Academic and Career Planning Center

Deciding to Attend Graduate School

 

Deciding whether or not to attend graduate school is an important, life-changing decision. So before you choose to take the plunge into graduate school, you need to determine what your goals and interests are and ask yourself some questions to be sure that you are prepared for the commitment and are attending for the right reasons.

Reasons to go:

Interview Resources

The Academic and Career Planning Center has a wide variety of books and DVD's for student use. In addition, ACPC staff members are available for one-on-one sessions to improve your interviewing skills. Finally, attend a ACPC workshop on job interviewing or complete a practice interview in the ACPC to cover the basics of the interviewing process. Here are some additional links:

Gaining Experience

Gaining experience is one of the best ways for you to learn whether or not a field or career may be of interest to you. It can also be a way for you to develop skills that would be applicable across a number of fields. Consider some of the strategies below for developing these skills:

ACPC Workshops and Programs

The ACPC offers many programs and workshops for student organizations and residence life staff.

Handouts and Online Resources

The Academic and Career Planning Center has many resources available in our office for reference related to resume creation, job and internship searching, professional dress, and many other topics. You can pick up these handouts at our office at any time.

Career Counseling

 

Both students and alumni can benefit from the Career Counseling services offered through the ACPC. Students can get assistance with developing a career plan by exploring their interests, abilities and values to find a career path that suits them, as well as with developing a resume and preparing for the job search process. Alumni can receive help searching for jobs, preparing for interviews and more.

e-Portfolio Development

Electronic Portfolios (e-Portfolios) are dynamic, developmental spaces representing your professional "self" on the Web. More than just a resume, they are becoming standard practice for academics, students, and professionals and typically include examples of skills and achievements, as well as a reflective blog element.