Grad School Career Guide

Graduate school encourages you to realize your potential. Use this guide to learn everything you need to know about the grad school experience.

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Queen's University - School of Graduate Studies

How does grad school impact my career goals?

Graduate school provides professional development, networking opportunities, and provides chances to build up your CV – all things that can lead to a higher pay grade and more employment opportunities.

If you want to do grad school, I would say to go ahead and jump right in! There are fewer classes and you get to study topics that you are really interested in.

Jennifer Campbell, Engineering Physics PhD student, Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies

Program search strategies:

Organize basic program details on a master chart, like location of school or duration of program

Sort programs by important deadlines to keep your applications on track

Contact admissions to clarify requirements

The 6 Tricksters You Meet In Grad School

It can be hard to manage the various responsibilities of a graduate student. Juggling research, coursework and the ever-receding...

Queen's Graduate Student Lands Job At Library Of Parliament

There are some careers that come up pretty regularly in conversation. But how often do you meet someone who works in art conservation?...

Infographic: A Generation Of Loaners

Members of Gen Y are having trouble finding employment after graduation and their pockets are paying for it. A study released by the...

Applying To Grad School? Advice From An Expert At Queen's University
Applying To Grad School? Advice From An Expert At Queen's University

Colette Steer is the Manager, Recruitment and Events for the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University. "My work involves two...

Make The Most Of Your Career Centre: Getting Out There
Make The Most Of Your Career Centre: Getting Out There

Once you have your resumes, cover letters and interview skills ready to go, you'll want to explore potential careers, meet people in your...

Quick Tips From A McMaster Grad In Graduate School
Quick Tips From A McMaster Grad In Graduate School

Stepping off that stage with your degree or diploma in hand can be one of the proudest, and most daunting, of your life. Especially when...

Why Graduate Students Should Get Involved On Campus
Why Graduate Students Should Get Involved On Campus

As a student - graduate or otherwise - there should be more going on in your life than just your schoolwork. Many students think that...

Graduate School Helps Kinesiology Grad Start Public Health Career
Graduate School Helps Kinesiology Grad Start Public Health Career

Many students are eager to find a job in their chosen field after graduating, and most find one. But how many find two? After...

Unique Ryerson Digital Specialization Program Provides Career-Essential Skills
Unique Ryerson Digital Specialization Program Provides Career-Essential Skills

Next year, third-year Ryerson University student Pamela Livingstone will graduate from the Ted Rogers School of Management with a...

UBC Engineering Grad Chooses To Study Abroad And Complete Her PhD In France
UBC Engineering Grad Chooses To Study Abroad And Complete Her PhD In France

You know what they say: it's not what you know but who you know. That old cliché turned out to be true for Raha Vafaei: while completing...

Should You Go To College After You Finish University?
Should You Go To College After You Finish University?

In the fall, I took part in the Communications and Marketing Networking Night at University of Toronto Mississauga. It was my second time...

Joining The World Of Academia: Insight From An Associate Professor At York University
Joining The World Of Academia: Insight From An Associate Professor At York University

Sometimes, the next step that you take as a student can be the most mysterious - especially if you're interested in entering academia....

A Barrel-Full Of Continuing Education Options In Agriculture
A Barrel-Full Of Continuing Education Options In Agriculture

What do you call someone who is outstanding in their field? A farmer! Besides being an opportunity for a lame joke, nothing else...

Mining-Related Master's Degree, PhD And Post-Grad Programs
Mining-Related Master's Degree, PhD And Post-Grad Programs

For those who have pursued an education in the mining sector and are looking to dig a little deeper in their studies, there are many...

How To Find Out If Your Major Is Right For You And What To Do About It
How To Find Out If Your Major Is Right For You And What To Do About It

So your college or university major isn't what you thought it'd be. Maybe, the career opportunities you thought you'd have haven't panned...

Have You Ever Thought About Getting Involved In An Undergraduate Research Journal?
Have You Ever Thought About Getting Involved In An Undergraduate Research Journal?

There is a misconception that submitting to academic journals is only something that professors and upper-year graduate students do....

The Pros And Cons Of Getting A Master's Degree: Is Grad School Worth It?
The Pros And Cons Of Getting A Master's Degree: Is Grad School Worth It?

First, they told you that a bachelor's degree was the way to a higher salary. Now it seems that graduate school is the new destination...

The 8 Dos And Don'ts Of Applying To Grad School
The 8 Dos And Don'ts Of Applying To Grad School

DO Visit the school you are applying to and connect with faculty and prospective supervisors. Having that face time with a member of...

What Should You Do After Your Master's Degree?
What Should You Do After Your Master's Degree?

Once you're in a master's degree program, one of the most important things you have to consider is what you will do after you finish your...

Grad Student Says A Semester Studying Abroad In Sweden Opened Doors
Grad Student Says A Semester Studying Abroad In Sweden Opened Doors

Adam Kingsmith isn't overly diplomatic about how spending a semester in Sweden has helped his international relations career: he says...

Do You Need A Master's Degree To Start A Green Career?
Do You Need A Master's Degree To Start A Green Career?

The world is changing and, although this may be an inconvenient truth, you're ready to do something about it. While the rest of your...

How I Became A Media Intern In Toronto
How I Became A Media Intern In Toronto

It was reading week 2009, but no matter how much reading, or not reading, I did, I couldn't seem to find the answer to the one question...

The Benefits And Challenges Of Intensive Summer Programs
The Benefits And Challenges Of Intensive Summer Programs

People might think that it's a bit strange for students to spend their summer not only at school but also studying genocide. Last...

Queen's University Engineering Physics Graduate Student Making An Impact One Nanocantilever At A Time
Queen's University Engineering Physics Graduate Student Making An Impact One Nanocantilever At A Time

In the Engineering Physics PhD program at the Queen's University School of Graduate Studies, Jennifer Campbell is working with tiny,...

Grad School: A Different Kind Of Gap Year
Grad School: A Different Kind Of Gap Year

The summer before I moved to Toronto to do my master's degree at Ryerson University, I was terrified that I had made the wrong decision....

Post-Graduate And Continuing Education Options In Insurance
Post-Graduate And Continuing Education Options In Insurance

Think you can stare fiscal chaos in the face while always staying one step ahead? I'd recommend a career in insurance. If you've...

Growing From The Post-Graduate School Rejection Letter
Growing From The Post-Graduate School Rejection Letter

Anxiously looking at the clock, you see him walking up the driveway. Finally! He's 10 minutes late! Each day you wait for him to arrive...

Cool Graduate Degrees And Certificate Programs For Technology Grads
Cool Graduate Degrees And Certificate Programs For Technology Grads

Have you ever thought of going further into your technology career? Or perhaps you've worked for a while and you're looking for growth...

Need A Change After Graduation? Travel Abroad For Grad School
Need A Change After Graduation? Travel Abroad For Grad School

After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics and working for a few years in...

Geography MA Student Starts Her Career With The National Inuit Organization
Geography MA Student Starts Her Career With The National Inuit Organization

Becky Mearns is a first-year geography MA student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Becky's undergraduate degree, also from...

How To Organize Your Graduate School Search
How To Organize Your Graduate School Search

Applying to graduate programs can be time consuming and expensive, so it might not be feasible to apply to every program that interests...

Danielle's Grad School Update: Second Term, End Of Term
Danielle's Grad School Update: Second Term, End Of Term

I'm officially half way through my Masters program!  w00t! So what has happened since my midterm update?   A LOT.  This term was...

Doctoral Grads Important To Canadian Work Force - But Half Are Overqualified For Their Jobs
Doctoral Grads Important To Canadian Work Force - But Half Are Overqualified For Their Jobs

The number of Canadian students pursuing university education has increased greatly over the past several decades. In turn, this has lead...

Danielle's Grad School Update: Second Term, Midterm
Danielle's Grad School Update: Second Term, Midterm

I'm six weeks into my second term, and although there are some similarities from last term, there's a lot going on that's new, too....

How To Establish A Good Relationship With Your Teaching Assistant (From A TA's Perspective)
How To Establish A Good Relationship With Your Teaching Assistant (From A TA's Perspective)

In first-year classes with tutorial groups or labs (as well as second and third year classes), your teaching assistant is probably...

Canada's Best Global Business Schools
Canada's Best Global Business Schools

Bloomberg's Businessweek placed six Canadian schools in their expanded 2010 list of Top Global Business Schools - including four Canuck...

How To Get Your Work Published As A Graduate Student
How To Get Your Work Published As A Graduate Student

As a graduate student, you are encouraged to do other activities other than those associated with your course work. This can include...

Danielle's Grad School Update: Month 4
Danielle's Grad School Update: Month 4

I think I was a little bit too cocky the last couple of months, because December pummeled the crap out of me.  It was like getting a...

On Being A Teaching Assistant (TA) In Grad School
On Being A Teaching Assistant (TA) In Grad School

Grad school funding comes in many forms. Some students are lucky enough to be awarded fellowships (scholarships that don't need to...

Danielle's Grad School Update: Month 3
Danielle's Grad School Update: Month 3

Three months in, and I'm starting to get a hang of things here. But November was still a very difficult month to be a (relatively)...

Making Long Distance Relationships Work During Grad School
Making Long Distance Relationships Work During Grad School

Baby, please don't go Anyone can find themselves suddenly having to endure the challenge of maintaining a relationship across borders....

How To Find Your Home, Sweet Home Away From Home At Grad School
How To Find Your Home, Sweet Home Away From Home At Grad School

Finding your "Home, Sweet Home" can be an ordeal when you go away to university. And since most new grad students will need to...

Danielle's Grad School Update: Month 2
Danielle's Grad School Update: Month 2

You know that old adage, "Time flies when you're having fun"? Well, it flies when you're in grad school too! In October, I...

3 Ways To Build Your CV During Grad School
3 Ways To Build Your CV During Grad School

A curriculum vitae, or CV, is not a resumé. (Recommended reading: When it comes to grad school, what's the difference between a...

How To Deal With Moving Away To Grad School
How To Deal With Moving Away To Grad School

Now that you're starting your master's degree, you have to get used to a new campus in a new city, make new friends, find your...

Graduate School Options For Business Students
Graduate School Options For Business Students

For most business graduates, the natural choice after graduation is working for a few years and then heading off to business school...

What To Do When You Hear Back About Your Grad School Application
What To Do When You Hear Back About Your Grad School Application

You applied to grad school. You sussed out what programs you were interested in, you wrote a CV, you asked for reference letters,...

When It Comes To Grad School, What's The Difference Between A Resume And A CV?
When It Comes To Grad School, What's The Difference Between A Resume And A CV?

A curriculum vitae (predominantly called a CV, although sometimes a vita) is a biographical account that outlines ones career and job...

Danielle's Midterm Grad School Update
Danielle's Midterm Grad School Update

The weeks and days leading up to my move to Ottawa to start my program at Carleton I was really nervous. Would I get along with my...

Why The Graduate Secretary Should Be Your New BFF
Why The Graduate Secretary Should Be Your New BFF

There are few people more important to your life in graduate school than the graduate secretary of your department. This person is...

Fellowships, Scholarships And Paying For Grad School
Fellowships, Scholarships And Paying For Grad School

The good thing about grad school: you take fewer courses and fewer years to complete your degree. The bad (bad, bad) thing about...

How To Find A Super Supervisor For Graduate School
How To Find A Super Supervisor For Graduate School

Once you get to grad school, the choice of primary academic supervisor to guide your research and writing is critical to your...

You've Got The Write Stuff, Baby: Your Grad School Research Statement
You've Got The Write Stuff, Baby: Your Grad School Research Statement

Aside from having the grades to get into the program, writing your research statement is the most difficult part of the whole...

How To Figure Out Which Grad School Location Is Best For You
How To Figure Out Which Grad School Location Is Best For You

You've been doing your research to apply to grad schools: looking at the school, the program, the faculty, its facilities and...

How To Decide Whether To Stay At Home Or Go Abroad For Grad School
How To Decide Whether To Stay At Home Or Go Abroad For Grad School

You might not have gone far from home for your undergraduate studies. Perhaps you only went as far as the nearest major city. Or,...

Getting Ready For Grad School: Grades, Exams And Application Deadlines
Getting Ready For Grad School: Grades, Exams And Application Deadlines

Even though the Fall 2010 term hasn't even started, it's already time to start thinking ahead about admissions in 2011. A year in...

How do I make the most of an academic conference?
How do I make the most of an academic conference?

Question: I'm going to an academic conference this summer with a professor. Since I want to go to grad school, how can I make the most...

On The Personal Factors That Can Affect Success In Grad School
On The Personal Factors That Can Affect Success In Grad School

Academic advisors might warn students about heavier workloads, research expectations, and the increased competitiveness of grad...

Should You Go To Grad School?
Should You Go To Grad School?

You've put in somewhere between four and six years into your undergrad and you're now considering other options for the following...

This Is What They Don't Teach You In Grad School
This Is What They Don't Teach You In Grad School

You can only learn how grad school works by actually experiencing it. Many future (and even current) grad students are not sure...

Book Review: Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision To Go To Grad School
Book Review: Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision To Go To Grad School

OK, so you liked doing your undergrad. You liked what you studied, you liked the social atmosphere of your school and you're...

Not being accepted to grad school changed my perspective of failure
Not being accepted to grad school changed my perspective of failure

I have known since second year that I wanted to go to graduate school, get my master's degree and earn my PhD. So, from the summer...

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