I have gotten a lot of questions regarding my educational career and what "path" I took to "get where I am today." I love getting these questions but can only give generalized advice for what I know has worked for myself and some of my peers.
I also want to point out first and foremost that I'm not a licensed career coach or advisor, not to mention what my career path looks like is a) not what I pictured for myself at all and b) will differ from yours just because we are different people!
Considering pursuing an undergraduate university degree or taking it a step further and doing graduate school? Here and some IMPORTANT things you should know before, during, and after applying!
Let's just talk real quick...
I don't know about you guys, but when I was little I saw tons of movies that depicted university in a certain light: heavy courseloads, out-of-control parties, lots of making out with hot strangers. In my family, when we talked about university, it was emphasized just how big of a huge commitment it was and what sort of high expectations were attached to it.
"It will be extremely demanding but a rewarding experience," I once remember my Abuelo telling me when I was at the breakfast table with him one morning. He was discussing my wanting a PhD... at the age of seven.
Back in the day the line was that if you went to university you were guaranteed a job in that field by the end of your four years. Us millenials know that it doesn't do that at all, but it does sometimes act as a stepping stone in an increasingly competitive job market.
If you enjoy the intellectual challenge, can see yourself dedicating multiple years of your life to a certain field/topic, and aspire to publish/teach/research then this may be a wonderful opportunity for you! If not... then there is no shame in skipping out on university. It is not for everyone, and that's okay!
ASk yourself these questions Before applying:
Your time at university can help you develop the expertise and connections required to kick-start a career, move up a level, or enter a new field. But make sure to consider all your options before applying for a university: what actually matters to you? What are you interests? What would your ideal employment prospects/earning potential be?
What to look for in the university hunt
As you begin to research universities and their programs, one thing that helped me keep track of everything was a spreadsheet! I would gather all of the information I needed there (including program specialities, professor contact details, requirements, and deadlines). Here were some things I looked out for:
You've picked a school and are ready to apply - now what?
You've narrowed down what school you see yourself at for the next few years... now what do you do? Whether you're in high school applying for an undergraduate university or someone with a bachelor's degree applying for graduate school, you want to make sure you have a few things handy.
She joked, "You should get into the university just for your organization alone."
Some tips for your written works
A few more things...
Did You make it? Congratulations!
remember, once you're there...
Know your program requirements and timelines
They usually look something like this...
I hope this little guide helps you get started! as always, do your own research for your unique situation. buena suerte, amigxs!
Hi! I'm Melissa, an Australian-based Latina science educator, podcaster, and freelance writer. I spend a lot more time on Instagram and Twitter, but blogging is my first love. Thanks for stopping by — I hope you stay a while.
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