Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Graduate Students and the Non-Academic Job Search

Liberal Arts Career Services provides career-related support for graduate students considering or pursuing employment opportunities outside of academia.  

Don't wait until you're ABD to start exploring all your 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 non-faculty 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.   

Register to Get Started

Liberal Arts Grad Students - Register by creating your BTT Gateway account. Once you are registered, you can schedule a career coaching appointment.

Schedule an Appointment

Graduate students registered with Liberal Arts Career Services (see above) can learn how to schedule an appointment here.

Career Coaching

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 ImaginePhD

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)

International Opportunities

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