There are thousands of graduate programs and the choices can seem overwhelming. Rather than spending hours browsing graduate school websites, first identify what you want to get out of your graduate degree. In other words, think about your career aspirations and what knowledge, skills, and experience will help you achieve them. Next, pick a program that suits your intellectual interests and career needs. Unfortunately, this is sometimes easier said than…

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Deciding to seek a graduate degree is a major commitment of time and money, and not everyone has a clear understanding of what he or she wants career-wise. Without a clear goal, going to graduate school could end up being a waste of your efforts as applying to graduate school involves: requesting letters of recommendation, requesting transcripts, taking the GREs/MATs/GMATs, and writing a personal statement. Additionally, many prospective graduate students…

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Just as all the activities you did in high school were important to the admissions department at the college you currently attend, the activities and clubs you join on campus and place on your resume will be valuable for your future search for your first position in the business world. There are literally hundreds of student organizations that are always looking for new members. Look for potential groups to join…

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What is a Minor in College? Some students may find themselves wondering, “What is a minor in college?” Minors are additional subject areas that are secondary to students’ primary subject areas in their majors. Minors do not require the extensive study that majors require. Students can use minors to enhance their majors or to explore additional subjects that interest them. Minors can provide specialties to majors,…

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The school year is very busy for many undergraduate students, so what better time is there to get some helpful research experience than during summer? Most undergraduate students have more time available to devote to research projects during the summer than they do during the school year, so summer can be the perfect time for undergraduate students to participate in research programs and become part of a research team.

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By now you must know the importance of networking and building academic relationships in college with peers, academic contacts, and those in the business world. However, while networking and building academic relationships as an undergraduate will be beneficial for securing letters of recommendation for graduate school or employment, these connections are equally important to build while in graduate school. You must also learn how to maintain connections with those whom…

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Technical writing is a specific style of writing that often appears in the form of proposals, manuals, web pages, reports, newsletters, and other professional documents. It is commonly used in both undergraduate and graduate programs, so you should practice and develop this writing skill before you enter graduate school as a PhD student. Technical writers should consider the following as guidelines:   • Be engaging. Write in third person with…

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Why is networking in college so important?   Students who build relationships and actively participate in networking in college have more success when they apply to graduate schools for many reasons including: professors making a call to another professor or admission department on your behalf, to writing you a glowing letter of recommendation. Students can build valuable relationships with many different people, including advisors, professors, staff, graduate students, and fellow…

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How to Get a Great Graduate School Letter of Recommendation Students who need graduate school letters of recommendation often have questions about whom to ask, how to ask, and when is the right time to ask. Students must understand how to correctly ask for letters of recommendation because great letters of recommendation are vital to the admissions process for graduate school.   The first step to getting great graduate school…

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If you are interested in attending graduate school, then you probably already know that you are going to need letters of recommendation. In addition, if you are currently an undergraduate student, you have probably noticed a lot of distance between you and your professors—not to mention the distance between your professors and the other 300 students in your classes. To get strong letters of recommendation from your professors, you…

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