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  1. Hi everyone! I graduated from UCF Dec 2017 with a bachelors in legal studies and minor in criminal justice. I had hopes of becoming a lawyer but after working at a law firm and interning for a judge, I realized it just wasn't for me. I then decided to switch directions and started working towards getting a doctorate in physical therapy (I was originally a biomed major when I started college and wanted to go to med school but was also super interested in law). After much thought and having tried my hand at having hands on medical experience working as a tech in a trauma unit at a hospital, I realized the medical field wasn't really for me and I still longed for a path similar to my undergrad degree. I did some research and became really interested in a master in public administration (MPA). I want to further my education with UCF since I had a great undergrad experience and the MPA is offered online which is great because I really don't want to move back to Orlando. UCF also offers a dual MPA and master in criminal justice. I want to apply to that program but I'm worried because I don't have much relevant work experience. Since 2018 I've worked for a medically-integrated fitness facility (fancy way of saying gym that is owned/operated by a hospital) because I tried to get into the medical field it was a great foot in the door. Now that I want to get an MPA/MSCJ I'm worried I won't be seen as a great candidate since I am lacking recent relevant work experience. I had a 4.0 in my major and worked at a law firm throughout my last year in school. After graduating I interned for a criminal court judge for a few months before moving back to my hometown and I helped the judge conduct research on a capital punishment case. I now work at a gym that is owned by a well-known not-for-profit hospital. I started as a front desk employee before moving up to exercise specialist/personal trainer. I do volunteer (at least I did before COVID) for various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Children First, and others. I really don't want to leave the job I'm at because it pays GREAT and has amazing benefits but I do worry that admissions committee won't see it as a positive. Basically, I'm worried about my lack of recent relevant work experience affecting my chance at being accepted. Anyone have any insight into getting admitted without too much (relevant) work experience? TL;DR Graduated in 2017 with plans of being a lawyer, changed my mind and worked towards becoming a physical therapist. Started working at a gym that's owned by a hospital so it's not a typical gym get my foot into healthcare, changed my mind again and want to get my MPA/MSCJ but worry that my lack of relevant lack experience will hurt my application.
  2. I have completed BTech Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai India in 2014 with a cgpa of 8.86, Department first, university rank holder. Have an above average academic record and IELTS score 8. Worked as an IT professional for five years. Now married, looking for masters in canada in Health Informatics or Bioinformatics. From the official websites of the top 20 universities of Canada, I can see I meet the basic eligibility criteria. But, recently one of the consultants I spoke with, told me that I have higher chances of being rejected either in the application phase or in the Visa phase because I am trying to apply for a life science course but have a good work experience in IT. Is it true? If yes, what other courses should I be looking for? I can share more information if required.
  3. Hi all! This is my first post on here so hopefully I am posting in the correct place. I am in the process of applying to grad school for Speech Language Pathology for the Fall 2020 cycle. Needless to say, I am SO nervous!! I've taken the GRE (154V, 141Q, 5 W), and am planning on retaking this month to hopefully bolster those scores a bit. I'm an out of field applicant but completed a leveling program last year and have spent this year volunteering to hopefully get some more experience to add to my resume. My main question for anyone out there: does work experience help with SLP grad school applications at all? I currently work in an unrelated field jut to make money to pay the bills, but I recently got a job interview for a position as a Behavior Interventionist at a nonprofit that for young adults with Autism. The pay cut would be...severe, honestly. But I am willing to do whatever it takes to be the best applicant I can be so I can get into a grad school for SLP. I'm just not sure if your work experience actually helps you stand out in the application process. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thank you so much in advance for your help!! 😊
  4. Hi, I have started drafting my SOP, i'm facing a blocker on how to bridge my two years of work experience in an different field in my SOP. Should i not mention it or how can i cover the same in my SOP. I did my bachelors in Electrical engineering and sad part is that i'm working in TCS for the past two years now. Any help is appreciated.
  5. Hello, I am currently in the process of marketing myself as a candidate for an SLP master's program. I know that having relevant experience in the field is a really big selling point. I currently just work at a minimum wage waitress/server position to pay the bills, but am planning to quit/cut down on hours so I can pursue a job in the field. I just wanted to ask how everyone else was able to obtain a position/gain experience without a license. I'm researching Speech Therapy clinics and rehab clinics in my area and am planning to email them and reach out to ask if they have any positions available. Is there anything else I can do? Also, what would I call the position? Shadowing position? Mentorship position? Assisting position? Internship? I just don't know how to phrase it in my emails (It would also be nice if I can get paid...) Any advice on getting a position or alternative places to look and apply would be helpful! Thank you ?
  6. I graduated from undergrad 10 years ago with a terrible GPA (2.3). Now, I'm looking to attend an online grad school program in Computer Science. I'm a very different person than I was 10 years ago. I have over 10 years of industry experience now and have since been promoted to staff software engineer at a reputable company. I've kept up learning by completing over 10 MOOCs. It seems like a decade of experience matters much less than my low undergrad GPA. Is it even possible to get into a grad school program? Are there any schools that weight experience more than GPA? Feels like the only way to even be considered is to attend classes in a non-degree program and score a very high GPA. Any other ideas?
  7. If you're anything like me, you're thinking "jeez I haven't heard back/gotten accepted anywhere yet....wth will I do this fall?" In my desire to have some sort of a plan (if only for being able to work towards something and remain sane), I've thought of a thousand other things I'd like to/plan to do if I don't end up going to graduate school. Some are silly (biologist-turned-celebrity-chef) and some are legitimate (gain more research experience and network), but all have the potential to be extremely valid come graduation in a few months. What about you?
  8. Thanks in advance. I graduated in the fall with a 3.53 GPA, BS in Sociology (Criminology) and a minor in History, from a Land Grant Public Research University. My plan for much of my undergrad career was to attend law school, but I always considered a graduate program in history. Now, after working at a law firm as a research assistant for several months, I am refocusing on a graduate program in history, as that is where my instincts and heart are taking me. I would like to pursue a PhD, as academia is one of my more focused goals. My question is whether private legal research, separate from a University, will be appealing to a PhD program? I passed up a research position at my school for the legal job, as I thought it would help me more with law school (and money). Now I am wondering if I have shot myself in the foot... I have a lot of research paper experience from UG with my Sociology degree, and was just shy of a dual degree with History, so I have quite a few classes on my transcript. I would like to get in to a really good program, but worry I don't have enough academic research experience, at least that I can put on a CV. My Alma mater has a strong graduate (MA and PhD) history program, that isn't ridiculously expensive. I wonder if an MA would make me a more appealing candidate under the circumstances? Any recommendations are welcome
  9. I just graduated from University of Pittsburgh in Computer Engineering. My GPA is merely 3.3. But, I still want to go for my master degree. I will be go back to China and start to work around the end of February 2018. I will 2 courses from OMS CS Ga Tech at Fall 2018. ( I would assume I can get at least A-s). When I apply for my Fall 2019, would the time I already worked be counted as the time of my work experience (~Half year) ? Or the time prior to Fall 2019 (One and half year)? Should I consider apply for Fall 2020 for better chances? Here are my goals for my MSCS application: Ambitious: USC (CS general, Game Dev) Ga Tech(MSCS through OMS CS transfer) UPenn (CGGT, an one year program) Dartmouth (MS in CS with digital art) UCI (MCS) NYU (MSCS) Safe: while(not admitted && not given up) { Continue working and apply for next fall. }
  10. Hi, I graduated from my bachelors (BA in Social Sciences) in 2013. When I graduated I was very confused about what I wanted to do, so I decided to move home and work for a before applying for Masters. I took a job in market (qualitative) research about a month after graduating - mostly because of a general interest in culture and human psychology. I stuck around for 2 years because I was told it wouldn't look good if I left earlier, but by the end of it I was sure I did not want to make it a career. I then went into brand consulting, but left after 8 months because the place I worked at was not well managed at all - there were frequent (very) late nights, having to do work that I did not have the skills for and lack of proper training and poor management meant that I was absolutely burnt out by the end of those 8 months. So I quit without another job in hand or a back up plan, which they say you should never do, and took 2 months to just recuperate. I then (on a whim, really) applied for an internship at a think tank in my city where I worked on the website and editorial team - collecting and creating content. I enjoyed this much more than my previous 2 jobs (I think I just liked the people I was working with much more). At this point, aware that I had already worked at 3 different places, I began to feel the pressure to commit to a field of study for my Masters, so I "chose" public policy, even though I haven't actually worked in a policy research think tank and am still not 100% sure I'm passionate about the subject. I am now looking to apply for Masters in Public Policy for fall 2018. To fill my time until then, as I realize most places will not hire someone just for a year, nor do I want to get into the rigmarole of settling into a full time job, I am looking to apply for policy research internships. However, this will mean that I have worked at 4 different places in as many years. How bad will this look on my application? Will universities be wary and think my application looks scattered and confused based on all the different places I have worked? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you!
  11. Hi all, This is my first post. After searching a bit through the forum, I haven't really found an answer to the questions I am asking. While some types of work experience definitely seem to be more valuable than others, I was just hoping for any information about how volunteer work and community/grassroots organizing is valued for MPA/MPP students? My ideal career is hopefully gonna combine policy, communications, and outreach. I have worked as a community organizer for a non-profit dealing with reproductive rights for about a year. Additionally, I also have six years of volunteer experience for a local arts/culture non-profit and another year of volunteer experience for a non-partisan voter education organization. Basically, should I wait awhile longer before applying (and get a different job) or will this been seen as valuable work experience? My apologies if this question seems obvious- I can't really find any information on it. Thanks!
  12. Type of Undergrad: Top 5 Chinese university with top 2 econ&poli sci departments in the countryMajor: EconomicsUndergrad GPA: 3.51Type of Grad: Top 2 IR programs in the US, strong econ focusGrad GPA: 3.83GRE: 169 V, 167 Q, 4.5 WAny Special Courses: Grad-level - Econometrics, Applied Econometrics (Cross-Sectional), Advanced International Macroeconomics, and a series of China studies coursesLikely Letters of Recommendation: One from program advisor (a highly renowned, though policy-oriented China expert, whom I worked with as an RA for one year); one from another professor in China field (got an A and impressed her with the final paper); one from undergraduate econ professor (co-authored two econ papers)Research Experience: One year RA in China studies as metioned above; three published dissertations in Chinese journals (one pure econ, one political economy, one political theory)Research Interests: Comparative, Chinese politics, Methodology Quantitative Skills: STATA, SPSS, planning to learn R before application Other: Currently working in China to fulfill a two-year home residency requirement stipulated by the scholarship I received for graduate studies (working in the financial industry, completely irrelavent to poli sci); will have two-year full-time work experience plus several professional internships presented on CV by 18Fall My main concerns: 1. Professional rather than truly academic training at grad school, as well as several years of work experience in non-academic/politics areas: will these hurt my chances and should I use a full section in SOP to stress on the explanation? 2. Writing sample: choose between several course papers during graduate years (better polished and formatted, but few quant method applied) and the undergraduate thesis (published, with basic econometric analysis, but the methodology could be somewhat flawed if it was subjected to greater scrutiny) Any thoughts/comments/advice would be much appreciated!
  13. Hi all, I'm not planning to apply for MSW schools until next Fall, but I feel like I need to start making decisions soon to figure what I want to do. I want to eventually work in a policy/administrative role, but I also enjoy working directly with people. I have a BA in International Studies with a minor in Economics and have a lot of academic preparation for policy work, but my post-graduate work experience is in more direct service roles. I had a case management position working in a transitional housing program for immigrant families for my first post-grad year, and now I work as a case manager in a prenatal program in a clinic that serves a mostly Latin American immigrant population. After speaking with and learning about the work that LCSWs in my workplace do, I don't think I would want to do clinical social work as a career. While I enjoy working with people, the parts I enjoy most about my job are learning about different health and social programs in the county and transferring this knowledge to clients - I don't really want to do psychotherapy. I've heard the term mezzo social work thrown around but never got a good idea of what a mezzo social work job would look like - something with a combination of direct and macro practice? That seems ideal to me but I'm unsure how many of these jobs actually exist. I also have a fairly strong stats/quant background and experience as a research assistant - I don't want to waste all that I learned in undergrad. I've thought about applying to macro MSW programs, but I'm afraid that my lack of macro work experience wouldn't make me a strong candidate. Would I still be able to get a macro/mezzo job post-MSW with a clinical track but if I pursued leadership/research opportunities? I also am afraid of missing out on learning clinical skills with a macro track that would be useful to know when evaluating programs/doing community organizing/etc. Has anyone here pursued a clinical MSW track but ended up working in a macro/mezzo job? Alternatively, has anyone applied and gotten in to a macro track program with just direct practice work experience? Any advice is appreciated, thank you!!
  14. Hi all, I'm considering applying to dual MSW/MPP programs next fall, and I was wondering if anyone had advice on what I should do to make myself more competitive. I studied International Studies and Economics as an undergrad, and I have a fairly strong statistics background. My undergrad institution is a small, public liberal arts school that doesn't assign grades, but rather all students receive a narrative evaluation for each course completed. Most of my narrative evaluations of are quite good, but I'm not sure that admissions committees will read them. I figure I'll have to do very well on the GREs to make up for not having a GPA. Additionally, I don't have any full-time work experience in policy. I graduated in May 2015; for my first year out of undergrad I was an AmeriCorps volunteer doing direct service in a housing program for immigrant families. I now work in a prenatal program at a clinic that serves immigrant families, doing psychosocial/health assessments, resource referrals and pregnancy options counseling. I really enjoy working directly with people, which is why I took another direct service position after AmeriCorps, but now I'm not sure if it's what I want to do for the rest of my career. Plus I'd like to not waste my education in political science and economics that I got in undergrad. So, I feel like my lack of grades and full-time policy work experience are two huge marks against me - is it even worth it to apply to an MPP program? I know that my experience working directly with people would influence how I approach studying/working in policy, but would admissions committees buy it? I've heard of people getting into MPP programs who previously worked in non-policy-related jobs in the private sector, and honestly I feel like my direct social service experience gives me a better understanding of social policy than many people who have exclusively been in the private sector. In terms of qualities that may help in MPP applications: I'm fluent in Spanish, have lived abroad for one year, have had internships in non-profits doing grant writing and program development, and I have part-time work experience as a statistics tutor and research assistant. I'm sorry for the long post - I'm just feeling a little lost and I'm not sure what to do! Any advice on any part of this post would be much appreciated (also happy Thanksgiving to everyone!)
  15. Hi guys, My background is chemical engineering. I did my M.Sc. right after my B.Sc., and I have been working in the industry for about 10 years since. I have had 4 jobs altogether. All of them are related to engineering, but they are not exactly relevant to what I want to do for a PhD. For example, I have done a lot of process engineering, process simulation, equipment design and sizing, hydraulic calculations, etc., etc. These jobs all require chemical engineering as a foundation, but they don't qualify as a full-time research experience. So I feel that the work experience is not exactly going to be relevant if I want to go after, say, monte carlo optimization as a PhD (although I know full well that I can do it). So, do you think the 10 years of work experience in a (semi-related but) irrelevant field to the research interest would be helpful to a certain degree? If I mention in the SOP that I find the monte carlo subject to be very interesting and I have the required skills to be successful at it, would that suffice? And some of my jobs are less relevant to grad study, but they are not by choice. I got laid off a couple of times and had to take what was best available to me given the situation at the time. I feel that addressing this in the SOP would sound very whiny and negative. I mean, the fact that I still manage to be in my profession after all the volatile job market situation should count for something. Or should I point that out too in the SOP to make for a more survival story? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks.
  16. I'm currently a third year undergraduate student, studying Computer Science. I plan to apply for a research based Masters programme in Computer Science (in particular, Machine Learning) and shall start right after graduating, i.e. in fall 2017. Recently, I have been wondering if joining a Masters program right after graduating is the best idea. If I do get some relevant work experience (say, a year long), will it improve my chances of admission in the good CS schools? Additional Note: My current school doesn't provide any AI courses. However, I'm working on a six months project in machine learning right now. Thank you!
  17. When writing my personal history and including my work experience, 1. I only realized how much my ADHD affected my ability to work until after I graduated college the first time, and 2., I jumped around from temp agency to temp many times over several years among other attempted jobs I hated and left rather quickly, and 3. ,I have 2 resumes on two topics? How would I even begin to explain this sort of work history? Just leave many jobs that lasted less than 6 months which I basically tried and gave up on, out? And focus on my resume with the most art related experience and down play my post degree and the work most relevant to that as it isn't what I'm apply for grad school for?
  18. Hello! I really need to get in gear in the next couple weeks and write up SoPs and personal statements for the MPP and MPH programs I want to apply for. Here are some sample prompts: For professional master’s program SoPs, how thoroughly should I develop my areas of interest? I have several, all within the purview of health/health policy, but otherwise relatively unrelated (e.g., the separation of physical and mental health vs. intelligent regulation of emerging technologies that have a direct impact on public health, along with a few others, though most aspects of health policy interest me on some level). My interests are largely motivated by work I did in classes during my senior year. I worked part-time in college in various positions, only one of which was particularly relevant to my choice in graduate studies (and then, only loosely, as I was an administrative assistant). I can discuss how one of the other jobs dissuaded me from pursuing medicine, though. I graduated in May and currently have a full-time position that is... shall we say adjacent to health policy, but I’ll only have been working for ~3 months when I write these essays. Is it improper to rely heavily on educational experiences (classes I really enjoyed that left me wanting to learn more) in my SoP when the prompt for the personal statement specifically asks for educartional opportunities?
  19. I am interested in applying to San Jose State's MPH Distance Learning Program for Community Health Education in the next year or two. I am a recent graduate of UC Davis (June 2010), with a BS in Psychobiology and a minor in African/African-American Studies. I will be starting a job as a Staff Services Analyst with California Prison Health Care Services next week, and I would like to know if this job will give me the work experience to apply for the MPH Program. In a nutshell, I'll be an auditor for CA Prison Health Care Services, and I will: analyze action plans, facilitate meetings with program managers to prepare action plans, ensure that action plans are compliant with the mission of the department, review external audit reports, and analyze confidential cases against the department. Does this sound like it would count as public health work experience?
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