- Making the Graduate School Decision
- Application Process
- Researching Graduate Programs
- Links to Internet Resources
Knowing your specific career goals is the most important step in deciding whether to attend graduate school. Because an advanced degree is, first and foremost, vocational preparation, the clearer you are about your career requirements and special interests, the easier it will be to decide whether to attend a graduate program.
Graduate or professional school is not the place for you if you cannot answer the ever-popular question, "What do you want to do after you graduate?" with the name of a specific occupation. Success in graduate school requires enormous personal investment—an investment that offers questionable returns if you don't know why you are there.
However, if you do know your career path, and you also know that movement along that path will require further education, then you are ready to tackle the process of researching, applying, and gaining admission to the progrom of your selection.
The Career Development has many resources to help you make the important decision whether to attend graduate school. Our career advisors can help you research the best graduate programs for your career field and can critique your personal statement for your applications.