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Is Graduate School for Me?

Is Graduate School in your future?

You might be wondering what to do with your life after you finish your undergraduate degree. It is common for students to think that the next step might be graduate school, but before making a decision, it’s best to consider all the factors about graduate school and whether it’s the right thing for you! The Center for Career and Professional Development Staff can be helpful in talking about this decision and helping you think of different options.

Timing: Now or Later?
Is furthering your degree a necessary step in your career path? Some undergraduate degrees are stepping stones and it’s always been known that you would immediately need to pursue graduate school. In some fields however, it may be best to gain valuable career-related work experience for a few years, and then pursue a graduate degree.

Cost
Are you financially prepared to pay for graduate school or to assume more student loans? It may be in your better interest to enter the workforce and plan for future graduate school. For more on budgeting for graduate school, click here. (link to cost, budget…)

Financial Assistance for Graduate and Professional Students
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/gradstudent.jsp

Deciding: What School is best for me?
Completing research on graduate schools and programs will really help you make the decision on going to graduate school.

The Center for Career and Professional Development can assist you in the Graduate School Search process. Counselors can assist you in what to look for, where to look and with the application process from resumes to personal statements.

Talking with faculty from your undergraduate courses is another great place to start when considering graduate school. They can provide valuable information on schools and programs in their subject area and other specific information. This is also a great way to lay the foundation for asking to participate in research opportunities and for recommendation letters.

Other resources for researching schools and programs:
Peterson’s College and Graduate School Information http://www.petersons.com/

Gradschools.com - http://www.gradschools.com/ An online directory of Graduate Programs

Current Jobs for Graduates - http://www.graduatejobs.com Current Jobs for Graduates began in 1990 as a single job vacancy bulletin for liberal arts graduates. Since then it has grown to include 6 additional sub-categories in the liberal arts, arts and humanities

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 Last Modified 9/25/14