Post-grad: It’s never too early to consider what comes next

October 1, 2018 | Campus Life

Whether you’ve been dreaming of grad school since the day you walked through MacEwan’s doors, or haven’t even considered what comes next when you walk out of them, dropping by this week’s Graduate School Fair is a great way to get inspired.

“We have representatives from 43 master's, PhD and professional graduate programs – including medical and law schools – from all across the country,” says Dorothy Ritz, manager, Career Development and Experiential Learning. “No matter what discipline you’re studying, it’s a great way to get a lot of information in one place.”

Grad school certainly isn’t one-size-fits-all – there are thesis- or course-based programs, options for full- and part-time study, and residency and non-residency programs. Being able to talk with admissions officers and advisors can help you get the answers you need to narrow down which programs you might be interested in. It’s worth going, says MacEwan alumna Laura Gilmour (BA, Pscyhology ‘11).

"I really wanted to stay in Edmonton, so I only applied to one graduate school. It's worked out and I’m happy with my experience, but it was risky,” says Laura who is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, where she’s focusing on qualitative research into the experience of children who have autism. “If I had to do it again, I would try to keep an open mind and do a bit more research – Graduate School Fair is a great place to do that.”

If you can, come prepared with questions about what different programs offer, what they look for in prospective students, admission requirements, how to apply and the kinds of careers a program might lead to.

Graduate School Fair is on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium on the second floor of the Robbins Health Learning Centre, and all MacEwan students and alumni are welcome. Check out the list of exhibitors.

If you’re not sure grad school is for you, have questions about funding options, or want to know more about preparing for grad school interviews, standardized exams, or building or maintaining relationships with academic references, Career Development and Experiential Learning can help.     

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