Are you interested in mastering a second field? Or, maybe you’re pensive about switching careers and finding a program? Here are some important tips to consider.
Timing is everything. Examine the amount of time you have to invest and fully dedicate to an intense graduate or other higher learning program. Graduate work is very demanding and at times taxing. It’s best to determine how well certain programs and course work fit into your personal agenda when looking into programs. Sometimes the timing isn’t right. I first considered graduate school more than ten years ago. At the time, I was working as a cub reporter in television news. The plan (in late 2000) was to earn a Master of Arts in Broadcast News. I took the necessary steps to arrange a meeting (at another D.C. based university) with the director of enrollment, interview students in the program and tour campus. I later determined it wasn’t the right time. Instead, I focused on honing my skills as a writer and on air talent working everyday in the field.
Find the professional studies program which aligns with your interests. Alignment is one of the most important components of selecting a program. You really have to evaluate your career, professional goals, personal life, and purpose when considering graduate school. Self assessment is also vital as you really want to enroll in a program which amplifies or compliments your talent. Try to map out what you hope to gain from any program before filling out applications. Those colorful leaflets and pamphlets stamped with college emblems are printed for a reason. Use the information as a resource and follow up with university personnel. Think about how the program will enhance your life. I was definitely allured to Trinity Washington University in 2007…for I knew it would be significant in shaping my future purpose. Ironically enough, the program congruent with my life was the study of organizational management. I could have never imagined the bigger, newer, brighter picture that unfolded before my eyes.
Immerse yourself in the program. Make a commitment to master your field. You do this by becoming a sponge and diving into every task your professor assigns. Be curious and ask provocative questions in the classroom. Don’t settle for the “ordinary” and just getting the job done. You were selected to be part of the program because of your intellectual capabilities. It’s your job to show professors your level of commitment, enthusiasm and quality work. Challenge yourself to become an innovative thinker. Always maintain professionalism, especially when making business presentations. Lastly, perform tasks in the classroom as if it’s your office.
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