contact with the business world. To do that, we created an annual event to provide an online space in which to interact with companies and entities in your sector. During Career Week, you can network with recruiters from companies and entities in various sectors, discover the most demanded professional profiles and how you can add value to your profile.
In our most recent edition, Virtual Career Week 2021, our students and alumni were able to enjoy over 100 companies, 60 webinars and 300 offers for jobs, internships and grants.
Below, we provide you with useful and practical information to answer basic questions before facing a selection process: What is a résumé and how do I adapt it to my career? Should I include a professional profile? How should I prepare for an interview?
This is a document that complements your résumé in which you indicate why you feel you are right for the offer and you present yourself with a more personal tone.
What it should contain
Header: Personal information (name, professional title) and contact information (email address, phone number) and employer information (name, job, company).
Salutation: aimed at the employer personally. If you know the job and/or name of the person you are addressing, personalize it!
Introduction: personal, yet professional, presentation, adapted to the job and the company (How did you learn about this vacancy/company? Why are you writing this letter?)
Body: why are you the best candidate and why is the job perfect for you. Indicate your most recent and/or relevant job, as well as some skills, achievements or projects to highlight in relation to the job.
Close: provide information on your availability to receive a call or conduct an interview, and add your name (signature). You can also repeat your contact information.
Try to avoid
Do not send a standard letter without personalizing it.
It must always be accompanied by a good résumé.
Do not limit yourself to repeating what is in your résumé.
The length should not be much more than half a sheet of paper.
Spelling and grammar must be impeccable.
Use storytelling, highlight what makes you different.
Highlight the skills/abilities that are most related to the job.
Use vocabulary appropriate to the field you are applying in.
Follow the same style/template as your résumé.
Brief summary/presentation about who you are professionally, including information relevant to the offer.
It is a paragraph of 5-6 lines at the start of your résumé and is not required.
How to respond correctly? Here are some tips that can help you answer the typical interview questions and know how to respond to the most complicated ones.
Tell me about yourself. Combine skills with the description of yourself. Point out your “Unique Selling Proposition”, what makes you different.
What do you know about our company? Research the company’s website in advance. Highlight the projects and areas of the company culture that fit best with your profile.
Why are you interested in this job? Take this opportunity to show your enthusiasm about working with them! Briefly indicate your experience related to the duties of the job. Combine it with the company’s projects and culture.
Strengths and Weaknesses. Avoid the typical answers; be honest. Give examples of your strengths (why do you think you have them, how have you developed them, etc.). Select areas of improvement that are not related to the job and always indicate the actions you are taking to improve them.
Handling Complicated Situations. Focus on your contribution to the action and the result obtained. Indicate whether other people contributed to the resolution.
What motivates you? Be professional and indicate why. Try to tie it into the skills that can play in your favor.
What do you have that other candidates don’t? / Why should I hire you? Talk about what you can contribute beyond your technical knowledge. Highlight your affinity to the company culture. Summarize your profile based on the duties of the job.
Why do you want to leave your current job? Don't speak poorly of your experience in another company; focus on your development and desire to face new challenges.
Personal Questions. You are not required to answer. The recommendation is to tell the truth naturally.
Questions About Salary. Highlight that the most important thing is not the salary, that you value other things such as the project and the opportunities for growth they offer.
What can we do together?
In Professional Careers, we work on the employability of our students and alumni through three pillars: Accompaniment, Training and Job Opportunities. Companies and institutions are one of the essential pillars in meeting our goal of improving the employability of our students and graduates.
We invite you to join us in a series of specific actions that we are starting up, but we are open to any activity that you see fit; just let us know. The University is the perfect place to access and understand young talent and for all of us to continue weaving our network of contacts.
Email us at email@example.com and we will gladly organize a meeting.
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