Graduate School Workshop Series Begins Next Week

BlogImage GradSchoolWkshpOverviewA high percentage of Baylor undergraduates indicate that they have plans to attend graduate school.  If you fit into this category, how much do you know about the process of applying to graduate school?  Career and Professional Development is excited to present a new, four-part workshop series on this topic.  Students can choose to attend as many or as few of the workshops as they would prefer.  Students of any classification who are interested in graduate study in humanities, social sciences, public health, education, theology, social work, life sciences, or physical sciences are encouraged to attend.  Below is a schedule of the workshops:

1.  Is Graduate School Right for Me and How Do I Choose a Program?

Tuesday, March 4th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Morrison 120

Speakers:  Emily Corntassel, Baylor Graduate School; Kat Evans, Career and Professional Development; Stephanie Peek, Doctoral Candidate in Religion; Emily Riley, Master’s Candidate in Higher Education & Student Affairs

  • Admissions criteria
  • How to select a program
  • Navigating online resources

2.  How Do I Pay for Graduate School?

Tuesday, March 18th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Morrison 100

Speaker:  Amine Qourzal, Student Financial Aid Office

  • Assessing financial costs
  • Loans
  • Making smart financial decisions

3.  How Do I Apply to Graduate School and What Makes a Strong Application?

Tuesday, March 25th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Morrison 120

Panel members: Dr. George Cobb, Chair of the Department of Environmental Science; Dr. Eva Doyle, Director of the MPH in Community Health Education; Dr. Julie Holcomb, Director of the MA in Museum Studies; Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez, Director of the MA in American Studies, MIJ in International Journalism, and MA in Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media; and Dr. Melanie Nogalski, Program and Admissions Manager for the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

  • Requesting letters of recommendation
  • Writing personal statements
  • Identifying prospective faculty research mentors

4.  How Do I Prepare for the GRE?

Tuesday, April 1st, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Morrison 120

Speakers: Karl Utz, Kaplan Elite Instructor; Christopher Bissex, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science; Megan Haggard, Doctoral Candidate in Psychology

  • Sections of the GRE
  • How to access sample questions and practice tests
  • GRE Prep Courses- pros and cons

Internship and Career Fair Tomorrow!

InternCareerFairTableTent ONEIt’s Career Fair Eve!  Time to iron your shirt, print off copies of your resume, and practice your handshake.  On Wednesday, February 19th, Career and Professional Development will be hosting the Internship and Career Fair from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center.  You can prepare by reviewing the list of employers who will be attending the fair.  Don’t forget to dress professionally.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Improve Your Interviewing Skills with a Mock Interview

Interview3The Internship & Career Fair is coming up soon, and many of you will be searching for an internship or full-time employment.  In case your conversations at the fair lead to an interview, make sure you are well-prepared to make a stellar impression.  One of the best ways to do this is by participating in a mock interview.  This is an opportunity to practice with an actual interviewer who will provide you feedback at the conclusion of the interview.  You can sign up for this opportunity in Hire a Bear.  If the available interview times do not work with your schedule, you can always practice independently using InterviewStream.  Best wishes in your job search!

Applying to Grad School in Museum Studies and Related Fields

Museum StudiesStudents interested in the possibility of working in a museum are invited to attend a panel discussion on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. about applying to graduate school in museum studies.  The event is hosted by the Museum Studies Student Association and will feature museum professionals and graduate faculty as panelists.  The program will take place in the Baines Room of the Student Union Building.  This is an excellent opportunity for budding museum professionals to learn exactly what graduate programs and future employers will be looking for, so I hope you will take advantage.

Career Exploration Walk-In Hours

Are you feeling confused about your major or career goals?  Are you wondering if the career exploration process is right for you?  Do you want to use our online resources to research careers and majors but feel overwhelmed?

Our Career Information Assistants can help you during our walk-in hours to learn more about the career exploration resources that we offer.  They can explain the career exploration process step-by-step and show you how to navigate the many tools available on our website.  These peer assistants have been trained in how to connect students to the best campus resources to suit their needs.

Drop in during the following times with your questions:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

11:15 a.m to 1:15 p.m.

Sid Richardson 132

Tuesday and Thursday

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sid Richardson Lobby

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sid Richardson 132

University-Wide Majors Fair Today

Come one, come all to the University-Wide Majors Fair from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center today.  Whether you are looking for a new major or just trying to figure out what you can do with your current major, this event is for you.  Click here to view a list of departments and programs that will be represented.  Faculty will also be available to talk about academic minors and secondary majors.  Please join us for lively conversations and stick around for a Dr Pepper float (Dr Pepper Hour sponsored by Career and Professional Development from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.).  See you there!

University-Wide Majors Fair in One Week!

Whether you started the semester undecided on a major or your current classes have you reconsidering your major, please join us for the University-Wide Majors Fair on Tuesday, October 8th.  The event will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center.  We will have faculty representatives on hand to discuss academic programs at Baylor and what they can offer you.  We hope to see you there!

Who Should Attend the Hire a Bear Career Fair?

That’s easy.  Every Baylor student could benefit from attending the fair.

Seniors:  It is not too early to start talking with employers about post-graduation opportunities.  Make plans to attend the fair, research employers before you come, and dress professionally (i.e., in a suit).

Sophomores and Juniors:  Students who complete an internship during college have much higher odds of successfully landing full-time employment upon graduation.  Students who complete more than one internship have even higher success rates.  Wouldn’t it be nice to get your summer plans lined up early?

Freshmen:  This is a great time to gain work experience through a part-time or summer job.  Previous employment may make you a more attractive candidate for internships in the future.  Many of our employers at the career fair offer part-time or temporary opportunities, in addition to full-time jobs.  Also, getting practice talking with recruiters will help you to know what to expect going into future career fairs.  You might even make a contact with a recruiter and keep in touch through senior year.  Some students have secured full-time jobs this way!

The Hire a Bear Career Fair is in a new location this year, the Waco Convention Center, because it is the largest fair we have ever held.  Shuttle buses will pick up at the corner of Speight and 4th Street, in front of Cashion Academic Center approximately every 15 minutes.  The fair is from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, September 25th.  See you there!

Upcoming CPD Events!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a great week so far. We wanted to let you know about a couple of upcoming events so that you can be sure to attend.

The event we have coming up Thursday (tomorrow) is a workshop about how to prepare for the STEM Fair. It is from 5:00-6:00 in Rogers Engineering 106. One of the recruiters from AT&T will tell you exactly what you should do to prepare, and what to expect at the fair. It is really helpful, especially if you have never been to a career fair before, but even if you just need a refresher. There will be pizza and door prizes for those who attend as well!

The big event is the STEM Job Fair coming up Monday September 9th from 1:00-4:00. It will be on the 5th floor of Cashion and we have 57 employers signed up to attend. We are really excited because this is the largest STEM fair we have ever hosted! This is great for all of you because this means that employers are ready to recruit you all for various internships and jobs in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field. Make sure you wear business casual dress, business professional if you have it, no jeans please. Also bring copies of your resume. If you need assistance getting your resume career fair ready come to resume review walk-in hours!

One Week Down


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Can you believe it?  Tomorrow you will have completed your first week of the Fall 2013 semester.    For some of you, this may have been your very first week of college!  Take a minute and think about how this week went.  As you think back on this week, it may be difficult to believe it has gone by so quickly.  Now might be a great time to recognize the capacity that the semester has to fly by and how important it is to make each day count.  We only have a limited amount of time to spend in college, so let’s make the most of it!

One way to effectively use your time in college is to participate in meaningful activities that will help you plan and prepare for the future.  Involvement in student organizations is a great way to learn more about career opportunities in your interest areas, to gain valuable leadership skills, and to build meaningful friendships with others who share your similar interests.  Tomorrow night, Baylor is hosting “Late Night”, which will offer incredible opportunities for you to visit with representatives from over 160 student organizations.  You can get more details about times and locations on their website here: Late Night.  By talking to representatives, you will be able to gather a little more information about what all is involved in the group and if you think it would be a good fit for you.  Remember that a lot of the organizations geared toward pre-professional and academic areas may bring in speakers from their profession to discuss what they do.  These opportunities are rich for networking and potentially setting up an informational interview or job shadow.

A word of wisdom, however: be mindful of the groups you select to be involved in and don’t over-commit yourself.  Consider how often they meet and remember your course load requirements.

Enjoy Late Night!  Live music, games, and free food sounds like a great way to spend Friday night!!