Explore Careers

Career Advising

The career planning process begins with exploration: learning about oneself, opportunities in the world of work and the process of making decisions.

Career Services

Our team of advisors help you assess your interests, strengths, and skills and identify potential career paths. We then encourage you to ask questions and research occupations. 

When you identify a few careers you want to explore in more depth, you’re ready to test them out and gain some experience.  Internships and experiences like volunteerism, study abroad and leadership are essential to landing the job post-graduation. 

Our Center for Career & Professional Development team is here to help you succeed!

For more details, download the Career Exploration Checklist

Make an Appointment

Meet one-on-one with a career advisor to discuss any career development topic, including exploring career options, gaining experience through internships and engaging in the job/grad school search process. We encourage you to connect with us early (even your first year) and often throughout your time at Southwestern.

Please stop by our office or call 512.863.1346 to schedule an appointment. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the academic year and Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. during the summer.

Drop-in Advising

For resume/cover letter/statement review or short career advising questions, you can drop in for career advising to Pop in for Popcorn most Wednesdays during the academic year, 3-6 p.m., first-come, first-served.

Career Advising Topics

Resume development/critiques: Learn how to construct a resume and bring in drafts for review. This also includes cover letters, CVs, personal statements and other correspondence.

Self-assessment: Discuss the results of the personality and interest inventories you take and learn how to use this information in your career search.

Major and career exploration: Not sure what you want to study, what you want to do after graduation or how those two topics are related? Discuss options with an advisor and get resources for exploring majors and occupations further.

Internship search process: Discuss how to search for an internship, whether and how to get academic credit for your experience and how to market yourself to employers.

Job search process: Craft your personal job-search strategy with help from a career advisor, including learning about resumes, interviewing, networking, negotiating job offers and more.

Graduate and professional school application: Discuss why or why not to attend graduate/professional school, how to be a competitive applicant, the application process, and funding issues and get help polishing your application materials.