Graduate Students and the Non-Academic Job Search
Liberal Arts Career Services has teamed up with the Graduate School to provide career-related support for graduate students considering or pursuing employment opportunities outside of academia. Our career coaches and workshops are available to all currently enrolled, UT Austin degree-seeking graduate students, regardless of discipline.
Schedule an alt-ac career coaching session
- Liberal Arts students - create a BTT Gateway account and call 512-471-7900 to schedule your appointment.
- Non-Liberal Arts students - register with us to get started.
Don't wait until you're ABD to start exploring your alt-ac employment options. Contrary to what the term "alt-ac" suggests, preparing for careers outside of the academy doesn't require you to step off the academic track. You can simultaneously pursue faculty and alt-ac career paths. We encourage you to begin using our services and resources as soon as possible- ideally well before graduation so we can help you maximize your post-grad school employment options.
Our coaches provide individualized guidance to help you navigate every stage of your transition into the nonacademic job market. We will help you discover alt-ac (alternative to academia) career opportunities that fit your interests and utilize your talents and help you design the most effective path to get there.
|Career Coaching||Career Transitions Group|
|Converting CV to Resume||Networking & Interviewing|
|Cover Letters||Alt-Ac Careers Mailing List|
Resources for Making the Transition
Researching a career path isn't all that different from researching a topic for a paper, and we've done much of the work for you by compiling a variety of resources. Start here for comprehensive information about job market trends, typical career paths, and inside information on organizations that might hire you.
|Career Guides||The Versatile PhD|
|Additional Career Research Tools|
Connections to Employers
UT graduate students may participate in most of the Career Fairs on campus. You also have access to a variety of online job search resources. Some of these resources are available to all graduate students, while others are designed specifically for liberal arts students.
|HireUTexas (open to all students and alumni)||Your Job Search|
|BTT Gateway (Liberal Arts students only)|
Are you considering an international career? If so, this section provides resources to help you research your options and connect with opportunities around the world. Explore our international pages.
Academic Career Note
If you plan to seek a career in academia, or are seeking post-doc experiences, please work directly with your advisor and your department. We do not provide assistance with the academic search.
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