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How to Get the Best Graduate School Recommendations 

You will be measured on the overall “strength” of your admission application which includes your letters of recommendation. The extent to which your letters of recommendation are prioritized by the admissions committee varies by program. Whether you need two or …

By Brenda Fabian
Brenda Fabian Senior Director of Professional Graduate Career Services
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Making the Most of Your Summer Break by Learning a New Language

As summer approaches, many students and recent graduates may feel the pressure to secure internships. However, there are alternative paths to personal and professional growth. Taking the reins of your learning and development during summer break can be an empowering …

By Beatrice Ke
Beatrice Ke Career Service Intern
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How to Prepare a Graduate Business School Application Checklist

Every university and program is unique, just like every graduate student. In addition to the checklist below, some programs may require supplemental materials such as work or project samples, a portfolio, or English Proficiency Test Results (for international students).

Many …

By Brenda Fabian
Brenda Fabian Senior Director of Professional Graduate Career Services
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I graduated… now what?

The sad news is we all have to leave the Happy Valley eventually. Apparently, we can’t be in college forever. As a recently graduated Penn Stater, I found myself asking myself: “Now what?” as graduation crept up on me. And …

By Anika Sinha
Anika Sinha
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Graduate School Rankings Matter and Here’s Why

When was the last time you were excited to stay at a two-star hotel or eat at a restaurant with only one star? There is an innate reason why you were not interested in lower-ranked establishments.

It is in our …

By Brenda Fabian
Brenda Fabian Senior Director of Professional Graduate Career Services
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Use the Value Bridge to Ace Your Interviews

The internship and job search process is time-consuming and competitive. The Value Bridge is a tool that offers candidates a framework to quickly and systematically organize their company research to their unique talents and skills based on the needs of …

By Brenda Fabian
Brenda Fabian Senior Director of Professional Graduate Career Services
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The Mechanics of a Handshake, and Why It Matters

Greetings and even handshakes may vary across cultures and contexts. The goal of any professional interaction should be to make a connection with the other person and demonstrate courtesy and respect.

How you greet someone with a handshake is one …

By Brenda Fabian
Brenda Fabian Senior Director of Professional Graduate Career Services
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Summer Advice for College Students

Here are some tips for what to do with your time throughout the summer months!

Get an internship or micro-internship
Update your resume
Learn a new skill
Get a summer job
Volunteer
Read
Explore!
Try a new hobby or sport

By Tina Rose
Tina Rose Director of Professional Development and Programming
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How to Choose Your Smeal Schedule

Every year, students get the chance to choose their classes for the upcoming semester. It is extremely important and critical that students pick the right classes not only for their GPA but to graduate on time and gain the most …

By Ritika Nagpal
Ritika Nagpal
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Networking for Beginners

Networking for college students can be influential in finding, obtaining, and starting a career after school ends. When networking, there are some finite details that one must keep in mind during the process. First, be aware of whom you are …

By Anthony
Anthony
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814-863-6161
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114 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802

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