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Edgar Felix

Business Administration in Management, May ’21
Employer-led Professional Development Institute (EPDI) Fall ’20 Cohort
Edgar Felix completed the Employer-led Professional Development Institute (EPDI) in the fall of 2020. He started at UTEP in the fall of 2018 as a Terry Transfer Scholarship recipient, after having completed part of his general studies at El Paso Community College. Edgar is majoring in general management, minoring in marketing, and is pursuing a certification in Enterprise Resource Planning. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“UTEP has many resources on campus and I encourage students to take advantage of them. As soon as I heard about EPDI, I knew I had to join and hoped it would lead to something after my graduation.”

The Employer-led Professional Development Institute (EPDI) is a six-week program that offers students over a dozen virtual workshops led by local and regional employers from corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. After having filled out a survey during the EPDI workshop entitled, Map Your Career, Edgar was recruited for a full-time position with Oracle – the computer technology corporation that hosted the workshop. “During the interview process, I was well prepared to express all of the skills and advantages that I have gained throughout my student career. I am excited to share that I was offered a full-time position as a Cloud Analyst and will be starting in May.”

Edgar was highly involved in student organizations while attending El Dorado High School, and expressed he wanted to continue giving back while attending UTEP. Upon enrolling at UTEP in 2018, Edgar joined the Terry Scholars Student Organization as an officer, and later served as president from 2019-2020. Between 2018 and 2020, Edgar also served as an intern with numerous employers including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Department of Housing and Residence Life at UTEP, the Student Engagement and Leadership Center at UTEP, and the U.S. House of Representatives where he drafted more than 150 congressional inquiries to federal, state, and local agencies and reported a status to constituents.

“When I received the offer from Oracle, I was prepared to handle that conversation; the EPDI workshops set the foundation for me and I knew what to look for.” While enrolled in EPDI, Edgar participated in the workshop entitled, You Received a Job Offer – Now What? – a session hosted by Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oil field service companies. He shared how interested he was in that workshop as the presenter explained what an offer letter should comprise and reminded students to look for specific items such as benefits. Edgar shared he feels a great sense of relief knowing that he has a job waiting for him after graduation.

Edgar encourages all students to join EPDI. “Not only are you given the resources of networking, but you’re also getting paid to do it.”