UT Dallas offers 90 graduate programs across its eight schools and more than 30 professional and academic graduate level certificates. Earning an advanced degree is a foundation for further intellectual and personal growth, and a pathway to discovering multiple career options.
The University Career Center offers a full complement of resources and services for all graduate students. We help with mock interviews and numerous seminars, including resume writing, interviewing skills and conducting an effective job search. Representatives of business, government, industry, education and social agencies recruit at Career Expos and on-campus interviews. We also manage the Internship Program for all schools with the exception of Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS students, please contact the IPP office in ECSS 2.502).
Academic and Non-academic Careers
The University Career Center supports students who are planning for any type of career, including jobs as tenure-track faculty or in private industry, government, non-profits and start-ups. Our experienced Career Consultants help students to explore how different careers suit them and how to conduct multiple, simultaneous job and internship searches in different fields.
Career consulting appointments are available during the fall and spring semesters and are 30 minutes on length. They are offered Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. by calling 972-883-2943 or logging into your Handshake account. Please note we do not schedule same-day appointments. These appointments are best for exploring deeper questions about career/internship/job search, mock interviews and graduate school preparation.
In counseling appointments we can talk about topics, such as:
- Exploring different career options.
- Understanding which careers suit your skills, values and interests.
- Connecting with professionals in different industries (networking).
- Searching for jobs, internships, postdocs, etc.
- Practicing interviewing.
- Negotiating job offers.
Drop-In career advising sessions, which are 15-minutes long, are available during the fall and spring semesters only. They are offered Monday-Thursday, 2-5 p.m. and no prior appointment is necessary. Advising is first-come, first-served and is best for getting your resume and cover letter critiqued, answering quick questions about internship/job search strategies, job offer/salary negotiations or graduate school explorations.
Find Jobs in Handshake
Login and upload your resume to begin searching for employment opportunities for part-time and fulltime positions, internships or on-campus interviews. An employer may also find your resume through one of the resume books. For more information, visit the University Career Center in the Student Services Building (SSB) 3.300 or call 972-883-2943.
Workshops and Seminars
During these events, you will build a range of career-related competencies. Workshops and seminars are usually 60 minutes long and are intended to give you practice on topics such as preparing for a career fair and interviewing. You can find and register for these events in Handshake or take a look at the schedule on the Comet Calendar.
Making the Most of Your Graduate Degree
Assess how your degree fits into your overall plans.
- For example, what additional skills does your degree help you develop?
- Meet with a Career Consultant to assist you in assessing your values, interests, personality and skills. Your Career Consultant may recommend that you complete career assessments including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator in order for you to learn more about careers you are a good match for in terms of your interests and personality type.
- Access My Individual Development Plan (myIDP), a free online career exploration and planning tool to help STEM graduate students explore possibilities and set goals to pursue a career path that best fits their skills and interests. myIDP is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Explore ImaginePhD, a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
- JSOM students also are eligible to meet with the JSOM Career Management Center.
- ECS students will meet with IPP for co-op opportunities.
Build your network and find a mentor.
- Develop your LinkedIn profile and begin connecting with your professors, classmates, potential employers and alumni.
- Develop a resume or CV and have it reviewed by a Career Consultant.
- As you network and meet other professionals, identify mentors who can provide career guidance.
- Join the Graduate Student Association within your school to meet students and faculty within your field.
Investigate industry trends and recruiting schedules early in your program.
- Identify key skills and experiences you need to develop to stay competitive in the job market. Find opportunities to develop these skills as a student.
- Seek out top employers that you want to work for and participate in on-campus recruiting events.
Attend professional events and conferences
- The Career Center and Graduate Career Services through the Office of Graduate Studies
- Graduate Education offer a variety of programs and workshops on including resume, CV and cover letter writing, interviewing strategies, job search strategies and negotiation strategies.
- Explore school-specific career events. Contact your academic department to inquire about upcoming events.
- Attend Graduate Professional Week programs and workshops sponsored by Graduate Education and the University Career Center.