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GRAD SCHOOL: GETTING IN
Getting into grad school is far from a slam-dunk. Undergraduates are up against not only their peers, but also nontraditional students who have been in the work force and are returning to school enhance to their skills. Set yourself apart from the competition and stand out to graduate school admissions recruiters with these helpful tips. Do your homework. Ask questions.
Thoroughly research the schools that fit your area of concentration. Take a look at the scope of their programs, investigate their requirements, find out about financial aid options and processes, and so forth. Get the lay of the land. Graduate school admissions recruiters want to see that you are genuinely interested in attending their institution, so learn all you can and make an informed decision about the schools you would like to attend. Tammy Manka, associate director of graduate admissions at Marywood University, recommends scheduling a campus visit (or two) to get a better feel for a school than what’s on the website or marketing materials. And ask plenty of questions. “Ask for a meeting within the department you’re interested in. Research the area where the school is located. Is it a place you can see yourself living for two plus years? And ask to speak to an alum, if possible,” she suggests. In addition, “Be sure you have a good understanding of what the program offers that you’re looking for, and what you’re looking for that it doesn’t offer,” says Ellen Driscoll, associate director of graduate admission at Suffolk University in Boston. “Be realistic. Given what you know
Each year, approximately one-quarter of the graduating class goes on to graduate school.
about the program, be honest with yourself about your appropriateness as a candidate.”
If the program allows it, reach out to the program director in advance of applying to show that you’re a serious candidate. This can also help you get a sense of whether you are a good fit for the program (and give the admissions staff a sense of how good a fit you are).
Maybe you aren’t ready for graduate school. Talk with a career counselor to clarify your reasons for attending grad school and to identify the major that fits best with your goals.
Having trouble deciding on a field?
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013