Graduate study requires a significant commitment of time and money, along with rigorous academic demands. Deciding to go to graduate or professional school is a decision that should be made after research and reflection regarding your goals, strengths, and motivation.
Reasons to go include a compelling academic or career interest, the requirement of an advanced degree for your field, increased opportunities for advancement, and greater earning potential.
Reasons not to go include being uncertain about what career you want to pursue, wanting to please friends or family, not feeling ready to enter the workforce or not being able to find a job.
HOW CAREER SERVICES CAN HELP
Career Services can assist you through the process of making decisions, creating a timeline, and researching and comparing schools. We will review your essays and personal statements and recommend that these also be critiqued by a professor in your field.
The following links offer additional resources:
- Meet with a Career Services professional
- Going on to Grad School from the National Association of Colleges & Employers
- Making the Decision, Planning Timeline, Applications, Essays, and more
- Search for Schools and Programs
- Essay and Personal Statements
- Career Center - Graduate School – Statement (from UC Berkeley)
- Writing the Personal Statement – The OWL at Purdue (from Purdue)
- Personal Statement, Application Essay Editing, Admission Advice (from Accepted.com)
- Personal Statements and Essays from WPI
- Writing an Effective Personal Statement (from The New Social Worker)
- Test Preparation
- Kaplan practice tests on campus
- GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and more
- Additional testing resources in Career Services
- Additional Resources – links for financial aid; searching and comparing schools and programs; also specific resources for health/medical, business, and law
- Education Graduate Programs – Includes over 3,000 programs and extensive relevant information
- Featured Articles:
- Grad School Tips (from Gradschools.com)