University Career Services
Robin Kazmarek, Director
Patrece Robinson, Assistant Director
John Sheehy, Career Development Coordinator
Flagler Hall room 100
Is Graduate School Right for You?
Will a degree help you to advance in your career or is it
required to enter your profession?
Are you dedicated to the number of years and energy it
will take to complete a degree?
Do you LOVE the field you want to go into?
Are you going because you don’t know what kind of job
to look for?
Do you have financial resources to cover graduate
Are you burned out academically?
Will getting an internship or working for a year or two
help you get into schools you would like to attend?
Do you have the qualities and skills that are needed to
be successful in graduate school?
Exploring Careers & Programs
FOCUS online self-assessment - Research Occupations
Occupational Outlook Handbook
What Can I do with a major in?
Networking with Alumni
Number of Students
Adapted from Dave Burrell’s “Getting In: An Applicant’s Guide to
Graduate School Admissions”
Rate of Attrition
For Master’s Students – do they offer
For Doctoral Candidates
Average length of time
Previous dissertation topics
Age of Professors
Possibility of Funding
Big Fish / Little Pond?
Costs or Workload?
The Dupont Ball Library offers excellent
Grad School resrouces
More search resources
are your best resource
Faculty at Grad Schools
Dissertation Abstracts (ask a librarian)
The Big 3 – GSR
Grades - how do you get a SEALED
Plan in reverse order
Making Friends with Faculty
“Take the time to get to know faculty
outside of class– and, more importantly,
give them an opportunity to know you. The
best letters of recommendation will be
from those persons who know you well,
and who can write a letter that speaks
specifically to your strengths and
Dr. Karen Kaivola, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences,
Stetson English Department
Where to find them?
Be complete and careful
Stetson's Counseling Center is a testing
site for LSAT, GRE, and MCAT
Stetson Office of Continuing Education
offers resources for test preparation
The Dupont Ball Library also offers test prep
resources including free practice exam. Go to
the Library's database page
In the alphabetical list of databases (right side of
page), scroll down to, then click on Testing &
Click on Graduate Search, then “Get Ready to
Score High!” The following graduate-level exams
are included: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and
Miller Analogies (MAT)
“Don’t discount the importance of the personal
statement or how hard it will be to write one that
stands out from the crowd. Writing a good one
will take multiple revisions and critical readers:
your task is to write something that only you
could write, given your particular combination of
interests and strengths, and in language that
shows something of how your mind works.”
Dr. Karen Kaivola, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences, Stetson
Ask Early, tell them about your interests
Provide samples of your work, transcript,
Fill out your part of the form
Provide a stamped envelope.
Keep them updated
Portfolio – especially for fine arts students
Explanation Letter for poor performance, if
Fellowship or Assistantship - Google
Loans & Grants
In-State vs Out of State
Don’t forget insurance
Register for College Central
Tolearn about upcoming events, job
postings, internships postings, and more
go to: www.collegecentral.com/stetson