November 5, 2010
Questions about grad school? Free UW event on Nov. 10 can help
On Wednesday, November 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., UW Professional and Continuing Education will hold a free panel called "Navigating Grad School as a Working Professional."
[Flickr photo by djfoobarmatt]
"Many working professionals are concerned that they will not be considered competitive for a graduate program because they have been out of school for a long time," says Christine Noyes, advisor for UW Graduate Enrollment Management Services. "To their surprise, we really do want to hear about their work and the connections they see between it and what they want to study."
To address this topic and more, Noyes will moderate a panel of people who recently earned a master's degree at the school while working full-time. The occupations and academic disciplines of the panelists are about as varied as they come: one's a construction project manager at REI who earned a degree in construction management, another's an assistant director of ambulatory pharmacy services at Harborview who earned her degree in health administration, and a third is a senior business development manager at Microsoft Game Studios who received his degree in digital media communication.
Besides revealing whether they thought grad school was worth it, the panelists will discuss:
- How to juggle school, work, and family life
- What the application process is like and what requirements to expect
- What sort of class schedule, format, and "homework" you can expect
- How to polish those rusty study habits and academic writing skills
- How to find synergies between your school and work projects
- How to get your family -- and your employer -- on board
A reception following the panel will give attendees a chance to network with each other, the panelists, and the cadre of reps present from a host of UW graduate departments. The event, which will be held in UW Tower Auditorium at 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE in Seattle (map), is free and open to the public. You can register for it here.
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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