About the Staff
Meet the COFA Career Services staff! We are so excited to help you shape your career journey in the arts. Read more below about who we are and how we can help you.
Career Services Manager, Center for Creative Economies
Isabel Tweraser (she/her) provides individual career coaching to fine arts students and alumni. She is passionate about supporting and empowering students of all identities as they work towards meaningful careers in the arts. Additionally, she teaches the fine arts internship course and oversees COFA Career Services programming and scholarships. On top of her work as a career advisor, Isabel is an active freelance musician in the central Texas region, frequently playing in pit bands, wedding ensembles, and regional orchestras. She also serves on the board of the Austin Civic Orchestra and is dedicated to providing equitable access to professional resources and opportunities in the arts.
Isabel earned her MM in music theory at Florida State University, where she served as an instructor of music theory, music technology, and aural skills. She also holds a BA in music and a BS in computer science from Southwestern University, where she gained three years of experience working in the Center for Career and Professional Development.
Isabel serves all COFA students, but especially loves working with:
- Performing arts students
- Students who need help preparing their digital portfolios and online profiles
- Students interested in combining multiple disciplines into their artistic pursuits, especially students with technical interests
- Anyone who needs help with a job or internship search, or who has questions about the fine arts internship course!
Favorite place to hang out on campus: I love sitting outside by the alumni center and enjoying a cup of coffee from Texas Expresso.
Childhood dream job: Oh man, so many… but I really wanted to be a famous writer. Or an archaeologist.
Most interesting job/internship in college: I learned many important life lessons working for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers… yum.
Career tip for COFA students: One of the best ways to build connections in the arts is to show up to events happening in town! Grab a couple of friends and head to a gallery opening together, or the closing night of a contemporary dance show. By showing up and immersing yourself in current art, you’ll learn about the local arts landscape and find other professionals with similar interests.