Earning a graduate degree can open many doors, but how do you know which is right for you? Here are some first steps you can take:
Watch Candid Career videos to hear interviews from professionals in over 200 occupations.
Meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester to discuss your class schedule and academic requirements.
Gaining 1-2 quality experiences each semester can help you explore yourself and career opportunities.
- Check out Campus Life Night to find an organization you would like to join. Look into joining the Graduate Student Association or local professional association chapters in your field.
- Seek assistantships or on campus employment. You can make some extra cash and build your resume.
- Stop by the Community Service Learning Center to find volunteer and leadership opportunities connected to your interests.
Talk to others!
Friends, family, GVSU faculty/staff, and professionals in your field are all interested to hear your plans and may be able to connect you to further opportunities.
- Informational interviews are conversations with people in fields of interest for you. You can have a formal or informal discussion over the phone or Skype, via email, or in person. You can find a list of sample questions here.
- Job shadowing is observing a professional on-site during their work day. The Career Center can coach you on how to set up a job shadow.
- Create a LinkedIn account to connect with alumni in your area of interest. Check out where GVSU alums have landed.
- Attend Career Center events to explore the world of work with professionals in various fields.
- Check out the events calendar to learn about what’s happening on campus.
See What's Out There
Feeling stuck? Come to the Career Center's CareerLab, schedule an appointment, or attend a Career Center event to learn more from a career advisor.