Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

LACS Staff

Management

Robert Vega, Director Tatem Oldham, Assistant Director

Coaching

Hong Tran Escobar, Law School Admissions Coach Caitlin von Liski, Senior Career Coach

Recruiting & Special Programs

Robin Pippins, Recruiting & Professional Development Specialist

Administrative

Jeramy Howell, Services and Internship Courses Coordinator LACS Student Workers

Robert Vega, Director

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: r.vega@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manages the overall operations of the career center including the budget, personnel, programs and services.

Education and Training

MA in International Relations from Boston University, including study in England and France. BA in Political Science from the University of Houston.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Running a backpacker's hostel on a beach in the South Pacific or in Southeast Asia.

When not at work I enjoy...

Dinners with friends and planning my next trip. If I can travel three times a year I'm a very happy person.


Tatem Oldham, Assistant Director

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: t.oldham@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manages our career coach team and provides career coaching for graduate students seeking careers outside of academia.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Experience as a psychotherapist in both group and individual settings. Extensive training and five years' experience with the foster care system in Texas. Two years of recruiting experience and eight years in admissions coaching.

Education and Training

MEd in Educational Psychology, and BA in Communication Studies, both from The University of Texas at Austin. Advanced Certification in Conflict Mediation; 30 hours+ training in child abuse prevention and Child Protective Services. Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Part-time therapist, part-time philanthropist.

Best piece of career advice?

Talk to as many people in your field of interest as possible.  Be persistent when you job search!

When not at work I enjoy...

Reading and family time.


Caitlin von Liski, Senior Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: c.vonliski@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Coaches students interested in graduate school in the humanities. Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies. 

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Interviewing Skill Development. Social Media Presence/LinkedIn. Workshop/Webinar Facilitation. Diverse Student Populations. Psychology.

Education and Training

M.S. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Kansas.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Running an animal sanctuary for old or forgotten pets.

Best piece of career advice...

“Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.” B.C. Forbes

When not at work I enjoy...

Hiking on the greenbelt. Crafting. Yoga. Hip hop dancing. Singing. Tending to my cacti and succulents collection.  Playing with my cat, Cinnamon Buns. Hanging out with my guinea pig, Rumpels.  


Hong Tran Escobar, Law School Admissions & Career Coach

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: h.escobar@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates navigate the law school admissions process.  Provides critiques of personal statements and resumes for law school applications. Develops pre-law workshops to help students make informed decisions about law school. Provides one-on-one guidance to students interested in pursuing law school. Helps Liberal Arts undergraduates translate their skills into career opportunities. Coaches students to identify and articulate their strengths within resumes, cover letters and interviews. Develops career plans and job search strategies.

Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise

Knowledgeable about the law school admissions process, pro bono opportunities, and bar associations in Austin; Interested in social justice issues, diversity in higher education, and mentorship programs.

Education and Training

J.D. from Seattle University School of Law (visiting student at The University of Texas School of Law); B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from The University of Oregon.

Best piece of career advice...

Explore different career paths early, whether it is through internships, volunteer experiences, or an employment opportunity. The more experience you have, the more confidence you will have in being able to discern which professional opportunities you want to pursue. Also, you never know who you may work with that will help you with your career path down the line so put your best effort into every opportunity.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Dentistry.

When not at work I enjoy...

Traveling, reading and hanging out with friends and family.


Robin Pippins, Recruiting & Professional Development Specialist

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Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: r.pippins@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Manages the Liberal Arts Career Services recruiting and professional development programs. Develops and maintains employer relations, job and internship postings, recruiting events and professional development workshops.

Education and Training

BS in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University.

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

Working for the United Nations aiding in the eradication of global poverty and in the support of justice for all.

Best piece of career advice...

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world. " Anne Frank

When not at work I enjoy...

Cooking, going on adventures with my kids and reading


Jeramy Howell, Services & Internship Courses Coordinator

Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900
Email: j.howell@austin.utexas.edu
Mailcode: G6200

Facilitates daily LACS activities by managing the front desk team and LA/UEX internship and career courses, overseeing communications and marketing through social media, and providing support for recruiting and adminstrative teams. Promotes LACS programs and initiatives.

Education and Training

Bachelors of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Austin; AS - General Studies, Paris Junior College

If I could pick any career, other than the job I'm currently doing it would be...

A U.S. Constitutional scholar. The U.S. Constitution is one of the most revolutionary documents in the history of governance. It was written and created by flawed men; and made to last through the ages. It was intentionally left vague and has been debated by scholars for hundreds of years. It has also been used as a model for several modern democracies and their founding document(s). The methods in which it came about and was written, and the strategies used for its ratification are fascinating to me. 

In addition, I'd love to be a chef! Cooking is fun for me and I often find myself watchng several cooking videos in one sitting!

Best piece of career advice?

Learn to be comfortable with failure - Its okay to have or experience failure along your professional and personal journey. It's how you handle that failure that will define your path. You should learn from it and use it as a stepping stone for further self-improvement.

When not at work I enjoy...

Spending time with my dog, Baxter. Paying attention to current affairs and politics. I also enjoy hiking, going to museums and reading about history. 


LACS Student Workers

Emily F., English

David C., Human Dimensions of Organizations

Joselyn H., Biochemistry

Tanya R., Plan II & Middle Eastern Studies

Van L., Asian Cultures & Languages


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    University of Texas at Austin
    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508
    512-471-7900