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Decisions: Career & Degree

Graduate programs prepare students for a specific career. Taking classes to fulfill your undergraduate degree requirements may help you learn about careers, but it will not give you enough information to determine if a career that sounds interesting is really right for you.

Graduate schools want to know that you've thoroughly investigated the career for which their program will prepare you. They will look at your application packet to see if you've had internship experiences relevant to that career - to see that you are ready to make a committment.

The sooner you begin the career development process, the sooner you'll become confident about your career goals and will know exactly what you can do as an undergradute to become an attractive candidate for a specific type of graduate program.


Licenses & Degrees. As you investigate careers, explore all of the various types of jobs in the field and the degrees that could get you into the field.

If, for example, you are considering a career in law, will you need a J.D. or would a paralegal certificate be a better fit?

If you are ready to commit to a career in health care -- do you really want to be an medical doctor, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner?

If you want to be a licensed mental health care professional, which license will be best for you - LP, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT - and which degrees will prepare you for each type of license? See Behavioral and Mental Health Care for more information.


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