Meet confidentially with a graduate-specific career advisor from Texas Career Engagement, the College of Natural Sciences, or the College of Liberal Arts. Advisors work individually with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on a wide range of career-related topics to help them explore and prepare for careers in academia, nonprofit, government, and industry.

Topics you can discuss with your advisor include:

  • Preparing application documents including CV, cover letter, and resume
  • Professional communication skills such as interviewing, negotiation, and networking
  • Managing your graduate program and working with your advisor
  • Exploring career options in academia, government, nonprofit, industry, or business
  • Utilizing strategies and resources for your job and internship search
  • Understanding your skills, interests, and values through self-assessment
  • Creating an individual development plan for degree completion, skill development, and employment

All currently enrolled graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and advanced degree alumni who completed within the last year can make an appointment with a graduate career advisor.

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Graduate Career Advisors

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.

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Melanie Pearce 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.

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Anita has enjoyed over a decade of experience in higher education, teaching of faculties of the Ivy League and at Minority Serving Institutions. She leads graduate career development as it intersects with identity. In order to advance the career and professional excellence of UT graduate students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities, she collaborates on program and resource development, including doctoral mentorship and diversity specific employer recruitment. Her advising aims to elevate lived and shared experience in order to reframe self-disclosure as an asset and ultimately redefine identity development as career development.

Anita is a Longhorn with an MA in Arabic Studies. Prior to joining UT Austin, she directed a resource center for engagement with the cultures and peoples of the Muslim world at Stanford University.

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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.

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Tina Solvik has five 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, nonprofit, 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, nonprofit, 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.

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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.

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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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