Many students mistakenly believe the OPCD is not able to help them if they are interested in graduate or professional school. However, we actually have a lot of information and resources to help students navigate the path from college to career, including graduate school! We work closely with the faculty who advise students considering attending graduate school for medicine and pre-health professions, law, business, divinity as well as many other academic paths. Today, we offer the top 5 tips for seniors seeking graduate or professional school.
1. Meet with the Appropriate Adviser
Since the preparatory process for applying to different graduate programs is so unique, meet with the appropriate advisers to learn more about specific timelines and steps you should be taking right now. They will provide advice tailored to your specific needs and situation.
2. Update and Tailor Your Resume and Professional Documents
Resumes, personal statements, and other documents for graduate programs are subtly different than those for the world of work. Ensure you are emphasizing the characteristics that make you an attractive graduate school candidate by visiting the OPCD (Reynolda 230) during resume review hours (Mon-Thurs 2:00pm-4:00pm, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm) to have these documents reviewed.
3. Figure out Finances
Graduate school is not cheap. Remember that in addition to tuition, there are many other costs associated with graduate school. Thoroughly research all of the costs of attendance and the methods you may pursue to afford the degree. Research potential scholarships, work-study opportunities, assistant positions, and available student loans in order make this investment in your future possible.
4. Obtain Letters of Recommendation
Every graduate program will ask for recommendations from professors and professional contacts. Connect with your recommenders early to allow them the time they need to write a strong, positive recommendation. Remember that you will not be the only one asking for recommendation letters, so request them early to ensure you have your letters by the necessary deadlines. Don’t forget to include materials they may need to write a recommendation such as your resume or a letter of interest stating why you would like to attend a particular program.
5. Prepare for Your Interviews
Prepare for your interview by researching the program thoroughly and scheduling a mock interview. Search websites such as Petersons.com or the program’s webpage in addition to discussing the program with Wake Forest alumni and your professors in order to receive additional information and advice to help you prepare for your interview. Also, attend the Graduate & Professional School Day on November 7th from 10:00AM – 1:00PM in Benson 401 to meet with representatives from the different schools to which you may have applied. Furthermore, schedule amock interview to practice your interviewing skills and receive constructive feedback on ways to succeed.