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Graduate School Bootcamp Survival of the fittest
By the end of this training… • Participants will be able to: • Assess and evaluate their personal need for continuing their education. • Learn the proper steps in applying for admission in graduate studies. • Effectively prepare for standardized testing.
Housekeeping • Be respectful of speakers. • No cell phones. • You will get out of the training what you put into it. • Take notes!
Is graduate school right for me? • Stay marketable • Increase your salary • Attain career goals Waste of money Waste of time Career goals do not require a Master’s Degree
Quiz • Take 1 minute and answer the questions provided. • Discussion
Pack your bags… We’re going back to school! • QTNA: • What kind of program am I interested in? • What kind of degree do I need? • Where should I go? • PLAN OF ACTION: • Conduct lots of research
Choosing a school • Accreditation • Admission Standards • Career Assistance • Cost/Financial Aid • Culture • Faculty • Location • Physical Facilities • Reputation/Ranking • Resources • Size • State Regulations
Can I afford to go? • Assess your current situation. • Does the benefits outweigh the costs? • If yes, • Assistantships • Fellowships • Financial Aid • Teaching • Research • Tuition assistance from your job
Kaplan • Kaplan is the world leader in test preparation and has served millions of students since its founding 75 years ago. • Kaplan Test Prep offers programs to prepare professionals for a variety of licensing and advanced designation exams as well as continuing education in various fields. • Fast facts about Kaplan • Nearly 400 locations in more than 30 countries • More than one million students each year • 24,000+ employees worldwide • Largest division of our parent company, The Washington Post Company
*Whistle blow*Let’s start applying! • June-September • Research, research and more research! • QTNA • Does the school require standardized tests for admission? (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, DAT) • If yes, • Buy study materials. • Take practice tests. • Attend practice classes. • Sign up for test. • Knock it dead!
Applying for graduate school • September-October • Identify deadlines. • Request application materials. • Write personal statements. • Have personal statements proofread. • Identify references. • Obtain letters of recommendation. • Make a list and check it twice!!
Personal list • Name of the schools • Admission requirements (Personal statement, resume, curriculum vita, etc.) • Interview date and time • Test required? • Testing code • Program’s contact information • User names and passwords • Application fee • Have you submitted the application?
Applying to graduate school • November-December • Arrange for your official transcripts to be sent. • Submit applications to schools with early deadlines. • January-February • Submit applications. (Early is good) • Contact program to assure all materials were received.
housekeeping • Thank your references and keep your references update. • Rejections are normal. • Proofread…alot. • Practice interview questions. • PLAN AHEAD! • Good luck!