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Stop Procrastination When Job Searching

Monday March 7th - Wenyu

Regardless of the cause of job search procrastination  (e.g. no sense of urgency, no clear job target, lack of time to search, or unsure of how to start looking for a job), here are some tips to help you overcome the procrastination. Remember, it is never too early to start the job search. The earlier you start, the easier the actual search will be!

1. Clarify Your Goal

It takes time to figure out what kind of job you are interested in. Talk with friends and family members about your interests, and a career advisor at CECS about potential career plans.  Taking self-assessment questionnaires may also help you better understand your strengths and weakness and identify job positions that you may fit in.


2. Break Your Goal Into Smaller Steps

After clarifying your goal, the next step is to break it down into smaller goals. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when considering the whole career planning process, and it can be challenging to know where and how to start it. Breaking the job search process into smaller tasks, and setting deadlines for each phase will make it more manageable. You could start by editing your resume, updating or creating your LinkedIn profile, consulting with a career counselor, attending a professional development workshop or reading a career book.


3. Manage Time Efficiently

It is understandable that academic studies, extracurricular activities and socialization may take precedence over your job search. However, it is still worthwhile to take some time on a daily or weekly basis to work on your job search goals. Make a detailed calendar of your daily schedule to identify time that you can designate to working on job search goals. 


4. Be Confident

The job search process can be tedious and full of uncertainties. It is normal to feel stressed and stuck. However, don’t let being upset stop you from continuing your job search. Take a break and get yourself prepared for the next opportunity. The most important thing is to be confident about yourself. Talking to a career advisor about where in the job search process you are stuck may help you get back on track and boost your confidence about your abilities.

Be sure to check out all the resources available at CECS and online that can assist you in your job search. Good luck in your job search!

- Wenyu


How to Apply for Graduate School

Tuesday February 16th - Wenyu

Are you interested in pursuing graduate studies after graduation? Here are some tips that may help you with the applications.

1. Graduate School Ranking

Search for the top graduate schools in your desired field of study to gain a better understanding of your options. Check out US News Websitehttp://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools for more information.


2. Standardized Test

Some graduate programs may require standardized exams, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission. GRE has two components: a General Test testing verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning skills, and a Subject Test testing seven fields of study (Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology).

Law, medical and some business schools require completion of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and Graduate Management Test (GMAT), respectively. Prospective students are required to register online and complete the test according to the admission requirement. Want to know more about the standardized tests? Check out the following links:


3. Personal Statement/Admission Essay

The personal statement is your first opportunity to showcase yourself. Be creative and informative as you introduce yourself. Explain why you want to attend graduate school and why the program is a good match for your skills.


4. Letter of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation allows committee members to begin understanding your character and work ethic. The quality of your letters rests on the quality of your relationships with professors. Make a good impression on professors, establish research contacts with faculty, and seek out experiences that will set your apart from other prospective students. Letters from employers can also be included if they include information on your skills and aptitude relating to your field of study.


5. The Interview

Some programs may offer interviews to candidates. It is an opportunity for you to showcase yourself and explain how you will be a good fit for the program. As for some thesis-based programs, it is recommended to contact the prospective faculty in advance to indicate your research interest, get to know more about the potential research and funding opportunities, and make a good impression on them.


6. Deadlines for Application

The deadlines for application vary among graduate schools. Mark all the deadlines on your calendar and make sure all the documents are ready and submitted successfully before the deadlines. If you have any concerns about the application, do not hesitate to contact the academic secretary for more information.

Good luck with your graduate school applications!

- Wenyu