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1 Career Development Center Presentation: Keven Quintero | Graduate Admissions Coordinator

2 Session Agenda Who Are We and What Are Our Services The Future

3 The Career Development Center Individual appointments with Career Counselors Resumes Applications Cover Letters Interview Preparation Internships Graduate School Targeting Your Dream Job Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:30 Drop in Hours no appointment necessary: W-TH, 1:00-3:00 Wednesday Evenings open until 6:30 We are here to help – Top Floor University Center 570-422-3219



6 SO YOU WANT TO BE HIRED? -An interactive interview event to select the right candidate for a hiring opportunity APRIL 15 th 5:00-6:30



9 The Future  There will be 55 million job openings through 2020 24 million new jobs 31 million due to baby boom retirements  35% of job openings will require a bachelor’s degree  Fastest growing industries - STEM, Healthcare Professions, Healthcare Support and Community Services Will require high levels of post-secondary education The U.S. will fall short by 5 million workers with postsecondary educations by 2020 at the current production rate

10 Average Salary by Discipline NACE Salary Outlook 2014/Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook


12 Reasons to Go…..  Intellectual interest  Money  Vocational interest

13 Free Money…..  Teaching Assistantships  Research/Graduate Assistantships  Fellowships  Grants  LOANS

14 Application Checklist  Take appropriate standardized graduate admissions tests  Forwards scores to schools of interest  Obtain letters of recommendations  Obtain original transcripts  Draft, rewrite, polish statement of purpose  Send materials to schools

15 Additional Requirements/Items  Writing Sample  Clinical Hours  International Applicants  Interviews

16 GRADES  It is what it is!!  Obtain transcripts - learn your worst grade, worst semester, worst class  GPA in Major vs. GPA Overall

17 GPA  Long-term indicator of your performance as a student  Reflects motivation & ability to do good or bad work  Masters program requires a GPA of 3.0 or 3.3  Doctoral programs require minimum GPA’s 3.3 or 3.5  Admission committees look at courses taken  Look at overall GPA and the relevant program courses  Standardized exams GRE, MCAT, LSAT & GMAT for comparisons

18 What if I Have A Low GPA?  Take high quality courses  Take more classes  Take summer classes  Consider delaying graduation with an extra semester  After graduation take a few graduate courses to show aptitude

19 How To Get The Best Letters Of Recommendation  Build relationships over time  Be nice!  Start in SEPTMEBER  Have your transcripts/resume ready to familiarize them with your performance  The reference may take it upon themselves to call the person directly  KEEP IN TOUCH…don’t burn your bridges!

20 Statement of Purpose  The most important document of your Graduate application  Can be 300, 500 or 750 words  The Statement of Purpose required by graduate schools is probably the hardest thing you will ever write  Through the essay you will speak to the committee and demonstrate your unique fit to the program  Incidentally, the statement of purpose may also be called an Application Essay, Objectives for Graduate Study, Personal Background, Cover Letter, or some comparable title

21 Essay Do’s  Prepare an outline and create a draft  Answer all the questions being asked  Make sure your essay has a theme or a thesis  Provide evidence to support your claims  Speak in the first person (I)  Make your introduction unique  Write clearly and make sure it is easy to read  Be honest, confident, and be yourself  Be interesting and positive  Make sure your essay is organized, coherent, and concise  Write about yourself and use examples from your own life experiences

22  Use a mixture of long and short sentences  Discuss your future goals  Mention any hobbies, past jobs, community service, or research experience  Mention weaknesses without making excuses  Discuss why you're interested in the school and/or program  Show, don’t tell (Use examples to demonstrate your abilities  Ask for help  Proofread and revise your statement at least 3 times  Have others proofread your essay Essay Do’s

23 Essay’s Don’ts Becoming increasingly popular/preferred Replacing objective statement  Replaces the “this is what I want” objective statement with a “ this is the value that I offer ” branding statement Have any grammar or spelling errors. (Proofread!)  Be wordy or use jargon (don’t try to impress the readers by using big words)  Swear or use slang  Digress or be repetitive  Be boring  Generalize  Include clichés  Use gimmicks  Be comical (a little humor is okay but remember it can be misconstrued)

24 Essay’s Don’ts  Be defensive or arrogant  Complain  Preach  Have your essay focus too much on other individuals  Discuss politics or religion  Give excuses for a low GPA  Make lists of accomplishments, awards, skills, or personal qualities (Show, don’t tell)  Write a term paper or an autobiography  Summarize your resume  Include information already cited on the application

25 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE -example- BORING Introduction  First Sentence is the most important. Be creative.  The following sentences should provide a brief explanation that supports the claim made in the first sentence.  I am applying to the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of Utah because I believe my writing will blossom at your program since it is a place where I will be challenged and I can hone my writing skills.  I am honored to apply for the Master of Library Science program at the University of Utah because as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with books. Since I was eleven I have known I wanted to be a librarian.

26 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE - example- HOOK!  I am honored to apply for the Master of Library Science program at the University of Utah because as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with books. Since I was eleven I have known I wanted to be a librarian.  When I was eleven, my great-aunt Gretchen passed away and left me something that changed my life: a library of about five thousand books. Some of my best days were spent arranging and reading her books. Since then, I have wanted to be a librarian.

27 The Body  Usually 3 paragraphs providing detailed evidence supporting the intro statement  Each paragraph should have a transition statement to start & a resolution statement to end  Include experiences, accomplishments or other evidence to support claims  Short summary of educational background is appropriate in first paragraph  Do not repeat application information  Last paragraph should explain why you should be accepted

28 The Conclusion  Last paragraph of your personal statement  State why you are interested in studying the subject of interest  State key points mentioned in the body in a conclusive & brief manner (accomplishments, experiences)  End on a positive note with 1-2 attention grabbing sentences


30 Deadlines  Apply for acceptance in SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER  DEADLINES fall around DECEMBER, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY…  Be sure to check for open or “rolling” admissions


32 Thank You Kevin F. Quintero Graduate College 154 Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall

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