Session Agenda Who Are We and What Are Our Services The Future The Career Development Center



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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
  • Tuesday Evenings open until 6:30
  • We are here to help – Top Floor University Center
  • 570-422-3219
  • RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!
  • Attend 5 sessions and you’re entered for a chance to WIN a Brooks Brothers gift certificate!
  • RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!
  • Attend 5 sessions and you’re entered for a chance to WIN a Brooks Brothers gift certificate!
  • RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!
  • Attend 5 sessions and you’re entered for a chance to WIN a Brooks Brothers gift certificate!
  • November 8th
  • EVOLVE – College to Careers
  • In order to help graduating seniors prepare for the next step, the Career Development Center invites all graduating seniors for a program designed to help them make the most of their spring term and prepare for life after college. Seniors will be informed of best practices on how to increase their chances of success during an interview, money management and transitioning to a new community. Become informed of what soon to expect in life after graduation.
  • Seniors Only
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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
  • The U.S. will fall short by 5 million workers with postsecondary educations by 2020 at the current production rate
  • NACE Salary Outlook 2014/Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook

Reasons to Go…..

  • Intellectual interest
  • Money
  • Vocational interest

Free Money…..

  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Research/Graduate Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Grants
  • LOANS

Application Checklist

  • Take appropriate standardized graduate admissions tests
  • Forwards scores to schools of interest
  • Obtain letters of recommendations
  • Obtain original transcripts
  • Draft, rewrite, polish statement of purpose
  • Send materials to schools

Additional Requirements/Items

  • Writing Sample
  • Clinical Hours
  • International Applicants
  • Interviews

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

GRADES

  • It is what it is!!
  • Obtain transcripts - learn your worst grade, worst semester, worst class
  • GPA in Major vs. GPA Overall

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

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

Essay Do’s

  • 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

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.

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

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

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)

How To Get The Best Letters Of Recommendation

  • Build relationships over time
  • Be nice!
  • Start in SEPTEMEBER
  • 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!

Deadlines

  • Apply for acceptance in SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER
  • DEADLINES fall around DECEMBER, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY…
  • Be sure to check for open or “rolling” admissions

GRE Test Breakdown

  • Section
  • Number of Questions
  • Allotted Time
  • Analytical Writing (One section, Two timed tasks)
  • One Analyze an Issue task and One Analyze an Argument task
  • 30 minutes per task
  • Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)
  • Approximately 20 questions per section
  • 30 minutes per section
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)
  • Approximately 20 questions per section
  • 35 minutes per section
  • Unscored
  • Varies
  • Varies
  • Research
  • Varies
  • Varies
  • Total Testing Time: About 4 hours
  • There is a 10-minute break following the third section and a 1-minute break between other sections.

The GRE Multi-Stage Test (MST): Adapts at Section Level

  • Middle potential score range
  • Lowest potential score range
  • Verbal Section 2a
  • 20 Questions
  • 6 Text Completion
  • 4 Sentence Equivalence
  • 10 Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Section 2b
  • 20 Questions
  • 6 Text Completion
  • 4 Sentence Equivalence
  • 10 Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Section 2c
  • 20 Questions
  • 6 Text Completion
  • 4 Sentence Equivalence
  • 10 Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Section 1
  • 20 Questions
  • 7-8 Quantitative Comparison
  • 9-10 Problem Solving
  • 3 Data Interpretation
  • Highest potential score range
  • Middle potential score range
  • Lowest potential score range
  • Quantitative Section 2a
  • 20 Questions
  • 7-8 Quantitative Comparison
  • 9-10 Problem Solving
  • 3 Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative Section 2b
  • 20 Questions
  • 7-8 Quantitative Comparison
  • 9-10 Problem Solving
  • 3 Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative Section 2c
  • 20 Questions
  • 7-8 Quantitative Comparison
  • 9-10 Problem Solving
  • 3 Data Interpretation
  • The GRE Multi-Stage Test (MST): Adapts at Section Level
  • GRE Score Distribution
  • 151
  • 151
  • 162
  • 159
  • 153
  • 164
  • 159
  • 154
  • 130
  • 162-164

GRE Scoring and Other Details

  • Scoring for Verbal and Quantitative Sections: 130-170 in one point increments and 150 will be the mean; AWA has a 0-6 scoring scale in half-point increments
  • Unofficial Quant and Verbal scores are available right after you finish the test with a 130-170 score; official scores, including writing score are mailed to you and the schools you select 10-15 days later
  • Must wait 30 days to retest
  • The test is offered every day of the year except Sundays and major holidays. Register at www.gre.org
  • The cost of the test is $185
  • Test scores are good for 5 years
  • VERBAL
  • Length: 4 hours
  • Verbal Section
  • Questions: 41 multiple choice questions
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Question Types: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Questions: 12 multi-part questions
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Question Types: Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Two-part analysis, Multi-source reasoning
  • Quantitative Section
  • Questions: 37 multiple choice questions
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Question Types: Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency
  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Questions: One essay
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Question Types: Analysis of an Argument

Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) Scoring

GMAT Scoring Scale

  • 550
  • 90th
  • 80th
  • 60th
  • 7700
  • 660
  • 590

GMAT Scoring and Other Details

  • Total GMAT score ranges from 200 – 800, AWA has a 0-6 scoring scale in half-point increments
  • Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals. Like the AWA, the IR scores are computed separately from the Quantitative and Verbal sections and have no effect on the Total score.
  • Unofficial scores will be available immediately, official scores will be sent in approximately 20 calendar days
  • Must wait 30 days to retest
  • The test is offered every day of the year except Sundays and major holidays. Register at mba.com
  • The cost of the test is $250
  • Scores are good for 5 years

LSAT Test Breakdown

LSAT Scoring Scale

LSAT Scoring and Other Details

  • The LSAT is a paper and pencil test offer 4 times per year: June, September/October, December, and February
  • Scored by raw score (number of questions correct), scaled score (120-180) and percentile score (you score compared to other test takers)
  • Can be taken 3 times in 2 years, scores good for 5 years
  • Cost of test is $160, register at lsac.org

MCAT 2015 Test Breakdown

MCAT 2015

  • Test Cost
  • Offered
  • Retaking
  • Validity
  • Avg Prep Time
  • Application Deadlines
  • Where to register
  • $275
  • Approx. 28 times/year in Jan, Mar – Sep
  • No lifetime limit; can only take 3x/year
  • 3 years
  • 300+ hours
  • Accepted on a rolling basis starting in June
  • www.aamc.org

MCAT Scoring and Other Details

  • Registration opens up in February 2015 with a registration cost of $300. A $150 Amazon gift card will be given to April 2015 examinees. Test dates run April through September of 2015.
  • Each of the four sections on MCAT 2015 will be scored 118-132, for a total possible score of 528.  The mean is expected to be 125 per section for a total mean score of 500.

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