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  1. Hi! so I just started my job as a new SLPA, working with kids at a preschool.. They gave me cases so I started calling parents and give start dates to the coordinator. I’d like to know, what do I say to parents? What things do I discuss? How do I properly introduce myself? “Hi Im the SLPA, calling from ‘insert business name’ and I like to schedule an appointment”? Thanks
  2. Hello I come from India, and I'm final year undergraduate student in political science honors. I have admission at Hertie School in Master in public policy. I have a 35% waiver. However, the course fee is extravagant still. As I will be taking a loan IF I plan to go to Berlin, I am very much concerned about its repayment. So, what do you think says the Berlin job market for MPP international students? Any additional information about Hertie will help me make this choice!
  3. Currently admitted/ prospective or alumni of Evans, what has been your impression of Evans for MPA degree? The corses, career opportunities? I am highly interested in policy making/analysis and I feel like Seattle is not an ideal place for that. So who reputed and prestigious is Evans name, would it help me in my job hunt? Please let me know about your impression and experiences in Evans. I have to decided between GPS, Harris (15k fuding ) and Evans and it is increasingly getting stressful! Thank you
  4. I’m new to this so I hope it’s in the right spot but anyways I started a temp to hire position three months ago under the premise I was going to get hired while applying to PhD programs. Long story short, my employer is now saying that they may not actually hire anyone (everyone in my department is currently on the temp to hire track), but I’ve accepted an offer to a school out of state, far out of state. School is more than five months away. Should I tell my employer that I’m leaving now with the chance of never getting hired in the interim or wait until a month out so I can train my replacement under the assumption that they keep me on? Really could use advice. Thanks
  5. Hey everyone. I recently graduated this semester. My plan is to work for two years in order to save up money for a masters program. Right now I have my sight set on the masters program at University of Houston in ME/Aerospace Engineering. However, I am in a bit of a predicament. I graduated with a BS in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. My GPA was low. I got a 2.94 gpa on 63 credit hours. I only had 63 credit hours since I transferred from the University of Texas at San Antonio. My GPA there was a 3.78 on almost 80 hours. However, when you combine the GPAs, it comes out to 3.42. My questions are: will grad schools look at the combined GPA, or will they only look at the GPA of the institution I graduated from? And also I have 2.5 years of research with two projects done. Could this possibly help my chances? And will working for two years up my chances of getting into a masters program as well? I have yet to take the GRE. I’m
  6. Hi all, I have the following credentials: Undergrad degree from Canadian University (in progress) Work experience relevant to my field (co-op) Canadian citizenship I want to do a Ph.D. right after my bachelor's degree. Since this is rare in Canada, I was looking at some American universities for their Ph.D programs. Hence, I was wondering, will a USA Ph.D. receive the same equivalency as a Canadian Ph.D. in the Canadian job market? I ask this because I noticed that many students with a Ph.D. from overseas (such as Asia) often find it hard to get a job here because their Ph.D. is not recognized. Any opinions/insights welcome ?
  7. I have a M.S. degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. For the better part of the year, i have yet to find a job in this field, better yet, Im having issues with finding a job at all. What are my job opportunities with this degree? I want to get into neuromarketing but I dont know how to go about doing that. I may have an upcoming teaching position at my old university however that's not something I would want to do for a long time. The other options I have are to go back to school in either counseling or I/o psychology. I just want to know what i should be doing.
  8. Hi Grad Cafe, I've been selected as a top 3 candidate for full time position in an English department at a community college. I have a final interview with the college president and the dean in a few weeks. Any tips on how to prepare for this? They didn't provide any extra info. I did a teaching demonstration and 60 minutes worth of question and answers in the initial interview. Like many people in the field, I'm feeling a bit desperate for this. It's my only successful application, and I'm terrified of my future if I don't get the job. Thanks for any help!
  9. I have an internship that will leave me about 5 weeks to do something else, and I'm hoping to find something during that short time to do. I'm in law school, with broad interests.
  10. As the title suggests, how do I do it? I already know when I'm going to quit (end of May. Moving to my graduate school state in June. Giving them a month to find someone to replace me). The issue is how do I do it? If I tell them that I'm going to graduate school, they'll probably feel betrayed because I've only worked there for a year and had every intention of quitting if I got accepted (I work as a Paralegal in a law firm). I would tell them sooner, but then there's the off-chance that I immediately get fired, which I wouldn't blame them for. How have people told their employers they were going to quit because of grad school in the past?
  11. I am having trouble deciding between a few school's Biomedical Science PhD programs and would appreciate any insights people may have about these programs relative to each other: UW-Seattle Northwestern DGP U of Michigan PIBS Somethings I am curious about are Placement after graduation Research quality and breadth I am not completely sure what I want to study but am interested in virology, microbiome research, and genomics Environment and culture of program Interaction with and quality of other students Reputation/Quality of life Some more background info: Interested in industry after PhD in Biotech, Biopharma, or even Life Sciences Consulting/Investing Already completed undergrad at UW- should I go to another school so it doesn't look like I just wanted to stay in the same place all my life? Tagging some people I have seen be active on the forums: @strugglebus2k17@siliconchins@Budeer@synapticcat@StemCellFan@devbioboy@JacquelineY@gaga1994@TrashPanda@BigPharma@eevee
  12. Hey everyone, I made a post earlier regarding WFU's masters program in particular, but I wanted to make a thread about the general experience of what people have chosen to do when they're not going to a PhD straight from undergrad. I'm new here so I'm still learning the posting etiquette on gradcafe, but I apologize if this topic is too closely related to the other thread. I feel that this is a different question though, whereas the other thread was about WFU specifically. Hopefully this is OK. Basically, I was wondering what people's experiences have been with doing a non-PhD grad program or a gap year. Specifically, has doing a masters program before applying to PhD in clinical and non-clinical disciplines ever worked against you in the admissions process? I hear some things about how doing a gap year is better because it's very independent, whereas masters programs are often very structured. However, I definitely see a lot of people successfully going to great PhD programs after completing a research masters, so I'm sure this is just unfounded/hearsay. What's everyone's experience with this? Does anyone do any applied masters programs (like MS or a licensing program)? I also hear things about Post Bacc programs, although rare. Or alternatively, has anyone tried to do a paid job or internship for their gap year before reapplying? Thanks in advance!!
  13. Hi, I'm in my second semester as a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature. I know some people might think that it's too early for me to start worrying about what to do to get hired, others might be thinking that it's never too early, others might be saying "you're a comparative lit. major, there are no jobs" lol, but please just stick with me a moment. I'm looking for advice on how I can become a more competitive applicant when applying for assistant professor jobs (and similar jobs) after I finish my Ph.D. I'm technically first-generation college student (my parents dropped out of college, and my much older sister went to college later through a continuing studies program and received a masters online. However, she doesn't work in academia) so I'm pretty lost here about how all of this works and what's attractive to universities. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to stand out. I've been told that I should go to conferences, so I applied to two and got accepted. Are conferences helpful or do you feel like it doesn't make much of a difference? Should I try publishing more? Researching (you know, outside of my future dissertation work)? If so, how do I start approaching professors or institutions, in general, to start doing that? After graduation, should I apply to a post-doc program? If so, do you know of any stand out ones that I should aim for or even what people look for when hiring post-docs or do you just feel like post-docs are unnecessary? My fellowship requires me to teach one semester gratis. Should I attempt at teaching more? Older students in my department have suggested getting a masters in another department (i.e. English, French, Anthropology, Theatre, etc.) to further diversify myself and make more valuable connections, but I'm not sure if tagging on another year or two to finish another degree for the sake of networking is that beneficial especially when comparative literature programs require you to take courses outside of your department anyway. Should I start building more experiences outside of academia (In undergrad, I was an EIC of a publication for a year, I've also worked in publishing, tutoring, mentoring, and led a social justice/community service non-profit organization for a year, and I minored and worked in social media for a bit-- should I keep doing more things like that in grad school or is it time to refocus and just build on one or two things?) If I sound really young, lost, and a little overwhelmed, it's because I am. I graduated from a private university with a degree in English (writing) in three years and was accepted straight-way into this Ph.D. program when I was 20 going on 21 years old. My program requires 48-course credits, after this semester (I entered in Fall 2017 right now I'm in Spring 2018 semester) I would have 24 credits so I'm approaching that halfway mark with my coursework (I probably need to slow down a bit, but I can't hold a job on this fellowship minus departmental related research/internships relevant to my career so I don't have anything really going on at the moment). I'm required to take a minimum 9 credits Fall/Spring each and a minimum 6 credits in the summer so I'll be at 30 credits when the Fall 2018 semester commences. I'm not at a prestigious ivy league school; I'm in a very small program at a pretty large public university. I don't feel like me being young with a good fellowship is enough to really stand out. So if anyone knows about ways I can further build my CV and experiences to become a better applicant for future jobs, that info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  14. Hi, everyone! I am an international student applying for 18fall Ph.D. in computer science programs in US. Now I've applied for 15 universities but only two of them are in California (i.e. UCR and UCSD). Here is my list of choices: Lotteries: CMU and U of Washington Top tier: GATech, UCSD, Wisconsin-Madison, UTexas Austin Realistic choices: NEU, Stony Brook, PSU, UCR, UVa, UMN Safe schools: George Mason, W&M College, UTexas Dallas So I made up these choices based on my backgrounds as well as the fact that the competition on PHD positions is fierce especially for this year. I did not choose too many UC schools because I've known that the universities in California have been extremely selective even since last year. As for my background, my current undergraduate GPA is 3.78/4 ranking 18 out of 303. My TOEFL and GRE are 106 and V157+Q170+AW4.0 respectively. I joined a lab of my school doing researches on distributed systems and had several research experiences. However technically I don't have any published or accepted paper, but three conference papers in submission. For details you might as well visit my personal page (https://excelle08.me). So here's a problem, a friend of mine attending MS program in computer science at UCR tells me that I'd better study in California so as to boast more convenience on internship and job applications. However personally I've avoided California to some extent and set my preference on solely research strengths of the universities and professors (by looking up csrankings.org as well as publications of the faculties), without caring much on location. So could anyone tell me if the location matters when it comes to job opportunities? Or it's just personal skills matters and companies usually won't hesitate paying one for trip to onsite? What about five years later when the CS industry might cool down? Any advice please?
  15. I want to leave my PhD program and am in the process of looking for jobs. I am wondering how to report the "future graduation" date, while trying to avoid confusion and having my application outright rejected by recruiters.
  16. Hi everyone, I am about to go to the US for a masters in chemistry. My intention is to apply to a PhD program after my MS degree is awarded, but I was wondering about the possibility of working before continuing to a doctoral program. As an international student, what would be my chances of getting hired by any company? I know that companies try to avoid hiring foreign workers since the visa and/or residency permits are costly to obtain. But has anyone here been hired under these circumstances? How was your experience? Please share stories or comments that you consider to be useful for me and others in the same situation. Thanks
  17. Which one should i choose for MS CS: Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ North Carolina State University,NC Which one has better internship and job opportunities??
  18. I'm about to finish college (Bachelor's in Computer Science) and I've been thinking about applying for a master's degree. I got really good grades in my first year of college, I was in the top 5% students, but during my second and third year I worked full time as a software developer so my grades dropped quite a bit (receiving mostly unremarkable and even some poor grades in my second year). That is in great part due to my attendance, since for most of the subjects that I've had, your activity throughout the year influenced the final grade. I've been thinking that I can offer an explanation regarding this in my motivation letter, but I'm not sure just how in depth should this explanation be. Should I just mention this situation it and leave it at that or should I also give out the reasons I thought focusing on my job, rather than my college classes, was worthwhile? I know that I've screwed up my chances for getting a master's degree at a really good university, but just how bad will this look, after all, I did work into a field closely related to my my field of study, so it can't be all bad, right?
  19. Hey everyone! I'll be attending BC in the fall to get my MSW. I'm very excited because it means taking out minimal loans as long as I find a part time job. I'm not worried about being able to juggle school work and class work (as I am juggling 35 hours a week at a preschool, 10 at a crisis hotline, an internship and 9 academic credits currently). However, I currently work in a field that is loosely related to social work as I'm working with children. I would most prefer to work in a field that is also related during my masters program in Boston, but it doesn't seem like child care will be possible with how my weekly schedule is going to look and the fact that I don't plan on taking my car. This leads to my question. Those of you who are currently in an MSW program or are planning to attend one while working part time, what kinds of jobs are you going to be looking for? i have worked as a server and other unrelated type jobs before, but I would really like to stay within the field if at all possible. I'm sure there are other jobs out there other than childcare that are related to the field. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  20. Hi you guys, I'm preparing for the next year cos the application results are not ideal. I want to continue doing research to accumulate experience, but at the same time, I have to work to support myself. So I'm thinking about full time or part time lab manager or RA position. But I don't know where I can find relevant information.
  21. Applicants are being sought for a half-time or full-time Research Coordinator position in the WELL Center (an expansion of the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change) at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, under the direction of Dr. Evan Forman. Drs. Forman, Butryn, and Juarascio are conducting multiple NIH-funded clinical trials in the areas of (1) using innovative approaches to improve diet, health and weight, including new forms of behavioral treatment; (2) computerized "brain training" neurocognitive trainings; and (3) smartphone app-based machine learning interventions and algorithm-based optimized interventions. Coordinator responsibilities will involve coordination of one or more existing trials. These responsibilities include: helping to develop study protocols; scheduling and conducting participants’ clinical research assessments; tracking participant progress; managing data and coordinating data collection; maintaining contact and approvals with NIH and IRB; and supervising part-time research assistants. Advanced skills in data management and data tracking/analysis software (e.g., REDCap, SPSS, Microsoft Access, Excel) are a plus. Opportunities also will be available, as desired, for additional data analysis and preparation of poster presentations and/or manuscripts related to the projects. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and coursework and/or work experience related to the conduct of clinical research. Candidates will be asked to commit to staying in the position until the summer of 2019. This position is excellent preparation for individuals who wish to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology or a related area. Start date is flexible, but July 2017 is preferable. To apply, please click the link below to complete a questionnaire and upload your CV. Applications will be reviewed as received. If you have problems or questions, contact research coordinator Cara Dochat (cld93@drexel.edu). Click HERE to apply.
  22. Hey everyone, I'm having a little dilemma about whether to enroll in a PhD program or not. In some ways I believe I must and in other ways I am wondering if I really need to do it. It's just such a long road that I don't want to waste time on if I don't need to. So here is my background: I have a BS in chemistry from a very good public US university. I performed undergraduate research there for about 1.5 years but didn't really accomplish anything significant (was just to get exposed). After my junior year, I did a summer research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering 3rd author on a paper about polymeric nanoparticles for kidney diseases Graduated in May 2015 and received a Fulbright Fellowship to use targeted nanoparticles to deliver gene therapy to different hematological malignancies. So far I have 2 publications from this: small contribution on a review of delivery strategies of siRNA to hematological malignancies first author on a commentary on a siRNA aptamer study to modulate T cell function I will hopefully have/be working on another publication on my own work when I am leaving. I was accepted to Weill Cornell pharmacology program (fall 2016) but deferred for a year to continue doing my Fulbright project for some more time So now I am supposed to start PhD in August 2017 My interests/career goals: I really enjoy what I am working on, and would like to stay involved with and of the following: nanomedicine, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, gene therapy, delivery strategies I don't want to go into academia I am interested in research but it has to be at a very applied level within therapy (preferably in cancer) However, I don't want to work in a lab forever I believe I want to go into industry but not in a typical fashion... managing a biotech startup or maybe biotech venture capital sound appealing to me. What I want advice on: Given my experience and prospective career path, is a PhD just a rite of passage I must go through? Or should I find a job instead and work my way towards what I would like to be in? Due to the novel nature of the subjects I have interest in, I have a feeling that I must do a PhD to be qualified (nanomedicine, gene therapy, immunomodulation) If the school I am supposed to attend has a few researchers that are not doing exactly what I want to do but are related and I would accept work with, should I settle for one of these? Or should I not pursue the PhD if I don't find someone who matches exactly what I want? What kind of jobs can I get with this experience? I am not really sure because all I have is a bachelor's degree but I have been performing research at the level of graduate students for quite some time now. Thanks in advance for all the help.
  23. I have read on several websites that the WGS departments nationwide are still expanding and hiring. Can anybody provide some background information on the origins and histories of WGS departments? To what extent does this claim holds true? How possible for a WGS phd focusing on sociology approach to secure a position in sociology departments?
  24. Hey everyone! I AM LOOKING FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN SLP WHO: LIVE NEAR/IN/CAN GET TO MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO ARE NOT (YET) IN THE SLP PROGRAM WANT ONE ON ONE EXPERIENCE WITH A MAN WITH APHASIA AND HAVE FREE TIME WEEKDAY / WEEKEND MORNINGS I am beginning the SLP program in Sept and looking for someone to take over my job. I am a personal worker for a family in Mississauga who's father is in a long term care facility. He had a stroke last year and has come a long long way with his resulting aphasia. The job entails driving to the home, doing naming and memory games, reading to him, taking him for walks and just having conversation with him! He is the such a wonderful man with a great spirit and personality. The family is just as great and his daughter is willing to write a letter of recommendation to anyone who does a good job! They are looking for someone available 3 times a week for about 2-3 hours each. If you can only do 1 or 2 days, they are willing to hire more than one person to share the job. Please only inbox message with legitimate interest and if you transportation to Mississauga each week. (Will give more details/my contact info upon request) Please feel free to copy and paste this to anyone you think has relevant background/interested. I really care about this family and want to set them up with someone reliable. Thanks so much
  25. Hey everyone. I've got a question for those of you who are already doing your phd, finished, or professors, etc. So I've just graduated with a degree in politics, and I'm changing my field to comparative literature or english or media studies (Brown). There are a few schools in the US that I find ideal for my studies and interests. They got top scholars in the field and so on. Ok so my problem is that I got a gf who wants to move with me and I'm not American and neither is she so we'll need visas. But America doesn't allow your dependent to come and work there so she can't really come with me. On the other hand, Canada does allow you to bring your partner and give her rights to work there, so that'd be perfect for me and my gf. However, the problem is that there are fewer schools that match my interests there, and I can't really find the very top scholars in my specific field. Anyway I'm not asking here whether I should choose my personal life over career. I just wanna know what people think about doing grad work in Canada in English, Literature, Literary Theory, etc. Thanks!
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