5 Things You Should Know About
Planning Your Career


Getting started is easy, because you've already begun.Career Coach Matthew Vitemb
It’s never too early and it’s never too late to begin planning your career, says Social Work graduate student and College of Liberal Arts Career Services Career Coach Matthew Vitemb adding that "whether you realize it or not, you’ve already started. In graduate school you’re oftentimes in a dual role as a student-professional, so in many ways you’ve already begun—by serving as a Supplemental Instructor or Teacher’s Assistant, in being awarded travel grants and fellowships, in developing your specific research program."

Visiting a career center will give you a competitive advantage.
According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students who used resources offered by career centers were more likely to find employment than those who did not. Fifty percent of students who visited counselors for resume review and interview practice sessions were likely to get a job offer, compared with 42 percent of students who did not.

Career coaches help you understand an increasingly complex job market.Career Coach Erica Prenger
Because we live in a time of increased complexity for the research establishment, scholars pursue professional opportunities not only in academia but also in industry, government, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. Those students require timely and expert advice from career planning professionals like Erica Prenger, a doctoral student in the College of Communication and a Career Coach at the Liberal Arts Career Center. The Graduate School works with Prenger and other career service experts across campus.

UT Austin colleges and schools provide proven career advice.
Each college at the university provides career resources to their students. The College of Communication Career Services office has surveyed students they support. Vitemb sums up the results: "In surveying students who work with us, we’re told that we’re often helpful in areas like identifying options outside academia, in translating CVs to resumes, in building the student’s awareness of her skills and understanding how to communicate why those skills are so valuable, and in helping students identify networking opportunities that can serve as effective informational and job referral opportunities."

The Graduate School offers a suite of useful resources to our students.
We work with colleges and schools throughout the university to insure that grad students and postdocs receive the support they need. Our partnership with the Communications Career Services office provides students access to individual coaching, interview preparation, resume critiques, and social media and networking development. In addition to this career planning toolbox the Graduate School continues to subscribe to the web-based Versatile PhD, a service that is offered free-of-charge to UT Austin graduates and postdocs.

October, 2013
by Meg Askey

Upcoming Workshops
Mindsets and Skill-sets for Grad Students Preparing for the Job Market
Covers personal branding, converting a CV to a resume, and how to communicate your value and skills to employers.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: CLA 0.112
Find out more & RSVP »

Contact a Career Coach
Erica Prenger
Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900

Matthew Vitemb
Office: FAC 18
Phone: 512.471.7900

Useful Links
Liberal Arts Career Center
Communication Career Servcies
The Versatile PhD

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