Career Advising for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Texas Career Engagement, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts offer individual career advising appointments for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Advisors work confidentially with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on a wide range of career-related topics, from self-assessment and decision-making to specific advice on resume, CV, and cover letter preparation for the job search. Graduate students often receive help from their departments on their academic job search. However, these advisors offer much in the way of additional preparation to help ensure success in today’s competitive job markets within the academy and beyond.

All currently enrolled graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can make an appointment with a graduate career advisor on the HireUTexas powered by Handshake platform (view instructions).

Career Advising Availability via web-conference is posted two weeks out every Friday. If you are unable to find an appointment, please check back later in the week. We are doing all we can to accommodate the number of students who need to make appointments.

Graduate Career Advisors

  • Annie Maxfield, MS

    Director of Graduate Career and Professional Development
    Texas Career Engagement
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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    Annie Maxfield has been helping advanced degree students and trainees across disciplines pursue their career of choice for nearly 10 years. Nationally, she is the Design and Development Lead for ImaginePhD, a free and confidential online career exploration and planning tool for humanities and social sciences that also has been used with many STEM fields. She also grew national employer education and recruitment for doctoral students by establishing the Virtual Master’s & PhD Career Fair (STEM) and worked with Connected Academics and the American Historical Association on initiatives such as Faculty Training, Humanists@work, and the MLA Doctoral Student Career Planning Guide. Annie has a strong foundation in working across industries and disciplines and is happy to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in whatever they choose to pursue. Annie’s areas of advising expertise include: the employer perspective, career exploration and planning, strategic job and interview searching, the intersection of identity and career, values, networking, professional communication, and negotiation.

  • Melanie Pearce Hooper, MA, LPC

    Associate Director, Graduate Employer Education & Experiences
    Texas Career Engagement
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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    Melanie Pearce Hooper is a career specialist with nearly 10 years experience in collaborating with employers, employer relations teams, career staff, and diverse student populations on career development and employment services. Melanie holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), she has experience in working one-on-one with graduate students on career development topics, including career research, resume/cover letter writing, interviewing, and offer/salary negotiation. As the Associate Director for Graduate Employer Education and Experiences with Texas Career Engagement, Melanie is passionate about assisting graduate students in making employer connections, networking, identifying experiential learning opportunities and increasing self branding/marketing. She previously served as a Senior Career Advisor within the Internship and Career Center at the University of California, Davis where she led employer development within the field of Biotechnology and delivered career advising services for students and scholars within the areas of Health and Biological Sciences. Prior to that, Melanie worked at The University of Texas at Austin as a Lead Career Coach and Senior Program Coordinator for Career Services within the College of Natural Sciences.

  • Olga Koutseridi, MA

    Senior Graduate Program Coordinator, Global Mobility
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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    Olga Koutseridi has 11 years of experience working in higher education at multiple institutions across the country. Her previous roles at The University of Texas at Austin include Graduate Program Coordinator and Academic Advising in the College of Liberal Arts. She received her MA from the Classics Department at UT. Her specialization is in advising international graduate students and helping graduate students design and implement individualized development plans to make the most of their time at UT. She has first-hand experience navigating the process of immigration during her time as a PhD at UT. Olga is passionate about helping graduate students find their career paths of choice and build their own professional voices. She is committed to connecting graduate students to innovative strategies and resources aimed at preparing them for achieving their individualized professional goals.

  • Tina Solvik, PhD

    Program Manager, Graduate Career Education
    Texas Career Engagement
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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    Tina Solvik has 5 years of experience working in higher education. At UT, she leads curriculum design of career education for graduate students, teaching core professional skills, career exploration, and job preparation for careers in industry, non-profit, government, and academia. She is dedicated to translating themes of pedagogy and evidence-based teaching to career education. Prior to coming to UT, Tina worked at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Office of Career and Professional Development, creating career and professional development programming and initiatives for PhDs interested in careers in industry, non-profit, and government. She also advised graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in career exploration and problem-solving related to the graduate school experience. Tina is passionate about supporting graduate students’ career development, drawing from her own experience as a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at UCSF exploring the meaning and value of her degree beyond academia. Her advising approach is to facilitate graduate students’ self-reflection, career exploration, and network building to translate their graduate experience into a unique professional identity and fulfilling career.

  • Po-Tsan Ku, PhD

    Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career Development Specialist
    College of Natural Sciences
    Pronouns: He/Him/His

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    Dr. Ku has been at his current position for more than five and a half years, providing individual coaching for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in career exploration, job searches and professional development in STEM fields. In addition to establishing and maintaining relationships with employers, he also plans, develops, and executes career exploration and professional development seminars and workshops and networking and recruitment events. Before coming to UT, Dr. Ku was a product marketing professional with more than 13 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, including at Ambion, Life Technologies, and EMD Millipore. Prior to joining the biotech industry, he completed postdoctoral training at both UT and Baylor College of Medicine. He received an MBA from UT, a PhD in Cell and Development Biology from Harvard University, and a BS in Biology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Ku’s expertise spans across all career-related topics, though he is most excited to advise on career exploration, job/internship search strategies for non-academic jobs, academic job searches (faculty and postdoctoral positions), CVs, cover letters, research statements and teaching statements, and resume and cover letter review and editing.

  • Tatem Oldham, M.Ed. LPC-S

    Assistant Director
    Liberal Arts Career Services
    Advises graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Tatem has limited ability to meet with students. Please email her directly at to schedule an appointment. In your email, please include a few days and times that would work well for your schedule.

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    Tatem Oldham is a licensed counselor with 15 years of experience in career counseling and hiring/recruiting. She specializes in helping humanities and social sciences graduate students transition into the world of work and effectively market themselves to potential employers. Tatem’s services include helping students convert their CVs to resumes, articulate their transferable skills to employers, and prepare for interviews. Tatem is most excited to help College of Liberal Arts students brainstorm potential career paths.

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Career Advising Availabililty via web-conference or in person is posted two weeks out every Friday.
If you are unable to find an appointment, please check back later in the week.
We are doing all we can to accommodate the number of students who need to make appointments.