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Career Development Center Presentation: Keven Quintero | Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Session Agenda Who Are We and What Are Our Services The Future
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
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
Average Salary by Discipline NACE Salary Outlook 2014/Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook
GRADES It is what it is!! Obtain transcripts - learn your worst grade, worst semester, worst class GPA in Major vs. GPA Overall
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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