Archive for the Graduate School Category
Posted on September 26, 2013 with No Comments
When students come to the Career Center to discuss their graduate school search, we find that the conversation frequently starts from one of two places. Either students are looking for tools to begin their online search or have researched some programs online and are not sure what’s next.
There is undoubtedly an important role for the Internet in any graduate school search, but there’s an equally important place for conversations with admissions representatives that can help to illuminate information that will not soon be found on a school or program’s website.
It can be scary to consider talking to someone who may ultimately be evaluating your application, but you also want to equip yourself with as much information as you can get before making the all too important decisions about which schools to apply to and which school to attend.
Also, there are real advantages to having a phone or in-person conversation with an admissions representative. You can use such a conversation to express your interest in their program, which may give your application a boost. And by preparing ahead of time and demonstrating high levels of professionalism, you can further impress your schools of interest.
Unsure what type of questions to ask as you continue your graduate school search process? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue the conversation by speaking with a Career Counselor during our Drop-In Hours at the Career + Experience Hub in the Davis Center.
Need an opportunity to practice these conversations? Visit the UVM Grad School Fair on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, to speak directly with graduate school representatives.
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Category: Career Exploration, Event, Graduate School, Helpful Resources, Uncategorized
Posted on September 27, 2012 with No Comments
There are lots of reasons why people choose to go to graduate schools and pursue advanced degrees. Deciding to go is a complex decision that involves the outlook for increased earnings and deepened learning in a field of study. Although there are a plethora of reasons why to go, we’ll explore a few good reasons why not to go to graduate school.
An article called “The Five Worst Reasons to Go to Grad School” provides some useful tips for when to avoid graduate school. Here are the five reasons, paraphrased:
1. To Fill a Personal Void
You are more than your degrees. Graduate school is great for people who find their zest from studying particular topics in-depth but doesn’t tend to be an effective patch for the holes in one’s life.
2. For bragging rights
Graduate school is a hefty undertaking, and it will take time and money. There are cheaper ways to obtain a positive reputation.
3. Buying your way into a network
You will join a new network if you go to graduate school, but you are likely already a part of many networks (including the UVM community) and these will grow throughout your career, with or without graduate school.
4. It’s the only way to get a job
Some jobs do require advanced degrees and some prefer them. But there are lots of career opportunities for people with Bachelor’s degrees. Employers want dedicated and skilled workers, and those skills can be developed in a plethora of ways.
5. It’s what to do when you’re lacking direction
Graduate school is not the place to discover your life’s path or career journey. The strongest graduate school candidate’s know what they want to study and why. Not with meticulous detailed measure, necessarily, but enough to have a vision for where the process might lead.
Ultimately, the decision to go to graduate school should be based on much reflection and consideration and it is yours to make. To learn more about the ins and outs of considering and applying to graduate school, visit the Career Services website.
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Category: Career Exploration, Event, Graduate School, Uncategorized
Posted on September 20, 2012 with No Comments
Finding the right law school can be a daunting task. You must weigh the costs and benefits of earning a J.D. as well as determine what will make your law school experience fulfilling. Examine the following important areas:
Evaluate specialty, experience and training opportunities
Specialized courses, clinics and professional skills training opportunities tailored to your interests can provide valuable knowledge and lay the foundation for your legal career. Learn about which schools provide valuable hands-on experiences, allowing you to work with clients and practicing attorneys.
These opportunities, are ideal for discovering your passion, honing your skills, and making connections with future employers. Think about where and in what field you will want to practice after graduation.
Professional guidance and support
Look at a school’s available resources that you will utilize throughout your experience, including the number and type of student groups as well as career services such as career fairs and alumni networks. When thinking about future employment, be sure to look at the school’s employment statistics for graduates to see what type of work they tend to pursue.
Evaluate financial assistance options side-by-side with tuition and fees
When considering law school, cost should be a top priority. Law school is not cheap and often requires large student loans. Be realistic! Assess your financial situation and determine the availability of aid as well as repayment options after graduation.
Check out Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools, which allows you to examine a school’s available curricula, financial aid options, and staff and faculty engagement.
Radhika Singh Miller, guest blogger, serves as program manager of educational debt relief and outreach at Equal Justice Works
You can find more resources and information on the Career Services Considering Pre-Law and Applying to Law School pages.
Also, don’t miss the Law School Panel: Mon, Sept 24th 4-5:30pm. Davis Center, Jost Foundation Room!
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Category: Career Exploration, Event, Graduate School, Helpful Resources, Uncategorized
Posted on December 6, 2011 with No Comments
The semester is almost over. Keep up the good work, you’re almost there! If you have also been working on applications to law school, then hopefully you are almost finished and ready for a well-deserved break.
As you look forward to some much needed free time, here are some resources for good movies and TV shows related to the law. Sit back and enjoy!
Top Ten Movies
ABA Journal: Top 25 Movies
Best Law Movies of All Time
Best Legal TV Shows
The Five Best Legal TV Shows of All Time
Of course, I don’t recommend relying only on TV and movies to learn about the law. Informational interviewing, or more simply, chatting with people about the work that they do in order to learn more, is a great way to get a first hand sense of the legal profession. Learn more about how to utilize networking and info interviewing in your career exploration. Here are some great questions to get you started on your networking conversations.
You can use these questions and tips whether you are setting up a formal informational interview through our alumni Career Connection, attending a Networking Event over winter break, or just casually chatting with your friend’s parents over dinner.
Good luck with finals!
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Category: Career Exploration, Graduate School, Helpful Resources, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on November 1, 2011 with No Comments
So you want to go to law school?
That is just the beginning! As the legal job market has gotten tighter, new lawyers need to find their niche sooner and be able to contribute to the bottom line of the firm. Take a moment to learn a little more about the various fields of law and think about what area might interest you:
Here is a great collection of blogs in a variety of specialty areas. Keep up to date with news and trends.
Or maybe you are hoping to use that law degree for some other purpose?
Check out these articles on utilizing that law degree for a different career path:
And here’s a New York Time’s article about people with law degrees, who change their mind about the law altogether: Maybe It’s Time for Plan C
You don’t need to have it all figured out before you go to Law School. However, you will be able to make better choices regarding law school and legal internships if you have a keener sense of your ultimate goals.
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Category: Career Exploration, Graduate School, Helpful Resources, Uncategorized