Kick-Off Your Career Event Today

Athletics Ð Football vs West Virginia (WVU) Ð Floyd Casey Stadium Ð 10/05/2013Start the school year off right!  Join the staff of Career and Professional Development on Fountain Mall today for our Kick-Off Your Career event.  From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., enjoy free hot dogs, tailgate-style games, a photo op with Bruiser the Bear, and a chance to win a football autographed by Art Briles!  This is our way of saying “Welcome Back” and reminding you of all of the services that we offer to help you reach your career goals.  Sic ’em!

3 Ways to Get Help with Your Career Goals

CounselingWelcome, new Baylor Bears, and welcome back to our returning students!  The staff of Career and Professional Development is eager to help you make the most of this academic year.  We know that despite the fun of Baylor traditions and developing friendships, the real reason you came to college is to prepare for a great career.  Simply attending classes won’t get you where you really want to go.  Let a career counselor or career advisor help you figure out how to identify goals and begin working toward them.  There are three ways you can get in-depth assistance with these tasks:

  1. Career Exploration Appointments– Designed for students who are undecided on a major or unsure of their career goals, career exploration appointments involve individual meetings with a career counselor and the opportunity to take two career assessments:  Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  Click here for more information.
  2. Internship Appointments– Get personalized assistance in identifying internship opportunities that are relevant to your major and career goals.
  3. Career Coaching Appointments– If you have a goal in mind, but you don’t know how to get there, career coaching can help you develop effective job search skills or help you with graduate school planning.

You can schedule any of these appointments by logging in to HireABear and clicking “Make Appointment” in the left sidebar.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Websites for Graduate and Professional School Planning

While you are probably looking forward to some time to relax this summer, do not pass up prime time to work on your graduate school plans.  Whether you expect to be on a college campus, the beach, or your couch this summer, here are a few websites to help you get to the bottom of what you really need to know about graduate and professional school:

1.  University websites

The best way for you to learn about a graduate program is to go straight to the source.  A university’s website will provide information about admission criteria, degree plans, financial aid, and faculty research interests.  Click here for a list of graduate programs at Baylor.

2.  Graduate School Directories

Maybe you just read my first piece of advice and thought it was a great idea…if only you knew which schools interested you.  Though I have not found a single website that provides a comprehensive look at all graduate programs, Gradschools.com and Peterson’s are two that I use most frequently when assisting students.  These sites allow you to search by location, subject, and degree type.  If you are interested in reviewing program rankings, U.S. News and World Report rankings are probably the best known.  Students interested in doctoral study might also want to check out PhDs.org.

3.  Professional Association and Accrediting Body Websites

Though many institutions offer graduate and professional school programs, they are not all created equal.  Reviewing websites of accrediting bodies will help you to know if your prospective school meets certain standards.  Completing an accredited program often increases your job prospects, as compared to non-accredited programs.  Several professional associations also list related graduate programs on their websites.  Here are a few examples to get you started:

Association of American Medical Colleges

Law School Admission Council

American Psychological Association

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Sophas.org- The Centralized Application Service for Public Health

American Dental Association

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

4. Entrance Exam Websites

Chances are good that your program will require you to submit a score from a standardized test.  Make sure to review the websites of your prospective programs to find out what, if any, scores they require.  Like my remarks on #1 in this list, you really want to go straight to the source for this information.  The following websites will provide you with detail on how to sign up and prepare for your standardized test.

GRE

MCAT

GMAT

DAT

PCAT

OAT

5.  Financial Aid Information

Graduate and professional school is a huge investment.  You can never have too much information on your options for financing your education.  Here are a few websites to get you started:

StudentAid.gov

StudenLoans.gov

CareerOneStop Scholarship Search

 

If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed at any stage of your graduate school planning process, please reach out to the Career and Professional Development staff to help.  We want to help you succeed!

Focused on Fashion: Careers in Apparel Merchandising

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A major or minor in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development can be an excellent fit for students who want to apply their business savvy in a creative and competitive industry.  Visit the following links to learn more about different career possibilities with this major.

I Want to Be a Stylist (Seventeen.com)

Career Information- Where can a degree in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles take you? (Washington State University)

Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Visual Merchandising Associate Job Description – Retail Career Job Profile (About.com Retail Industry)

Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Public Relations Specialists (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Job Description of a Merchandise Planner (GlobalPost)

What Are the Qualifications to Be a Manager at a Retail Store? (Chron.com)

Work in Waco Job Fair Tomorrow

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For those of you sticking around Waco this summer or looking to settle here full-time after graduation, consider an excellent opportunity tomorrow to look into employment possibilities.  The Work in Waco Job Fair will showcase local employers from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center on Wednesday, April 16th.  Employment opportunities include internship, part-time, and full-time positions.  Students are encouraged to pre-register, and a list of employers who will be attending is available on the Work in Waco website.

Graduate School Workshop Videos Now Online

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Did you miss our workshop series this semester?  Don’t fret.  The Preparing for Graduate School workshops were recorded, and you can access the first two videos on the Career and Professional Development website.  The last two videos will be added soon.  Keep in mind that CPD staff are happy to assist you with your graduate school decisions and plans.  Contact us to let us know how we can help you.

Preparing for the GRE: Workshop Today!

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You likely haven’t experienced this level of anxiety about a test since the SAT or ACT.  Join us for the final workshop in the Preparing for Graduate School workshop series to learn about the sections of the GRE® and different study strategies to help you earn an excellent score the first time.  This session will take place at 4:00 p.m. today in Room 120 of Morrison Hall, and free pizza will be available after the presentation.

If you missed the previous workshops in our series, you can now access videos of these presentations on the Baylor Career and Professional Development website.

Workshop Today: How Do I Apply to Grad School, and What Makes a Strong Application?

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Have you ever wondered what program directors are thinking when they decide who gets into graduate programs and who doesn’t?  As we learned in our first workshop, admissions committees take a holistic approach to evaluating candidates, meaning that there are many factors that contribute to admissions decisions.  Join us at 4:00 p.m. today in Room 120 of Morrison Hall to hear directly from five faculty members about what they look for in top graduate program candidates.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what to do to set yourself apart (in a good way)!  As a bonus, stick around for free pizza at the conclusion of the workshop.

How Do I Pay for Graduate School? Workshop Today!

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For many students, the question of how to pay for graduate and professional education is a lot more difficult to answer than whether or not they want to attend graduate school.  When a student may already be facing loan repayment for their undergraduate degree, the idea of spending even more money for an advanced degree can be quite daunting.  Join us this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Room 100 of Morrison Hall for the second in our Graduate School Workshop Series, “How Do I Pay for Graduate School?”

Mr. Amine Qourzal from Baylor’s Student Financial Aid Office will present on assessing the financial costs of attending graduate school, loans, and making smart financial decisions.  Come learn about your options, and stay for free pizza after the presentation.

As an aside, students who are considering applying to graduate school have the opportunity from Kaplan to take free practice exams.  Click here to read more about opportunities to take a practice MCAT, GRE, LSAT, PCAT, GMAT, DAT, or OAT.

Is Grad School Right for Me and How Do I Choose a Program?

BlogImage GradSchoolWkshpOverviewCome brave the chilly weather today to attend the first session in our Graduate School Workshop Series.  Students considering graduate school will learn about admissions criteria, how to select a program, and how to navigate online resources for comparing graduate programs.  The workshop will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Morrison Hall, Room 120.  Free pizza will be served at the conclusion of the presentation.  We hope to see you there!