CAREER ADVISOR DIRECTORY
The Career Advisor Directory (CAD) is a place for students to connect with South Texas College of Law Houston alumni who have volunteered to share professional guidance and insight about a specific practice area. Current students can search for Career Advisors by practice area, location, or firm/company name using the directory’s search function. Advisors are available to answer questions about their career paths, review job search documents, and give professional guidance to advisees.
This directory is not intended to be a jobs board, but a place for students and alumni to connect as advisees and advisors. Those interested in specific career opportunities are encouraged to contact the Career Resource Center and utilize Symplicity, the law school’s online jobs bank, LinkedIn, or other job posting sites.
FIND A CAREER ADVISOR:
Career Advisors are South Texas College of Law Houston alumni who volunteer their time to share career advice, resources, and personal experiences with students and fellow alumni. As an advisee, you have the opportunity to build a one-on-one relationship with someone who has experience in the practice area(s) you are interested in. This individual attention will support you as you navigate career opportunities, professional development, and networking.
Connecting with an advisor takes just a few steps. Search the Career Advisor Directory by practice area, location, undergraduate institution, or other search terms. When you find an advisor whose experience and expertise are relevant to your questions or interests, send them a note introducing yourself. Be sure to mention that you found their contact information in the Directory. Review the guidelines below to get started.
Guidelines for Contacting Career Advisors:
- Make contact with a specific purpose in mind. Plan ahead of your initial contact what you will ask. Clearly articulate what you are looking for and how the advisor may be able to help you.
- The Career Advisor Directory is not a jobs board. Advisees are requested to refrain from contacting advisors about specific job postings within their organizations, as advisors are often not able to respond to such inquiries. Instead, focus your communications on your professional development and utilize resources such as Symplicity as a search resource.
- Research the advisor’s law firm or company. Be able to demonstrate knowledge about their employer when you make your initial contact.
- Be considerate of your advisor’s schedule. Respect his or her time and respond to emails promptly.
- Send a thank you note after significant meetings or conversations. A personal, hand-written note can go a long way to forming a lasting relationship.
Potential Topics of Conversation:
Informational Interviews: Ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. “How did you get your foot in the door?” “Any advice for someone considering this area of practice?”
Resumes, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn Profiles: While the staff at the Career Resource Center is available to review your job-search materials, sometimes it helps to get an opinion from someone with experience on your particular career path.
General Advice: Weighing multiple job offers? Negotiating a salary or promotion? Considering your next step up the ladder? Try bouncing your ideas off an advisor.