Our first tip this year for students thinking about their future careers and/or graduate school is to visit the new and improved Human Development website. The revised site includes updated information on both careers and on graduate school. We hope you find it helpful.
You are also lucky enough with this issue to get not just one, but two great tips! You’ll notice that the Human Development website stresses the importance of gaining skills (e.g., business, communication, a second language, cultural competence) and experience (e.g., part-time jobs, volunteer work, RA/TA, involvement in leadership activities) to make yourself marketable. What does that mean? Get involved, and get involved early! In case you are not sure where to begin, here are a few sample options that have crossed our editorial desk recently.
Volunteer work: One great way to find volunteer opportunities in the area is to visit the website for the Volunteer Center of Brown County. Just “Volunteer Now” and you can actually enter your interests and use a searchable database to find some great local options.
Multicultural competence: Thinking about enhancing your cultural competencies? One great option is the annual Ally Conference on October 20th. Registration is free and open now. You get a free t-shirt and dinner at the event, but space is limited, so don’t delay. More events for the semester are listed in the Human Mosaic, and the Mauthe Center also sponsors such events, such as October 18th’s Native American social and a series in November designed to increase awareness about Islam.
Leadership, communication, and group skills: One great way to potentially enhance your communication, leadership, and group work skills is through involvement in student organizations. This is particularly true if you are very active in the organization or take on a leadership role. There’s something for everyone on campus. Check it out! There are also new organizations beginning all the time. For example, one new club on campus this semester is the Sign Language Club [Contact Ashley Letourneau (Letoak04@Uwgb.edu) if you want to learn more about this one.]
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!
We usually offer a series of fall talks dedicated to the graduate school process. We’re excited to announce we will be offering a spring series for the first time, as well. Dr. Martin and Dr. Burns will present on the basics of graduate school (how to apply, get in, etc.). This talk is aimed at first and second year students, but all are welcome to attend. They presented this talk in the fall semester, but are hoping to reach a larger audience by presenting it twice a year. We also are excited to offer a first-ever panel discussion of graduating seniors who will be attending graduate school in the fall. They will be talking about their own experiences with the graduate school process to give you some great tips straight from the source. Finally, we will be presenting a session on how to study for the GRE (the test you will likely need to take if you want to go on to graduate school). We will let you know the dates and panelists for these events when they become available, so stay tuned!
Be sure to take advantage of the great events planned for the fall to help you learn more about graduate school. Refer back to the PHD Club News article for more details about the October 5th and 12th sessions that organization is sponsoring on writing personal statements (part of the grad school application) and on graduate school as a whole. Career Services is also sponsoring two events on October 4th: a session on the application process for graduate school and the Graduate and Professional School Fair. Refer to their calendar of events for more details!