The mission of the Office of Career Services is to support and empower students and alumni on their career paths by teaching lifelong employability and career management skills, and providing resources, guidance, and learning opportunities to help them successfully gain employment and manage their careers.
Career Services offers students and alumni one-on-one career advising, resources for employability development, access to a dynamic online job board and resume builder (Wade Career Connection), on-campus workshops, opportunities to connect with industry professionals and prospective employers, and many other resources and services for the purposes of:
- Helping students and alumni navigate the career search process for gainful employment;
- Promoting understanding about the necessary competencies and skills required to qualify for immediate employment and career advancement; and
- Encouraging students and alumni to be engaged in continual self-improvement and professional development to maintain long-standing careers in the merchandising and design fields.
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Wade Career Connection
The Wade Career Connection system replaces the Wade College Job Board and offers more opportunities and options for students, alumni, and employers. Wade Career Connection allows registered students and alumni to apply for jobs, track job search progress, create resumes using the resume builder, schedule appointments for career advising, RSVP for interviews and workshops, receive important announcements, and much more all in one location! Wade Career Connection is filled with exciting opportunities offered exclusively to Wade College students and alumni while also including national job postings
One-On-One Career Advising
One-on-one career advising allows students and alumni to receive focused attention to address individual needs and answer questions concerning career development such as job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and career exploration. Students and alumni are encouraged to schedule an appointment via the Wade Career Connection.
One of the benefits of Wade College’s proximity to the Dallas World Trade Center is the exposure students have to businesses and activities of one of the world's largest wholesale marketplaces. Many showrooms and vendors offer qualified students and alumni opportunities to work not only during scheduled markets but also throughout the year. Market jobs are frequently posted on the Wade Career Connection and range from temporary to full-time. For a list of upcoming markets, please visit the Dallas Market Center website.
Businesses within North Park Mall, West Village, and the Galleria are just a few that offer part-time opportunities and are located near the college campus and college-sponsored housing. The Wade Career Connection includes these part-time job postings to assist students seeking employment within the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Past companies recruiting part-time help include NORDSTROM, Forever 21, American Apparel, Dillard’s, ZARA, Ann Taylor LOFT, Ralph Lauren, Dallas Design District Showrooms, and many more.
Online Job Search & Career Resources
Popular Public Posting Sites:
LinkedIn Jobs: Resource to assist students and alumni in their job and internship searches
Indeed: Comprehensive job listings from company websites and job boards.
Monster: Job listings
StyleCareers: Large fashion-only job listing site in the U.S.
Professional Organizations with regional and local chapters (includes job banks):
FGI – Fashion Group International
DSVC – Dallas Society of Visual Communications
AIGA – American Institute of Graphic Arts
ASID – American Society of Interior Designers
IIDA – International Interior Design Association
IDS – Interior Design Society
On-Campus Workshops and Industry Professionals
Past on-campus workshop topics have focused on methods of job search, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, business etiquette, self promotion, dressing for success, public speaking, and many more topics related to professionalism. Industry professionals are regularly invited as on-campus guest speakers offering inspiration, sharing knowledge of up-to-date industry practices and standards, and showing students how to be a professional in the merchandising and/or design fields. Students my visit the Wade Career Connection for announcements about upcoming events.
On-Campus Interviews/Job Fairs
Wade College attracts wholesale, retail, and corporate recruiters and executives to recruit on campus, review resumes and portfolios, and interview students. Through on-campus recruiting interviews, employers are able to select students to fill full-time and part-time positions, market positions, and internships. Past Employers who recruited on-campus include MICHAEL KORS, Blue Moose Tees, AndraGroup, J.Hilburn, BCBG, Macy’s, and Hallmark.
Professional Portfolio Critique and External Advisory Council
Graduating students from the Associate of Arts degree program are given a chance to hone their job-search skills in the Portfolio Design and Presentation class. In this capstone class, students are given the opportunity to assimilate all that they have learned while at Wade College; the final product is a professional portfolio showcasing the work they have done while a student at Wade College. All students, regardless of concentration, will produce a portfolio suited to their career needs. At the conclusion of the trimester, eligible graduating students present their portfolios to a panel of industry professionals at the Professional Portfolio Critique and receive constructive feedback for additional preparation for real-world presentations and employment.
Graduating students the Bachelor of Arts degree program have the opportunity to produce a career-focused professional portfolio showcasing the advanced work they have completed in the Bachelor of Arts program at Wade College and work gained in the industry. The Professional Practices course also allows students to refine their career planning tools, practical strategies, self-promotion methods to facilitate career success. At the conclusion of the trimester, eligible graduating Bachelor of Arts students will showcase their professional portfolio to the External Advisory Council. The council, consisting of independent, third-party industry professionals, who evaluate each student’s portfolio presentation based on the viability of their portfolio work, organization, attention to detail, and the readiness for employment or self-employment
Merchandising & Design Industry Panel Discussion