aerial shot of Grad Fair with tables set up and people conversing

Are you guys as exhausted as I am about hearing that there are no decent opportunities for
new grads out there? It seems like almost every few weeks or so we hear or read something about the entry level job market that never sounds super promising. Be it television, radio (yes, I actually am a millennial that listens to talk radio), social media, or good old fashioned newspapers – we’ve all heard this message. The most frustrating part for me, however, is that many students begin to second guess their undergraduate degree and experience and start thinking that the next logical step to get themselves ahead of the pack is to apply to grad school.

Now, grad school is a wonderful option, but if the only reason you’re considering applying to grad school is to try to get ahead of your cohort, you may need to do a bit more soul searching. Is grad school right for you? Is grad school necessary to get into the career of your dreams? What skills and experiences are also necessary to develop for that career? Have you considered cost? Do you know exactly what you want to do with your Masters or PhD? Is grad school something you can circle back to after a few years in the working world? These are a few questions you might want to consider in deciding whether to apply to grad school.

Luckily, at the Career Centre, we have thought of a great place for you to start: The Graduate and Professional Schools Fair which is this coming Wednesday September 30th from 10am-2pm in the RAWC. We will have over 100 programs and faculties represented at this years’ fair, from med school, to teachers college, even a graduate degree in forestry! We will also represent college post-graduate certificates, and more! The grad fair is a great place to start answering some of the questions about whether grad school is the option for you. You can find a list of programs participating at the fair at https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/careers/graduate-and-professional-schools-fair. This is a great opportunity to start asking some questions of the representatives attending about their respective programs. Our Career Centre staff will be on hand at the entrance and exit tables to answer any questions you have as well.

If after the fair, you’ve decided you’d like to pursue to option of grad school, we have many workshops listed in the Career Learning Network that you can register for, or you can make an appointment to speak to Career Counsellor by visiting the Career Centre in DV3094, or by calling (905) 828-5451.

image of Michelle Atkinson at the Grad Fair

Full disclosure, you guys: if you read my bio, you’d know that I was seriously considering teachers college in my final year of university. It wouldn’t have been the right move. However, now that I have been in the working world for a number of years, I’m starting to feel like my master’s degree is something I would like to pursue. Come and find me at the fair, I’d be happy to share some insights!

Michelle Atkinson

Coordinator, Events and Employment Services

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