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Why Go to Graduate School (Video)

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Find out all the reasons to go to graduate school and how to go about choosing the best programme in line with your field of interest.


In this video admission directors from various graduate schools talk about why and under what conditions you should consider pursuing a Masters degree, as well as the best practices for choosing the right school for you. 

Sidney Uderani – Assistant Director, Admissions at Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Sidney Uderani recommends pursuing a degree in the Social Impact field, because of the constant innovations within the industry and a Masters degree could be of great help for someone to get into one of the highly prestigious organisations.

Colleen Marshall – Associate Director, Admissions at Graduate School of Journalism

Colleen Marshall thinks that a graduate programme is an investment in your career and gives you the chance to focus on what you’re passionate about. She advises candidates to start early with preparations, talk to admissions offices and get information from the institution’s website.

Grace Han – Executive Director, Admissions & Financial Aid at School of International & Public Affairs

Grace Han strongly advises you to only consider attending graduate school if you are completely aware of what you want to get out of it.

Lynn Astorga – Coordinator, Graduate Student Services at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Lynn Astorga says you should make sure the school you choose not only offers the concentration area you’re mostly interested in, but that it will also help you develop the skills required for the job you want to have after graduate school. Moreover, she advises that you visit the institution, and that you ask to sit in on a class and meet a professor who does research in your area of interest. Also, find out about the experiences of current students. This will really help you with your decision.

Check out: The Top US Graduate Schools Ranking 2018

Jane 0’Sullivan – Senior Director, Admissions and Financial Aid at Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Jane 0’Sullivan states that the piece of paper itself is not a guarantee for a great career. What’s important is everything else you engage with surrounding your graduate school experience – networking with fellow students, faculty and alumni of the institution. Other important activities are attending events, internships or part-time jobs. All those things will really make a difference.

Check out: How to Prepare Your Masters Application

 

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