Is Graduate School in Your Future Plans? Utilize These Resources for Your Career Trajectory!

Considering graduate school is an important life decision. There are many options to consider when choosing your program based on your academic and professional goals. Setting your goals early, establishing a timeline, and staying on top of applications, are important for creating your vision and action plan!

Is graduate school the right fit for attaining your career goals? According to Harvard Business Review, here are some questions to consider:

  • Should I go to graduate school? What types of skills am I looking for?
  • When should I go? Is it better to go right after undergrad or work first?
  • What type of degree should I get? How does each apply to my career path?
  • Where should I go? Which faculty teach there? What will I learn in the program?
  • What is the cost?

Evaluating programs:

Applying to graduate school:

Smeal College of Business offers a variety of one-year residential master’s programs (several are STEM-designated) to provide students from interdisciplinary undergraduate backgrounds with advanced technical skills in business.

Here is a preview of the following programs; early application deadline is October 1st:

Master of Accounting

Master’s in Business Analytics

Master’s in Corporate Finance

Master of Science in Real Estate Analysis and Development

See the Business School Hiring Report: Corporate Recruiters Survey (2019) for more information about hiring demand for MBA and business master’s graduates, hiring practices, and trends by industry and world region.

Penn State Career Services will be hosting the Fall 2020 Graduate & Professional School Week on October 21st from 11:00am- 4:00pm Eastern Time:

The Smeal Business Career Center provides a wide range of services, such as resume review, cover letter review, application essay review, personal statement tips, letters of recommendation, career coaching, etc. Schedule an appointment through Nittany Lion Careers to discuss how graduate school fits into your career goals!

By Jana Jaffa
Jana Jaffa Associate Director of International Employment and Specialty Graduate Programs Jana Jaffa