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

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