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Job Description

The interdisciplinary nature of our graduate programs allows our students to explore diverse interests and career paths, and the diversity of our graduate alumni’s interests and skillsets allows them to secure a variety of careers resistant to simple categorization. From UX designers to photographers to corporate managers, many of our alumni hold distinct jobs at the nexus of research, communication, creativity, and leadership—skills fostered by our graduate programs. 

For a sample of graduate alumni working in an array of careers from management to UX design, please see below. More information regarding each alumni's career can be found by clicking on the name of the individual.

For more information on exploring career options, including how to do informational interviews in careers of interest, see the Graduate College's Career Exploration page.


Graduate Alumni in Miscellaneous Careers

Alumni Discipline at UIUC Job Title
Claire Barber-Stetson Literature Global Portfolio Manager, S.C Johnson and Son
Mark Barnes Writing Studies Computer Science Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education
Brandon Jones Literature Consulting Services Manager, Clean Fuels Ohio
Katherine Kendig Creative Writing Project Manager, UIUC National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Michelle Martinez Literature Permissions Coordinator for Digital Programs, Poetry Foundation
Kerry Ose Writing Studies Assistant Director, PennSERVE
Rebecah Pulsifer Literature Collective Bargaining and Research Consultant, Ohio Education Association
Thierry Ramais Literature Photographer, Ramais Photography
Christopher Simeone Literature Director of Organizing and Services, AAUP
Spencer Snow Literature Senior UX Writer, Ancestry
Melissa Tedrowe Literature Wisconsin State Director of The Humane Society of the United States
Sara Weisweaver Literature Operations Manager, WellSaid Labs