Career and Graduate School Tip of the Month: Use Your Summer Wisely

Looking forward to a summer filled with relaxation and fun? We certainly hope so. However, we hope you’ll also take some time to use your summer wisely and make yourself a more competitive candidate for jobs and/or for graduate school. Some potential ideas we have shared before but we believe are worth repeating include:

  • Obtain some relevant applied experience (job, volunteer) to increase career and grad school marketability.
  • Conduct an informational interview or job shadow a professional in a career of interest to you.
  • Read all the great career, internship, and graduate school information on the HUD & PSYCH websites and then do additional research on career and graduate school options.
  • Review your Degree Progress Report. Note the requirements you need to fulfill and make a plan for your remaining time at UWGB. Consider whether there are classes you wish to re-take or if there are skill areas you want to build before you leave. You should also check the report for accuracy every semester!
  • Make a list of other great opportunities (RAs, TAs, Internships) you want to take advantage of while at UWGB and make plans for when you will apply for/complete them.
  • Research graduate programs and make a list of schools to which you want to apply. Research them to find out as much as you possibly can about them, their competitiveness, and their “fit” with your background, interests, and goals. Find out what you will need to do to apply (e.g., Do you need to take the GRE? MAT? No placement test at all? How many letters of recommendation will you need? From whom?)
  • Graduating next year? Study for the GRE if you need to take it! (Really, you CAN and SHOULD study for it.)
  • Read some great books!!!! One of the best ways to improve your writing and critical thinking skills (not to mention your Verbal GRE scores) is to read and build your knowledge base and vocabulary.
  • Take summer classes. These can be fabulous intensive learning experiences. They can also help move up your graduation date. Be careful, though, not to take on too much (e.g., we don’t recommend taking two summer courses in the same session). Also make sure you do not plan vacations or other time away during these courses. If you miss a day of a summer class, it’s like missing a full week of the regular semester.

Have fun, and come back rested and ready for an amazing 2012-13 academic year!

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