Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Career Coaching

What can I do during an appointment?

Explore your options and interests

Develop your ability to effectively present your story in an interview

Design a strategic career plan

Craft a targeted resume or academic CV

Learn how to translate your research skills

Distinguish your online presence from competition, and more!

When can I make an appointment? 

Appointments are available Monday - Friday during regular business hours via web-conference or in person. Availability is posted two weeks out every Friday. If you are unable to find an appointment, please check back later in the week.

Drop-in coaching is not available.  

How can I make an appointment?

If you are a currently enrolled graduate student, you already have an active HireUTexas account. Log in to your account using your UT EID credentials, and schedule your appointment.* 

Who can I meet with? 

Tatem Oldham, Director, Liberal Arts Career Services
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tatem 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.

*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.

Annie Maxfield, Director of Graduate Career & Professional Development, Texas Career Engagement
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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, Associate Director of Graduate Employer Education and Experiences, Texas Career Engagement

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

Sarah Nicholus, Graduate Career Advisor, Texas Career Engagement
Pronouns: They/Them; She/Her

Sarah Nicholus has been working in higher education for more than 12 years, both in the United States and abroad through the Fulbright Program. She has a particular interest in working with graduate students given her own background as a postdoctoral scholar in Women’s and Gender Studies and PhD in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT. Sarah has a strong foundation in working across cultures, disciplines, and institutions to further diversity, equity, and access in higher education. She advises in STEM and humanities fields for all types of careers. Also a faculty member at UT, Sarah especially enjoys working with students on academic writing and job documents including CVs, resumes, cover letters, and research/teaching/DEI statements.

Olga Koutseridi, M.A., Senior Program Coordinator, Graduate Career & Professional Development, Texas Career Engagement
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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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    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508