Business students speaks with employer at career fair

Cardinal Career Readiness Program

Students in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration are required to earn a minimum of 50 points prior to graduation in order to complete the Cardinal Career Readiness Program. Progress is tracked through UIW Engage.

  • Students must earn a set amount of points for each academic year. Each year has a list of mandatory activities, which students are required to complete, and a list of elective activities from which students can choose in order to reach the set amount of points designated for each academic year.
  • Points may be earned in advance. For example, sophomores may complete activities from the Junior and Senior year pathway. However, events attended in Freshman year and counted toward Freshman points will not count toward Sophomore, Junior or Senior year.
  • Transfer students are required to accumulate 50 points but are not required to complete Freshman or Sophomore activities (except for creating a Handshake profile).

Freshman Year | 5 points required

  • Mandatory Activities

    Students are required to complete the following activities to in order to earn a total of 5 points during their freshman year.

    • Join a student-led business organization within the H-E-B School of Business. Click here to see a list of clubs.
      • 1 point per club, no more than 2 points allowed from this category
    • Attend 4 events or meetings organized by any student-led business organization and/or career services.
      • 1 point per attended meeting or event

Sophomore Year | 10 points required

  • Mandatory Activities

    Students must complete the following mandated activities in order to earn 6 points toward the required 10 points for their sophomore year.

  • Elective Activities

    Students must earn a total of 4 points from the elective activities below, combined with the 6 points from the mandated activities list above, in order to complete the required 10 points for their sophomore year.

    • Attend student-led business organization meetings
      • 1 point per meeting (no more than 3)
    • Attend UIW Career Services events other than those listed in required section
      • 1 point per event (no more than 3)
    • Recruit member for any student-led business organization
      • 1 point
    • Become and officer in a student-led business organization
      • 3 points
    • Community service within discipline
      • 4 points

Junior Year | 15 points required

  • Mandatory Activities

    Students must complete the following mandated activities in order to earn 6 points toward the required 15 points for their junior year.

  • Elective Activities

    Students must earn a total of 9 points from the elective activities below, combined with the 6 points from the mandated activities list above, in order to complete the required 15 points for their junior year.

    • Take professional-looking head shot and add it to your LinkedIn profile
      • 1 point, mandatory by senior year
    • Attend student-led business organization meetings
      • 1 point per meeting (no more than 3)
    • Attend UIW Career Services events other than those listed
      • 1 point per event (no more than 3)
    • Attend professional organization’s meetings or events
      • 2 points per event
    • Attend a UIW mock interview session
      • 3 points, mandatory by senior year
    • Attend UIW Dress for Success Event
      • 3 points, mandatory by senior year
    • Bring an approved outside speaker to class or student-led business organization meeting
      • 3 points
    • Attend UIW Career Fair
      • 3 points
    • Attend UIW Etiquette Dinner
      • 3 points
    • Become an officer in a student-led business organization
      • 3 points
    • Attend faculty-led business visit
      • 3 points
    • Community service within discipline
      • 4 points
    • Join a professional organization related to your chosen field/discipline
      • 4 points
    • Find a mentor in your field. Meet at least twice.
      • 4 points
    • Complete an interest inventory on O*NET Online
      • 4 points
    • Attend professional conference (out of town)
      • 5 points
    • Participate in Leadership Lab
      • 5 points
    • Participate in faculty-led program that includes office visits
      • 5 points
    • Organize professional conference
      • 8 points
    • Participate in a student competition related to business
      • 8 points
    • Finalist in student competition
      • 8 points
    • Tutor any business discipline at UIW Tutoring Services
      • 4 points per semester
    • Internship within your chosen field/discipline
      • 8 points
    • Attain an industry or software certification (ISACA, SIE, Microsoft, Office, Google, etc.)
      • 8 points

Senior Year | 20 points required

  • Mandatory Activities

    Students must complete the following mandated activities in order to earn 10 points toward the required 20 points for their senior year.

    • Take professional-looking head shot and add it to your LinkedIn profile
      • 1 point, if not done in junior year
    • Attend H-E-B School of Business Career Fair
      • 3 points, if not done in junior year
    • Attend a UIW mock interview session
      • 3 points, if not done in junior year
    • Attend UIW Dress for Success event
      • 3 points, if not done in junior year
  • Elective Activities

    Students must earn a total of 10 points from the elective activities below, combined with the 10 points from the mandated activities list above, in order to complete the required 20 points for their senior year.

    • Attend student-led business organization meeting
      • 1 point per meeting (no more than 3)
    • Attend Career Services events other than those listed in mandatory activities
      • 1 point per event (no more than 3)
    • Verified job interview
      • 1 point
    • Attend professional organization’s meetings or events
      • 3 points per event
    • Attend UIW alumni networking event
      • 3 points
    • Attend UIW Etiquette Dinner
      • 3 points
    • Become an officer in student-led business organization
      • 3 points
    • Community service within discipline
      • 4 points
    • Join a professional organization related to your field/discipline
      • 4 points
    • Find a mentor in your field. Meet at least twice.
      • 4 points
    • Participate in faculty-led program that includes office visits
      • 5 points
    • Participate in Leadership Lab
      • 5 points, if not done in junior year
    • Attend professional conference (out of town)
      • 5 points
    • Tutor any business discipline at UIW Tutoring Services
      • 4 points per semester
    • Organize professional conference
      • 8 points
    • Internship within field/discipline
      • 8 points
    • Participate in a student competition related to business
      • 8 points
    • Finalist in student competition related to business
      • 8 points
    • Submission/acceptance/presentation in UIW Research Week
      • 8 points
    • Accepted job offer
      • 8 points
    • Take GMAT
      • 8 points